August 25, 2016 6-8PM
Presented at Garis & Hahn, 263 Bowery
New York NY 10002
Co-hosted by Culturadora and AH Arts
MOTUS Empathés, a new interactive multidisciplinary performance by Arantxa Araujo that explores the human movement as essential for the development of empathy.
Araujo applies Neuroscience principles and our understanding of movement to performance and art to allow audiences to access experiences and increase consciousness.
Arantxa Araujo (b.1984) is a choreographer and multidisciplinary artist based in New York City as well as a practicing Neuroscientist with an MA in Motor Learning and Control from Columbia University. She was awarded a full scholarship from Mexican Government Institution CONACYT, and received her BA in Theater Studies Emerson College in Boston in 2007. Araujo is a certified yoga teacher under the instruction of Dharma Mittra (2010). She received maximum certification from London based¬ performer and yogi Edward Clark (Tripsichore) in 2012.
This project is based on Araujo’s previous research about Mirror Neurons (found in the motor cortex, which are activated with observation and visualization of biological movement without executing the action) and their affect one's ability to understand the experience of the other, erasing otherness barriers and creating emotional openness. In MOTUS Empathés, the figure is obscured with the background and it is only with 13-15 LED lights placed on the body at key joints that the human form is revealed. The viewer is meant to infer the entire body through the illumination, movement, and placement of the LED lights during the performance, but the full outline of a form is actually never visible.
Araujo uses experimental methods to isolate the perception of movement of sociocultural prejudices in order to raise awareness of the universality of our body language and the importance of transcending barriers acquired through cultural codes and habits. During the showing, the artist plans to collect qualitative reactions of the public, becoming a vital part of the work. For this performance, she is joined by five dancers and has partnered with Dan Zlotnik and Carina López, who created the accompanying music.
The two site-specific installations by Gabrielle Duggan and Jillian Clark in Linear Tensions curated by Alixandra Hornyan | AH Arts will serve as a set for Araujo's interactive performance, and in parallel, help to address issues of memory, of connectivity and displacement, and the ongoing formation of identity; one line in relation to another.