'Under a digital lake' is an installation-performance that combines digital art, sculptures, electronic soundscape, spoken words and movement study to create a posthuman landscape through a bodily and poetic narrative.
The audience is invited to enter under a digital lake where a dialogue is hosted by an orchid and a cluster of shells. The immersive installation articulates itself as an intermediation of multiple corporealities, allowing wetware and software to encounter. Here, performative body, sculptural pieces, personified GIF and digital projections inter-relate forming an assemblage of organicity and mix realities. Intertwining personal memories and research on posthuman corporealities the work questions the notion of loss in our Anthropocene era.
(Installation, sculptures, digital & moving images, text and performance: Laura Rouzet. Soundscape in collaboration with William Martin. With the voice of Suzannah Hall.)
Performance, sculptural and digital installation shown at Laurie Grove Performance Laboratory in London in July 2019.
Sculpture "Bones & Corals" exhibited at Gerald Moore gallery in Feb & March 2020 for the group exhibition 'Environmental Crisis'.
Have you ever experienced
A shift in your mind
A blip in your heart beat
A Fractioned spasm, like a glitch ?
Have you noticed
the change of the light?
the shimmer of the fish scales?
We are here,
Lost in mix realities and stuck,
just under a digital lake.
Last time we spoke,
It was few days after you had gone
I asked where you were and how you felt
“I’m ok but it’s difficult to get used to the
temperature of the water.”
I wondered what have you become?
Can you move?
(GIF OF SHELLS)
Actually I can move
But Inside I’m empty.
My body feels like a huge cavity,
Uninhabited, infinite, a void
Even the echoes of my heartbeat are muted
I’m the hollow shell of the deserter hermit
Thin and fragile, like a fine layer of ice
Lost in between the fluids of my thoughts
I wanted to talk about bodies,
I wanted to talk about bones and corals,
About Virtual landscapes and digital selves
How the other lives when one is gone?
I did not know what to do about yours.
Then, while I was peeling off my fake nails
I thought about how it had become
About Gel becoming hard shell
I then thought about seashells
about consistency and crystal structure
About viscosity and Calcium Carbonate
I thought about imprint and mould
I thought about shapes again
What do we leave behind us?
Floating under the skin of the abyss
I hear the bodies pulsing
I see the constellations glowing
Tracing your gelatinous density
Your multiple shapes are haunting me
I dream of a symbiotic relationship
Remember the Hawaiian bobsquid
hosting colonies of luminescent bacteria?
Confounding the sky
with the surface of the sea
to survive from predators below
like the moonlight and stars shine
its organ glow
(GIF OF SHELLS)
Until 400 million years ago
All life forms belonged under the sea
That is where your mind evolved
One single cell to begin with
Sensing, responding, signalling
Gelatinous animals evolved as nerves
Contortions, contractions, and twitches
The development of your nervous system.
Your first movements