Click on the video below to get an explanation of Environ/Man in less than two minutes
For the elaborate project plan please scroll down.
Table of Contents
- Summary: A total experience for visitors
- Synergy & Cooperation
- Podia & Publieken
- Living People
- Reaching audiences & sorting effect
- Realisation & Planning
1. Summary: Total involvement of the public
Environ/Man is a multimedial installation, in which live performances take place. The content of the installation accords with this concept; Environ/Man deals with how Man modifies his surroundings to his needs and is then forced to adapt to those surroundings: pristine nature, cultivated lands and the urban environment. Man depends on Nature for his survival, still he persists in threatening and destroying it. He turns Paradise on Earth into a barren, infertile desert.
While the megapole seems to be the only place for people to survive, Man makes his cities into inhumane stone jungles, where only the values of a technocratic free market prevail.
Three large objects dominate the installation Environ/Man, I call them loci, places. These objects carry moving images, projected by several video projectors. Visitors as well as performers pass through these projections, thus creating a simple form of interaction. More intelligent forms of interaction are under investigation.
is — in principle — a heavenly place, a pastoral Arcadia, where man, animal & nature live in harmony. In principle, because this paradise is minder constant threat, of development, urbanisation, progress.
Visitors can take place on Ɛde.
is an angulair architectural shape, made of semi tansparant stretch fabriek. Visitors will walk through the video beams, touch the surface of nirgend, so changing their own experience and becoming part of the installation.
nirgend refers to the impersonal megacity en suburbs. The —visual and musical — rhythm of this locus is energetic, nervous.
refers to the horizon of the landscape that Environ/Manis. It also quotes the wide cinema screen. Its projection ‘spills’ onto the waals and floor around it. The audience can walk around it to experience the spatial projection.
Thematically Ver West stands for unknown and far lands, to be pioneered, and in the process, inevitably natures and cultures are destroyed.
These loci are all being lit by lights and moving abstract and semi abstract. Anke Brouwer created for Environ/Man a soundscape, in collaboration with guitar player Kees Spijker, trompet player/singer Ruth Becker en cello player Tjakina Oosting.[This is my own translation of the extensive project proposal, originally in Dutch. Apologies for the crudeness of my English]
What makes Environ/Man unique?
As far as “content” goes, I am fascinated and puzzled by the way human kindness relates to its surroundings, the environments it lives in. Man modifies, adjusts nature to its own purposes and is then forced to adapt to the changing environment. His ‘natural’ tendency to always explore new area’s, horizons, he threatens the same nature on which he depends is. And cities he turns into concrete jungles.
Artistically my mission is the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’, the unification of all possible media to create a total, comprehensive experience for the audience. Environ/Man is a station on this mission. It takes the shape of an installation, in which different disciplines are in dialogue. It is my ambition to create an experience that involves its public, submerges it. This experience is abstract and meaningful, but beyond words.
Environ/Man has a clear and given shape. As a ‘stand alone’ the installation can be visited as in a gallery or museum.
The installatie can also be host to different kinds of input, such as live music, dance, movement, declamation, singing. It can be adapted to its context and performers, who could be professionals, amateurs or students. The visitor/spectator also plays an integral part in the installation.
This social and interdisciplinary aspect is important to me; to share experience and knowledge.
The project is a laboratory and platform, which could be developed over several years. For visitors it will be an involving, engulfing experience. Though technically sophisticated, the primary goal is to move people.
Environ/Man is a cohesive, self contained project as well as a step towards what I like to call ‘abstract music theatre’ or ‘spatial cinema’.
2. Synergy &collaboration
Environ/Man is an open en flexible project which delivers artistic synergy. The project can be placed in various contexts. It is a laboratory for interdisciplinary collaboration. The input of performing & creative artists is crucial.
The installation is light en transportable; the required technical equipment is (partly) available in most theatres or can be easily rented. With apt support the project can work with a variety of participants, both amateur and professional.
3. Podiums & Audiences
Environ/Man is a meeting place for artists and public. Distance and distinction between makers and spectators diminishes. Both are participants.
The first full-fledged presentation of Environ/Man will be in Ostadetheater Amsterdam, within a framework of a weekend, devoted to the fusion of art and theatre, 26-28 Februari 2016.
With Codarts Rotterdam, school for music, music theatre and circus arts talks are ongoing about an interdisciplinary project week around Environ/Man, April 2016.
Also with international festival for song, opera and music theatre “Operadagen Rotterdam 2016”, May 2016 negotiations are underway.
Environ/Man can be placed in a small theatre room or art gallery (ideally abut 12 x 18 m). The space has an even floor and enough space around the objects for visitors to wander.
In the installatie three (for now) large objects are placed. These three ‘loci’ are projected on by two to four projectors and some spot lights.
A soundscape is part of the installation
Under investigation are techniques such as randomisation, sensory reaction to movement and the application of mist and smell
Through this blog the making proces can be followed.
Here follows a more extensive explanation in word and image — and a few sound samples — of the content of Environ/Man, in particular the three large objects.
is a reaction to the impersonal, inhumane op de onpersoonlijke, onmenselijke, inhospitable environment of the megapole, but also the city’s edges, the suburbs.
This environment has a nervous, even nerve wrecking pace; mechanical, technical. It is an environment created by man, in which people can barely live.
Below a short video of design, execution and imagery of locus nirgend.
nirgend is an architectural shape of semi transparent material, about three and a half metres wide and high. Several video projectors project on nirgend. The images are mainly shot in urban areas, but also along highways, railways. The projections overlap partly, alter the perspective, distort it visually.
Visitors move around nirgend heen, throw shadows and alter their own perception.
The soundscape is made by composer Anke Brouwer & guitar player Kees Spijker.
Below two video fragments for locus nirgend.
This material will be further elaborates, mixed and repeated.
Above: short example of video for nirgend: Four Fast Lanes Times Two 69
Below: fragment of investigatory sketches into horizontally overlapping video:
Destination Amsterdam Central 2880*1080 150
Above: video fragment, that will be used innirgend : HoneyComb HighWays 130
Ɛde is an arcadian, heavenly place. That is, in principle. The shape is at first sight “nice”, inviting. The images are quiet, soft and natural: foliage, trees, fields, skies, water flows.
But this paradise is inde constant threat. At its edges appear pylons for power cables, wind turbines, city’s edges, industrial areas.
Below an impression of this locus.
Now and the a human shape appears, a vaguely recognizable referral to the naked, virginal man.
Concretely Ɛde is an islandlike shape of about two three metres accross. Visitors can take place on it and change its projection.
In this video clip Molino sets on Ede an impression van Ede in the form of plaster model, video and a beautiful clarinet-theme of Oğuz Büyükberber.
Coing en Fleurs (hieronder) is ann excerpt from a longer video, to be elaborated for locus Ɛde.
This video also, Read Beeches 1280 720 80, will, in one shape or other, be part of van locus Ede
The montage below, Etang des Copins, shows a first impression of how landscape, nature and the human body will be integrated in Environ/Man .
is a wide, concave screen of a gauzy fabric. Pylons on either side refer to telegraph poles and high-voltage pylons.
Ver West will acre imagery about the landscape, both natural and developed areas. Ver West is the horizon that hides the unknown, beyond which lies the promised land. Pioneering these unknowns inevitably brings violence and destruction. The human body also plays a part here.
Anke Brouwer makes the soundscape voor Ver West, in collaboration with singer Ruth Becker.
Below a simulation of the locus Ver West using a model 1:6 with video of about six minutes. Purpose is a six meters wide object with video of about twenty minutes long.
6. Living People
Important to Environ/Man is collaboration with other artists. It is innovating environment, in which additional contributions, vocal, musical, textual, are essential. It makes the project into a laboratory.
- Sharing Knowledge & Experience
Through collaboration with artists of different disciplines, I would like to contribute to a common body of knowledge regarding synchronicity, synergy and the creation of ‘Gesamtkunstwerke’. Of course I already share these experiences through social media en use them in presentations.
- Artistic Collaborators
Op dit moment zijn de volgende mensen artistiek bij Environ/Man betrokken:
Ab Baars, jazz musician (20 Nov)
Ruth Becker, vocals and trumpet, collaboration soundscape, Amsterdam
Anke Brouwer, Amstelveen, Composer of the soundscape
Oğuz Büyükberber, clarinet, bass clarinet electronic composer, Amsterdam (20 Nov?) (22 Nov)
Laura Carmichael, clarinet, bass clarinet, Amsterdam (22 Nov)
David Fischer, construction & technical advice (20-22 Nov)
Monica Germino, (elektrisch) violins, Amsterdam, Yale
David Eggert, cello, Berlijn (21 Nov)
Wiek Hijmans, electric guitar, Amsterdam (22 Nov)
Benjamin Kuitenbrouwer, circus artist (technical assistance 20-22 Nov)
Yinka Kuitenbrouwer, actress/theater maker
Elise Lorraine, vocals, accordeon, Amsterdam, Londen (20-22 Nov)
Peerke Malschaert, theater maker (20-22 Nov)
Jirin Meilgaard, acrobat
Tjakina Oosting, cello, Amsterdam, soundscape
Peter van Os, accordeon, trombone, composer, Amsterdam (22-22 Nov?)
Martin Reints, poet, Amsterdam, Brantgum (20-22 Nov?)
Ruby Soliman, actress, songwriter, Rotterdam (20-22 Nov?)
Tanja Sap, visual artist
Kees Spijker, guitars and comaker of the soundscape, Amsterdam (20 Nov) (22 Nov?)
Bart Top, poet, Amsterdam (20-22 Nov)
Inez Verhille, dancer, Ghent (20-22 Nov)
Marc Winder, saxes, Amsterdam (20-22 Nov?)
- Collaborators content, technicalities and advices
Frank Daalder, artist, Amsterdam, advice
Rutger van Dijk, Rapenburg Plaza, technical advice
Marion Beltman, business and marketing advice
Willem Hering, voorheen ASKO|Schönberg & Ictus, nu Veenfabriek, advice
Willem Heshusius, camera (& licht) studio- & exterior-.
Rozé Leemput, WG Kunst, location, advice
Jaap Oostveen, technical advice
Jelle Oppers, Beamsystems, advice en supply of equipment
Hilde Teuchies, Vlaams Theater Instituut, Brussel, advice
Mark Walraven, Ostade A’dam, advice & programming Februari 2016
- People with whom talks are ongoing on different aspects
Alida Dors, creatief leider dansgezelschap Backbone
Joshua van ’t Hoff, film maker, talks about ‘The Making of Environ/Man’.
7. Publiek bereiken en effect sorteren
Ongoing activities in communication and marketing:
Reporting the projects progress, sketches & models, on this website, Facebook, Vimeo, Youtube.
A “The Making Of” by Joshua van ’t Hoff (ov)
Collaboration with partners en podia (ARTWEST, Codarts, Ostadetheater WG Kunst & Operadagen)
- Why organisations should cooperate with Environ/Man
Environ/Man is a laboratory and a forum, een place for encounter, experiment and discussion for artists, technicians and programmers,
The project offers aan locations & programmers a fusion between sculptural art and theater and an innovative way to engage audiences.
It also offers organisors & programmers of festivals & other events to create added value with artists already participating in the event.
In the future Environ/Man will also be available for amateur artists, students and other groups, such as Codarts, school of performing arts.
Environ/Man investigates several artistic problems, such as:
- Image and sound mutually influence each other in the experience of the beholder.
- Question: how can image, sound and space play equally valuable, yet abstract parts in the experience of the visitor of Environ/Man.
- Meaning comes about in the encounter of maker and public in and around the visible, audible and tangible reality of the installation.
- Question: How to make this encounter between maker and audience more meaningful, more concrete and of influence to the reality of the installation.
- Synergy of different media can be brought about in various ways and on several levels: through direct, automatic interaction, simultaneity or synchronicity, live interaction, improvisation, in scores of programmes and on a conceptual level.
Question: how to make effective choices in the framework of Environ/Man.
In connection to the above there are numerous technical and productional issues to resolve, such as:Is it possible to project onto mist?
- Can sound be manipulated by shadows occurring in the projections?
- Can performers be supplied with portable sound amplification?
- Can a projector follow a moving dancer?
- Can live (streaming) video be used in Environ/Man?
Can we give the Environ/Man’s visitor’s nose something to do as well?
8. RealisatiON & Planning
A very important step will be taken in November with the first experimental presentation in WG Kunst, Amsterdam 20-22 November 2015.
Environ/Man has an option for 26-28 February 2016 in Ostadetheater Amsterdam. Details will follow.
With Codarts & Operadagen conversation continue about collaboration April/May 2016.
Applications for residencies & funding are underway.