Online: Contingency Planning // Erin Sexton and Yohei Hamada
Erin Sexton + Yohei Hamada
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Contingency Planning is a project initiated by Erin Sexton in collaboration with movement researcher / dance artist Yohei Hamada. Formatted as a workshop, exhibition and happening, it is an open-structure exploration of sci-fi strategies, collective movement and metaphysical sculpture. In response to the current pandemic, the project is being presented online as a series of livestreaming events and an open discussion forum.
Thursday March 19, 19:00 - 21:00 CET(GMT+1)
Erin Sexton, livestream exhibition + artist talk
Friday March 20, 16:00 - 17:00 CET(GMT+1)
Yohei Hamada, livestream movement workshop
Friday March 20, 19:00 - 22:00 CET(GMT+1)
non-local RAVE + livestream exhibition
Sexton is interested in creating speculative new methods for coping with future anxiety, often via the exploration of perception and dimensionality. Situated within social realities while pushing beyond, her works slide into cracks in control narratives and power structures, seeking to dissolve boundaries and hierarchies.
'Contingency planning' is the act of imagining possible future events, often catastrophic, and figuring out ways to handle them. 'Contingency' is also a term in contemporary philosophy that refers to a state of change and uncertainty, where the foundation of reality is in constant flux, and absolutely anything is possible.
Sexton has created a series of wearable / occupiable sculptures from paracord, tarpaulin, knots, and netting that she considers metaphysical technologies, hybrid tools for basic survival and hyperdimensional experience: Harnesses that grant us new abilities and protect us from harm, doubling as gentle restraints for skepticism. Colourful globular nets to contain, amplify, focus, or deflect energy as needed. Shelters within shelters, topological forms that resonate across manifold dimensions. Hamada brings his extensive knowledge of body structure and movement dynamics to the project, creating a bridge from the physical to the beyond.
Paracord (parachute cord) is a nylon material that was originally developed by the U.S. military. 'Survival bracelets' made of it are now quite the trend. In the event of an emergency, the bracelet can be unravelled and the cord used for whatever is needed. Sexton is working to subvert doomsday prepper culture and militaristic ideology, re-contextualizing this material within her practice as an agent of resistance, healing, and collectivity.
The project is made possible with the support of Kulturrådet, Bergen Kommune, BEK, Kurant, and the Tromsø Art Academy.
ERIN SEXTON (b. 1982) is a Canadian artist based in the forest near Oslo, Norway. Her sculptures and installations involve found objects, tarpaulin, tape, traditional rope work (knots, splices, netting), textiles, and crystallization processes. A sci-fi survivalist narrative runs through her work, exploring alternate paradigms, strange topologies, soft apocalyptics, and speculative cosmologies. She is a licensed amateur radio operator (LB9OH/VE2SXN), using ionospheric transmission for collective ritual and expanded forms of communication. Cross-disciplinary collaboration is central to her practice, which often results in conferences, workshops, and publications.
YOHEI HAMADA (b. 1987) is a Japanese dance artist and movement researcher based in Bergen, Norway. He develops choreographies concerning time, space, and perception, exploring tensegrity models and evolutionary principles. His research focuses on movement structure, involving collaborators from many different subject fields, using references to embryology, physics, architecture, martial arts and various dance methods.