Observatory Working Group
Place of residency
Marius Ledwig was 04.04.1995 in Düsseldorf. Since a graduation in BA Dance at the Folkwang University of Arts in 2019 he is focusing on Movement Analysis and Movement Notation in the Master studies Kinetographie.
As a guest he performed in productions at Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, Aalto Theatre in Essen and Wuppertaler Tanztheater Pina Bausch. Inspired by recontextualization he approaches holistic art forms.
The use of technical knowledge of different fields to explore creative potentials of conservative aesthetics. How can former aesthetical standards be reused and rearranged to be presented in a new light. The goal is to impress through irritation. Dance styles that specifically use classical shapes but explain my personal doubts about them. A fashion style that uses feminine patterns of the last century to dress other genders weirdly sexy.
The processes begin with a concept on paper. A notation of a concrete movement. Original patterns that are reworked. Looking for different contexts and switching objects between them.
Year of participation
Observatory Working Group is a temporary research group between performance, social practice and art. It consists of dancers Marius Ledwig and Kati Masami Menze, performance artist Daria Nazarenko and visual artist Nils Sehnert.
For CC Ringenberg #2, the four participants invented a participatory research project called LANDING POINTS. In this, they will focus on Bruno Latour's term: becoming terrestrial. To become terrestrial means to create a common ground – a ground that is not seen as a capital investment for resources, but as living space. This task can only be accomplished collectively with a multiplicity of voices and acteurs – human and non-human.
In the first phase, three workshops will be developed with the aim to find instruments for an active survey of the regional living space. In this process, the habitat, together with all its entities, will be considered as a powerful starting point and benchmark for the resulting practice. The workshops aim to invite the people of Hamminkeln to take part in a performative research, held by Kati Masami Menze, Daria Nazarenko and Marius Ledwig. An additional material research will be provided by Nils Sehnert.
In the second phase, a form will emerge from the collected material for a Gesamtkunstwerk in and around Ringenberg Castle. These results will be presented in a publicly accessible, installative archive.