Telepathic Improvisation

Installation with HD, 20 min.,

Performance: Marwa Arsanios, MPA, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Werner Hirsch

With reference to current violent social conditions Telepathic Improvisation explores the ways in which others (including other objects) might become part of our striving for alternative political and sexual imaginations.

Humans and non-humans, movements, speeches, gestures, music, light and smoke interpret composer Pauline Oliveros’ 1974 score of the same title. While the film unfolds in a mostly abstract way, references occur to scenes of leftist protest, to queer S&M club life, to acts of surveillance and, finally, to phantasies of new relations between human and non-human objects in an interstellar dimension.

The audience is called to telepathically communicate with all the elements of the performance. Challenging the idea of images as mere depictions of (political) actions, this filmed performance speaks about productive tensions between the fantasy of an action and the action itself.



Director of Photography: Bernadette Paassen
Color Correction: Matthias Behrens (Waveline)
Sound Design: Rashad Becker
Team at Empac:
Producer: Victoria Brooks
Project Manager: Ian Hamelin
Lighting Director: Alena Samoray
Sound: Stephen McLaughlin, Jeff Svatek
Robotic platform development and fabrication: Eric Ameres
DIT and Video: Eric Brucker, Mick Bello, Ryan Jenkins
Director for Stage Technologies: Geoff Abbas
Production Technicians: Carl Lewandowski, Mike Wells