Have you ever trusted someone you don’t know to lead you around with your eyes closed? Or tried lying down in a dark room with only your body to interpret reality?
In the works Walk, Hands, Eyes (Gamlegården) and How can we know in such darkness, the French artist Myriam Lefkowitz leads the audience on silent walks with eyes closed through the Gamlegården housing estate in Kristianstad. The way the walkers experience the urban space can give new perspectives on how the area can be understood and developed.
Born in 1980, Myriam Lefkowitz is a performance artist, based in Paris. Since 2010, her research is focused on questions of attention and perception, research that she has been developing through different immersive devices involving one spectator and one performer. Her work has been presented at The Venice Biennal, at Pompidou (Paris), at Le Mouvement (Biel), for Situations (Bristol), The Center for Contemporary Art (Vilnius), for MDE15 (Medellin) among others. She took part in the master of experimentation in Art and Politics (SPEAP, Science Po Paris) founded by Bruno Latour, which main purpose is to shift the representation and definition of current public issues. In 2013, she becomes part of SPEAP teaching committee. She is regularly invited for workshops and talks by the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Open School East (London), the HEAD (Genève), the Royal Institute of Art (Artistic Research and Development, Stockholm), the Samdami Art Foundation (Dacca), the School of Architecture (Versailles). She currently is developing a collaborative project, La Piscine: a gathering of different artistic practices activated in a public space.
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Jean-Philippe Derail is a film editor, performer and film maker, he lives and works in Paris. Following an education in dance, theatre and film studies at University Lyon II, he comes to audiovisual editing after an experience of 20 years of dancing, choreography, and video dance. From 1993 to 2001, he is a full-time performer with the Groupe Kraft, he directs his first pieces inspired by the American photographer Diane Arbus. From 2001 to 2013, he develops a genre at the meeting-point of different artistic universes through hybrid forms, working on the relationship between dance and cinema, concerned with how to make use of the camera as a choreographic tool. Since 2012 he collaborates with Myriam Lefkowitz around projects : “Walk, Hands, Eyes (a city)”, “How can one know in such darkness” and “La Piscine”.
Julie Laporte is a contemporary dancer, born in 1977, currently based in Paris. She was trained in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance in EPSEDANSE (Montpellier) and in P.A.R.T.S (Brussels) where she discovered release techniques, and improvisation. In 2009, she has the opportunity to participate in one chapter of Ex.e.r.ce (CCN, Montpellier), focused on Merce Cunningham work. She studied there with Mathilde Monnier, Foofwa d’ Immobilité, Lisa Nelson and the video maker Charles Atlas. Since 2002, she has performed for different choreographers. Currently, she’s been collaborating to specific projects involving perceptive experiences especially with Myriam Lefkowitz’s projects, Walk, Hands, Eyes (a city), Et sait on jamais dans une obscurité pareille, La piscine with six other artists.