Aleksandra Hirszfeld / Małgorzata Kuciewicz / Marta Ziółek - Poland

Monadology. A treatise on relationality

conception and director: Aleksandra Hirszfeld
production designer: Małgorzata Kuciewicz
centrala / choreography and text director: Marta Ziółek
costumes and AR: Krzysztof Syruć
performers: Paweł Sakowicz, Magda Marcinkowska, Marta Ziółek, Korina Kordova
sound: Maria Kozłowska, Wojtek Urbański
light installation: Architecture for Society of Knowledge, Marcin Strzała, Jacek Markusiewicz
production: Ela Petruk, Ewa Paradowska
graphic design: Olek Modzelewski
duration: 63 min

“Monadology. A treatise on relationality” is a live stage installation based on “Monadology”, written by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in 1714. His famous work seems to gain new actuality in the context of mutual interplay of human body and city. Since 1714 cognitive and biological sciences had undergone huge evolution, not to say revolution, in exploring human body and its relation to the rest of the world. It has not been a long time since Deleuze noticed that the idea presented in Leibniz’s “Monadology” is astoundingly up to date. By means of performance, the architectural design, light design, Augmented Reality Installation and audio installation the life stage installation is going to refer to the current knowledge from the field of biological sciences, and tell a metaphorical story about a city construed as a corporal being. A particularly important point of reference is the network paradigm as a way of thinking about city. The dialogue which takes place among the cells of our body, our organs, between the bodies, as well as the body and the city, resembles and determined, conditioned monologue of each part alone. The interaction is possible thanks to the network relations, which make flows and impulses possible. What is present at a micro level is also present on the large scale in the urban space – the neural network combines everything into one monadic organism. The life stage installation is constructed as a crystal-labyrinth.

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