Photos: © Axel Lambrette
TANK is a solo performance by Doris Uhlich in collaboration with Boris Kopeinig on the subject of human body and new technologies.
At the center of the performance stands a tank built by the Berlin collective Proper Space. In the tank, the body can be shown as a field of experimentation and as an object of modification. This motif - known from science fiction, which repeatedly appears as a scenic representation of body modifications from Test Tube Girls in the 1950s tofilms such as Alien: Resurrection - usually symbolizes the isolation of unknown and dangerous life forms. In Doris Uhlich's performance, the tank is becoming a place of study and experimentation on the body transformations.
The piece has a cinematic, pictorial character, and the body material evolves from cinematic, robotic, biotechnological and medical association chain. TANK is a performance about technological promises of happiness, about the future of the body, its austerity, but also its decisiveness. With its transparent walls, the tank appears as a magnifying glass in which a dynamic and elastic space for reflection opens up.
“Doris Uhlich's performance "Tank" is disturbing and ingenious. A shudder, a certain fear of the dangerous something that grows up in this foggy, murky tube (built by the collective Proper Space) already affects the viewer. Also, very real. And yet, the whole scenery has something very aesthetic, artfully minimalistic, which will, as the performance continues, gain more weight only to be destroyed soon”.
(Christian Oscar Gazsi Laki, Westdeutsche Zeitung)
Doris Uhlich, Boris Kopeinig
Adam Czirak, Yoshie Maruoka
Boris Kopeinig, Doris Uhlich
Proper Space (Angela Ribera, Konstanze Grotkopp, Juliette Collas)
Body objects (for Site Specific Version)
Marijeta Karlovic-Graf, Margot Wehinger
Karin Harrasser and Marian Kaiser
ImPulsTanz and insert (Theaterverein).
DJ Set Track List:
Time Machines, "Psilocybin"
Electric Indigo, "Ntandathu"
Orphx, "Sever The Signal"
Peter Van Hoesen, "Hollow Eye"
insert (Theaterverein) is funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna.
TANK is produced for stage but can also be presented at site specific locations such as museums, galleries or as urban interventions like outdoor spaces.