a collective for transdisciplinary art and research comprising Kerstin Ergenzinger, Bnaya Halperin-Kaddari and Kiran Kumar
From within the practices of sculpture, music and dance, we declare a commitment to subtlety and nuance as methods with which to seek out, affirm and share a life-ness that we see as so important to our world today. Towards this, our collaborative practice invites bodies to collect and connect in order to navigate sensory entanglements. These entanglements happen within our collective as sono-choreographic Playgrounds, and with a wider public as sono-choreographic Environments.
The Playgrounds are interspaces of our individual practices of installation, performance, instrumental music and writing. They are at once laboratory-studio-garden-kitchen spaces for intensifying our states of knowing and unknowing.
The Environments we make are hybrids of performative, exhibitory and discursive modes of engaging with art and research. Opening up our experiences to more than human realms, they invite us to collectively excavate the poetic from within the scientific, the sonic from stasis, and the gesture from a sea of actions.
About the collective
Kerstin Ergenzinger is a visual and sonic artist working across the fields of sculpture, sound, kinetics, light and drawing. The inextricable relations between body and world, perception and the perceived, sensing and sense making are central themes of her practice.
Bnaya Halperin-Kaddari is a musician and sonic artist. His work explores the intricate connections between sound and space, and music’s place-making abilities. His work has taken the form of concert music, improvisation performance and installation.
Kiran Kumar is a dance artist, researcher and writer. His work focuses on unpacking understandings of the human body-mind through a trifold practice of dance as art, science and ritual, and on the proposals for change that these understandings may hold for our contemporary world.
The Sono-Choreographic Collective was born out of instinctive connections that developed between us during our individual fellowship term at the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences between 2016 and 2018. Through many conversations and studio visits during this period, we realised that we are indeed investigating similar spaces of the subtle through the different means of sculpture, music and dance.
“Conjoining three bodies of knowledge in view of the common question of environmental relations, Ergenzinger, Halperin Kaddari and Kumar create a unique possibility for articulating vital concerns of the moment: the nervous intelligence of matter, the sonic depth of lived environmental perception, and the fundamental plasticity of space and time are rendered tangible in their collaborative work. They perform installations, or install conditions for performance, as a testing ground for the confluence of their knowledge and desire.”
– Jan Verwoert, Curator