META | m o r p h

Inka Kendzia & Louise Coetzer with Darkroom Contemporary

META| m o r p h is an interactive online experience fusing dance, music, projection art & animation, to ideate digital disruption of the human experience. At the intersection between art and technology, this production speaks to digital disruption and its effects on our human experience, today and in the near future. Digital and virtual connections weave us together, creating new modes for connection, while simultaneously causing isolation. The work immerses the viewer in a dreamscape where the dialogue between real and virtual, human and digital, collides indefinitely.

META | m o r p h is an interactive film, inviting you, the viewer, into a “choose your own adventure” style experience. At the start of the journey, you are presented with four representations:
evolution
rebirth
transfiguration
alteration
By selecting one option, you enter a room where you meet the main character for that channel.  After each chapter, you will be given the choice between two options to continue watching the character’s journey. Each choice results in a unique interaction between the main character and their virtual self, human self, invisible self, or fictional self, while also determining which conclusion of that character’s story you experience. Once you reach an ending, the interactive film gives you the option to go back to the start of the same story and make different choices, to experience another outcome. Or, you could select a new word, to start a second journey with a different character. After that play through, choose your next story or restart the same story with new choices, and so on.
The average viewing of one story ends after 7 minutes.There is 46 minutes of unique footage divided between 28 segments. Trying out all possible options across all four stories, results in 52 minutes of unique play.

 

Creative Team:

Concept & Direction: Inka Kendzia & Louise Coetzer
Music: Brydon Bolton, Mr Sakitumi, Shane Cooper, Matthijs van Dijk
Choreography: Louise Coetzer
Projection Art, Visual Effects & Compositing: Inka Kendzia
Performed by: Christopher Sherwood – Adcock, Farnel Smart, Mukovhe Monyai, Carla Scholtz, Gabriel Mehlomakhulu
Lidar Scan & 3D: Jason Stapleton
Videography: Oscar O’Ryan & Inka Kendzia
Edit: Oscar O’Ryan
Coding: Lasse Manson

 

Presented as part of Creativate Digital Arts Festival.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Inka Kendzia is an acclaimed visual artist having exhibited and collaborated internationally. Her collaborative projection art, with the amazing Faith47, has been well received in New York, Berlin, Cape Town and Cincinnati, with a holographic experience at Art Basel Miami. She also exhibited her short film in Reykjavik, after a month-long artist residency in Iceland. Her personal art examines the notion of non-self, exploring vulnerability and the confluence of human and nature. She especially loves creating IMMERSIVE PROJECTION ART INSTALLATIONS and has combined this with VR. She moves fluidly between the art and commercial world, directing and creating visuals and mixing these live for renowned DJs and musicians, both locally and internationally. An example of this is directing all show-visuals for Black Coffee’s MUSIC IS KING Festivals and mixing all visuals for the main stage at the BUSHFIRE Festival for the past 4 years. Her motion designs can be seen on Oscar winning documentary ‘The Beatles – Eight days a week’ as well as ‘Pavarotti’, both directed by Ron Howard. Working on documentaries and being a part of the team that tells real and meaningful stories, as well as collaborating with artists across all mediums, means a lot to her.

LOUISE COETZER (b 1980, South Africa) is a choreographer working within the genres of site-specific performance creation, choreography for the stage, and dance film. Her works are experiential, experimental and innovative, and often have interdisciplinary collaboration at their core. She is founder and artistic director of Darkroom Contemporary, a project-based dance theatre company formed as a vehicle to reimagine dance through its innovative approach to staging and presenting performance works. Her works place a strong focus on the complexities inherent in human interaction and the exploration of alternative approaches. Recently she staged new works at the Centre for the Less Good Idea and the Zeits Museum Of Contemporary Art Africa and was nominated for a Fringe FRESH CREATIVE Award at the 2016 Cape Town Fringe Festival. She was commissioned by the Iziko Planetarium and UCT Centre for Curating the Archive to create new content for their digital dome. Her immersive film WRPD was awarded best film in the inaugural Under the Dome Festival of experimental film. Coetzer approaches dance making as a medium for narrative and connection – that of the bodies within space, but also with the aim of connecting dance as art form to the world outside the studio or theatre, and to other art forms.

OSCAR O’RYAN is a photographer and videographer specializing in capturing movement and dance as well as reportage style visual stories. He works with a range of theatre companies including The Baxter Theatre, The Cape Dance Company, Jazzart Dance Theatre, The Baxter Dance Festival, Infecting the City Festival, Dance For All, New Africa Theatre, and Skenkonst Sormland, capturing rehearsal, performance, marketing and studio photography. He has launched various personal projects which focus on storytelling through photo reportage and has shown solo exhibitions at Youngblood Gallery, Let There Be Light, City Hall and the Baxter Theatre Centre. Oscar’s dance film works produced by Darkroom Contemporary have screened at the Burgundy International Festival of Video Dance (France), Agite Y Sirva (Mexico), British Film Institute (UK), Foreign Exchange (Paris, France) and the GLAMY Awards (Finland). O’Ryan is co-founder of Darkroom Contemporary, a Cape Town based experimental dance theatre company, where he implements photo and video projects geared towards raising the profile of dance as art form.

VR ARTIST: JASON STAPLETON works with Lidar as an art form. He seeks to re-contextualize the world as it exists by presenting impossible perspectives in a mutable representation of the real.Via VR he attempts to challenge the viewer’s sense of embodiment, in this he wishes to allow the viewer a loosened sense of self.

MR SAKITUMI (Sean Ou Tim) is a classically trained pianist, multi-instrumentalist, sound creator and collaborating artist. As Mr Sakitumi, he has taken these skills even further into the electronic music and art worlds. Apart from 4 solo album releases, he has recorded with Freshly Ground, GoodLuck, Johnny Clegg, Lark, Jeremy Loops and many more. Sean has produced music for theatre productions like ‘Afrogalactic’ (dir Catherine Henegan), ‘Powerstruggle’ (Nik Rabinowitz) and the annual Makabra Ensemble silent movie experience at the Labia Theatre In the art world, collaborations with Inka Kendzia and FaithXLVII, has led to his music and re-arrangements being heard in Berlin, Iceland, Miami, Cincinatti and Cape Town. Sean is an experienced and acclaimed composer for commercials, creating music to picture. In addition to this, he enjoys remixing audio and video using turntables. As an Ableton Certified Trainer (1 of 2 in SA, 1 of 300+ worldwide) he has also been teaching music production since 2013. For the past 6 years, Sean has been very busy as the bassist in the Jeremy Loops band, touring internationally to N.America, Europe, Aus/NZ, the UK and all over South Africa.

MATTHIJS VAN DIJK is a composer and arranger, as well as an active chamber and orchestral musician based in Cape Town, South Africa. Van Dijk has written several commissions for numerous chamber ensembles and orchestras, locally and internationally, such as South African pianist Jill Richards, the Carnegie Hall affiliated Decoda Ensemble, and the Germany based Signum Quartet. In 2018, van Dijk was Co-Composer In Residence at the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, sharing the residency with Lungiswa Plaatjies. In 2003 van Dijk won the Priaulx Rainer Prize for composition and in 2006 he was the recipient of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship for Composition. In 2005 he received a Kanna Award nomination for his work with Karen Zoid and the Sontonga Quartet at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees. As a violinist, van Dijk co-founded The Night Light Collective (formerly The ShhArt Ensemble), a chamber music group made up of composers dedicated to performing new South African art music.

BRYDON BOLTON is a versatile musician who plays classical, jazz and world music. He has performed on 5 continents. He was a member of the South African New Music Ensemble and has performed with the Cape Town and the KwaZulu-Natal philharmonic orchestras. He is a member of the award winning Insurrections Ensemble. He has composed music for many dance and theatre pieces and has performed at many festivals worldwide.

SHANE COOPER is a bassist, composer and producer based in Johannesburg. Known for his work in jazz music, electronic music, as well as film and theatre scores. In 2013 he was selected as the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz in South Africa. In 2014 his album Oscillations won the South African Music Award for Best Jazz Album. He is known for his work with MABUTA, the Kyle Shepherd Trio, Card On Spokes, Zim Ngqawana, and many more. As a composer for film Shane has written music for the award-winning documentaries Forerunners by Simon Wood, Orbis by Simon Wood, Port Nolloth: Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Felix Seuffert, and co-produced the orchestral recording of Kyle Shepherd’s score for the feature film Noem My Skollie. His most recent work in composition for theatre was in 2019 for SAMSON by Brett Bailey. The production won two awards at Woordtrofees (Woordfees awards) for Best Technical Performance and Best Musical Theatre Production, as well as Best Music Production in Theatre at the Kyknet Fiestas. He also writes and performs electronic dance music under the name Card on Spokes, and has shared the stage with Little Dragon, and Young Fathers, and performed live on Boiler Room.