Spectra – space as organism
Spectra – space as an organism, is a long term artistic practice and research into attention and space and how their re-organisation affects one’s sense of reality and the modes of spectatorship emerging from it. Spectra has
been developed by Andrea Božić and Julia Willms and operates as the basic principle of our entire practice. In Spectra we work with the whole space and the visitor’s presence in it as part of the work: there is no such thing as empty space or a position outside. We are not in the space but we are space.
In Spectra we work with space as performative. We apply organic logic (such as dreams or organic processes in nature) to existing ‘hard’ infrastructures (such as architecture and modes of thinking) to allow for a new imaginal space to emerge in their overlap.
It combines live performance, film, digital media and architecture creating its own in-disciplinary language and formats. The aim of Spectra is to initiate processes of ‘otherwise’ thinking, imagining and feeling of the existing (familiar) realities to allow for alternative ideas, structures and realities to unfold.
In Spectra, we propose art as an interface or a mebrane towards the world by creating a rupture in perception. We develop performance and installed environments that incorporate the architectural structure of the space it is presented in and the audience trajectory through it, as part of the work. We decentralise the stage through re-organising the logic of the space and where the event takes place. We incorporate our artistic practice of the divided attention and looking in-between sharing it with the audience in playful and direct ways. Through Spectra, we on the one hand explore how the way space is organised affects how we think, move, relate to each other and feel, and on the other hand imagine new organisations of space and how we can inhabit it, embody it, move through it or share it differently. By re-organising the physical infrastructure we are interested in re-thinking social relationship and how we relate to the larger environment.
Spectra has its base in Spectra Studio in Marci Panis in Amsterdam. From there we present the works (performances, installations, digital collages, game-scores, performances in collaboration with the weather and night sky, workshops) within performing and visual arts, on architectural, organic, virtual and imagined locations, in Amsterdam nationally and internationally.
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