2586. Post-industrial civilization has collapsed. After the shock, society has reorganized into communities where agrarian self-management has become the norm: for many an ecological utopia has become a reality. In this context, a sect nostalgic for the technological era, marginalized and persecuted, gathers around the Cvlt of the Algorithm. It’s followers reject the eco-realistic philosophy of the inevitable return to the land. Their church: a bunker that used to be a data center. Their saints: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, beatified for having designed the algorithm in the ancient world. The ultimate goal of a cvltist is the Dematerialization, which will bind his soul to others in paradise: the Clovd.
SANCTVS ALGORITHMVS – Extract from the SaintData
Many ex-digital artists have joined the Cvlt. They paint wall art in pixels form, carve out squares in stone to fake screens, try to relight dead pixels out of electronic waste. It is told that with each appearance of the Techno-Pope -the Prometheus of the high connection- an initiate is chosen for an awakening ritual by uploading his soul to the Clovd. The Great Server brings the community together around the Prism and and guides the Chosen One through an audiovisual trance to the absolution of his flesh.
Eigengrau is an immersive performance by eqko collective which combines digital stage design, concert and choreography in a futuristic tale which relates a spiritual quest in a world where digital technology has disappeared. It is conducted by its both authors and performers : Raphael Foulon, digital and audiovisual artist, Celine Signoret, choreographer and stage manager, and Benjamin Vedrenne, visual and plastic artist, electro costume designer.
This story is wondering of an art that has become dependent on new technologies and the resilience of the human society to digital environment. It is shaped by specific concerns of our age, offering a critical eye on certain technological uses, study of ecological metamorphoses on our bodies, existentialist thought in the search for oneself, its body and the concept of emptiness.
The show features a ceremony of the Cult of the Algorithm and stages a futuristic temple decorated with the technological remains of an extinct civilization. At its center an 8-foot high prism, bathed in light, serves as a choreographic playground for the Initiate, guided by the characters of the Grand-Priest and the Techno-Pope. In a mysterious atmosphere, the ceremony involves video projections on tulle and smoke screens, interactive lights interplays to the rhythm of a trance made of noise music and mesmerizing drums. Dance, visuals and sound come together in a live performance inviting to live an immersive experience where all senses are activated.
06.22.2020 // BRUSSELS // Perpetuum Mobile Festival (postponed to 2021)
09.19.1019 // PARIS // Chateau Ephemere
07.26-27.2019 // COUCOOL festival
06.08.2019 // PARIS // ¡SAUVAGE SONIQUE? Villette Sonique @Cabaret Sauvage
05.04.2019 // LILLE // LilleVJ fest 19′ @Volume Ouvert
EIGENGRAU // Immersive performance ∞ AUDIO ∞ VIDEO ∞ DANCE
Concept: eqko collective
Video, music: Raphael Foulon
Choreography, staging: Celine Signoret
Set design, electro costumes: Benjamin Vedrenne
Post-connection rituals performed by Raphael Foulon, Celine Signoret, Benjamin Vedrenne
Photos 1+2 ©eqko ; Photo 3 LilleVJfest19′ ©AkimMokrani