Spoon Dance In The Hippocampus
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BETTINA HENKEL

danse des cuillères

Exhibition at bétonsalon Paris
14 – 24 April 2005


Exhibition View Research Tableaux
12 of 26 digital colour prints, 60 x 71,5 cm
(see Research Diary)


 
 
xoros ton koutalion (Spoon Dance)
2005, Video installation with 5 DVDs, monitors and players > Video
(see Video Calender)
 


 
Spoon Dance In The Hippocampus
2004/2005
Spoons
2005, 22 digital colour prints on alucobond, 20 x 30 cm


 
 
Private View Of Documentaries On Spoon Dance –
Drandaki, Antzaka, Mavromichali

2005, DVD, video projection
(see Research Diary, Februar 18, and March 11)
 



danse des cuillères

“Spoon Dance In The Hippocampus” employs a Greek dance from Asia Minor to investigate learning processes. In this dance the dancers use a pair of wooden spoons in each hand to create a rhythmic beat while their feet dance steps with a different rhythm. Training units performed during a given time span the project aimed to hone the skills required for this dance, particularly the hand-feet coordination. This practice process was documented with a video camera. The visualization took the form of a Video Calendar and the learning process was reflected in a Learning Diary. At the Bétonsalon Paris it was shown as a video installation “Spoon Dance Practice”, (2005) with 5 DVDs, monitors and a DVD player.

While working on this project new questions emerged about the spoon dance, concerning its origin, its socio-cultural embedding and the authenticity it is ascribed. An additional "Research Diary" (2005) on the homepage, two series of photographs (26 “Research Tableaux”, 2005, 12 of 26 digital colour prints, 60 x 71,5 cm and 22 “Spoons”, 2005, 22 digital colour prints on alucobond, 20 x 30 cm) and a video projection “Private View Of Documentaries On Spoon Dance – Drandaki, Antzaka, Mavromichali” (DVD, 2005) were the result of two research journeys to Athens. These were shown for the first time at the Bétonsalon.




Bettina Henkel, Secession 2004