Matchbox Lab #3

Tues, Nov 12, 7pm-9pm
Tanja London <> Camila Magrane
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 Spark something new.

Matchbox is an art+tech interactive lab series, hosted at CounterPulse with partners ZERO1 & Kinetech Arts, that seeds collaboration beyond discipline.

Designed as public practicum labs, Matchbox pairs creative technologists with dancers and choreographers to spark critical investigations and seed cutting-edge works.

Matchbox creates an opportunity for these two creative communities to find places of overlapping values, and serves as a framework for a more collaborative urban arts ecology. The public is invited to the labs below to join as project participants and viewers.

Matchbox artists are encouraged to further develop work for DanceHack 2020.

Matchbox Lab #3: Tanja London <> Camila Magrane

For Matchbox Lab #3, Tanja London & Camilla Magrane invite you to a community ritual to examine the labyrinth of your fears. Through experimental filmmaking and meditation, we will muse on the constraints and restrictions in our everyday lives as we scatter our fears across the floor.

Labyrinths have a worldwide tradition since over 4000 years but there are no definite conclusions of what they were used for and why they appeared in people’s cultures roughly at the same time. The oldest stone carved classical labyrinths can still be visited in Europe, America and India. Other, less old labyrinths have been found on Cretian coins, Hopi Indian basket designs, older wooden Moslem mosques in Pakistan, Hindu Temples in India, in Batak manuscripts from Indonesia, in form of walkable stone labyrinths around the Baltic Coast, turf labyrinths in English village greens, and in Medieval manuscripts and Gothic Cathedrals.

The relationship of dance and labyrinths is as intriguing as the history of labyrinth itself. There is mythical and historical evidence of labyrinth dances in ancient Greece, labyrinth related rite of passage rituals in the Roman Empire as well as in Scandinavia and England, hints towards more matriarchal labyrinth meditations to access the nurturing energy of the goddess, as well as adapted fertility Easter rituals in Medieval times.

Today people celebrate the mystery of labyrinths and seek the plain benefits that they bring as walking meditations. Lauren Artress, the author of ‘Walking a Sacred Path’ states: “The labyrinth is a tool for transformation. It is a crucible for change, a blueprint for the sacred meeting of psyche and soul, a field of light, a cosmic dance. It is a center for empowering ritual.” (Artress, 1995).

Walking a labyrinth is a unifying meditation practice on an intra- and interpersonal level, including relations to all bright energetic forms which span in the web of relative space and time.

Tanja London

Tanja London is a visual, haptic and kinesthetic artist based in West Oakland, CA. She grew up in Germany rummaging around in the beautiful wide spread forests of the South and in her WWll family history.

Querying social and hierarchical constructs is an integral part of who she is. Her work has a feminist viewpoint and explores sociopolitical and ecological discourses such as the erosion of democracy, inherited stress and trauma, the cultural impact of military technology, climate change and resilience.

Camila Magrane

Camila Magrane is a multimedia artist originally from Caracas, Venezuela. Having a father from the US and a mother from Venezuela, she grew up alternating between both countries. Being fully exposed to two different cultures gave her a greater understanding of what it means to have various perspectives.

After graduating from film school in Caracas, she moved back to San Francisco to continue her studies in photography and visual storytelling. Camila later moved on to work in the game industry as a cinematic artist.

Most recently, she has been exploring the involvement of technology and interactivity in art. This has driven her to obtain a Bachelor of Science in computer science with a concentration in game development. She continues to hone her skills as a creative coder through the creation of interactive videos, installations and games.

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Matchbox is supported by the San Francisco Grants for the Arts’ Neighborhood Arts Collaborative.

Photo courtesy of artists.


November 12, 2019