Production Details / Press Releases
Why look at animals?
This is not a rhetoric question
And also not looking for a reason Reasoning is assuming that things make sense But they don’t
We look we look we look we look And they go they go they go they go It’s about looking and expecting nothing in return
Bring your study glasses
Put your faith in Darwin Believe with all your heart that we came from the reptiles
Put your faith in Descartes
Believe that the body has the logic of mechanics And the mind doesn’t
The title “why look at animals?” is borrowed from the book by the photographer John Berger where he describes the disappearance of animals from human’s daily life, during industrial times, in a moment in history when a new entity arrived:
The machine To broaden Berger’s question we ask: why look at humans? why look at machines? Who stands on the top of this scale?
Is it a bird? No Is it an airplane? No What is it then? It’s both
A man-nature mediator This is chapter #1 Following the evolution scale, we call it: ‘the origin of species’ or ‘the ameobi’ Thousands years of evolution compressed in less than one hour
If we skip reptiles, dinosaurs, mammals and humans What would be the next level?
Is it worthwhile to jump directly to the robot in one leap?
Cast & Credits
Choreography: Daniella Kaufman
Performance: Eli Cohen
Sounddesign: Aunung Heemyung Yang
Thanks to Helena Botto, Salome Genes, Laurent Chetouane, Constanze Schellow, Aunung Heemyung Yang
ada Studio is funded by the cultural administration of the Berlin Senate.
Management / Organization: Gabi Beier
Public relations: Silke Wiethe
Technical management & lighting design: Ansgar Tappert
Thanks to the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin and the Uferstudios-Team.
ada Studio in den Uferstudios
The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):