Anna & Johan continue to develop OR as a platform for projects of visual art, dance and performance in relation to digital technology. Here are some updates on what we do! Follow us on instagram @ongoingrealities for more currents.
Ongoing Realities (OR) premieres their new work [ e s c ] during the SITE/Specific festival on June 16th at 6pm. Tickets can be booked shortly via SITE's website. The performance [ｅ ｓ ｃ] explores escapism and where the logic of algorithms and social media inspired the choreographic investigation. During the festival week, we also have an exhibition where we show animated choreography that we developed in collaboration with the animator Dr. Formalist. In the exhibition, we also show images and film that we created together with the duo A EYE and where AR creator Yuvia Maini gives movement to the images via an interactive app called "Artivive". Download the AR app "Artivive", open the camera in it and hold it over the artwork to bring the images to life. You can also use the app in town if you see our posters outside!
With the support of the City of Stockholm and the Swedish Arts Council as well as through residency with PlayLab Skövde, the University of Skövde, the Art Museum in Skövde, Site Incubator in Farsta and Danscenter Sthlm. Poster & trailer: A EYE (Rapolas Vosylius & Vytis Gruzdys) Music: Rosanna Gunnarsson
AW med OR - 25e April
Next tuesday 25/4 we invite you to an •Escapist AW• at @denfantastiskaplatsen, Hornsgatan 124, Stockholm! Welcome from 17.00 (or before is you sneak off work.). Come by, have a drink, mingle/talk and a listen to the soundscape we’re building with Rosanna Gunnarsson, see part of our animated art film in collaboration with Dr Formalyst and connect to the piece process before the premier on the 16th of June at SITE.
During the spring we will invite you to a series of events with different takes at different spots around Stockholm City - we visited Tempo Documentary Festival in February and now invite you to mark your calendars on the 4th of May (preliminary date) at "Kroppens Hus" and 1st of June at Stadsgårdsterminalen. More info coming.
Digital Innovationsfestival at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern
On the 24th of March OR performed a site specific version of their piece "o n e - a choreographic installation and performance" at the Digital Innovationsfestival. They also casted their first VR art-experience made in 2020.
Dancing: Anna Näsström
On piano: Alexander Zethson
VR presentation: Johan Bandholtz
Artfilm in collaboration with Tanne Willow and dancers Bianca Traum and Yared Tilahun Cederlund. Costume design Demeanour designs.
VR animations: Emal Ghouse
VR programming: Vincent Wong
The 6th of March we opened Tempo documentary festival at Rival Stockholm. Ongoing Realities performed a piece from the new process of their upcoming performance [e s c] and merged it with the theme of this years Festival. The evolvement of the camera and mirrorings of your digital self was amongst the focus connected to this years display of documentaries. See and hear more about it on this video captured by Getcinemedia.
OR's latest production "[e s c]" will premiere on June 16, 2023 at 18.00 at the SITE/Specific Festival in Farsta.
"[e s c] is a choreographic investigation of escapism and "escape from reality", and how algorithms are involved in these (counter)movements. During the spring, OR will invite you to micro-installations around Stockholm where the parts eventually form a whole, with a premiere in June.
The production is created with the support of The Swedish Arts Council's restart support and with support from the City of Stockholm.
During the spring of 2023, Anna and Johan are spending time also in Moskosel, Norrbotten to develop a new digital artwork for the itinerant art gallery iM Konsthall. A residency via Moskosel creative lab and Northern sustainable futures, with support from the Cultural Council and Arvidsjaur municipality.
On the 10th of November we join Dansmässan 2022 for a showing of our piece "what comes through" on stage and also you can meet and talk to us at Mässtorget the same day! We're excited and hope to see you at Dansens Hus!
On Friday 11/11, we will be guests at "Brain Day", which is organized by Forskning & Framsteg and Modern Psychology. A full day about the brain at the Oscar Theater in Stockholm and we look forward to sharing a duet from "what comes through" together with Alexander Zethson on synthesizers.
"Two bodies meet and investigate, create and surrender a series of memories through choreography and digital techniques. What has been forgotten and re-emerged between them, and what actions are conscious? A choreography is more than just a motor scheme, the dancer's different memories affect the movement which itself is in constant change. They stage, test and flow between different temporalities and remember differently between the two. Old experiences become new and embodied before the spectators who experience a close exploration and watch a memory take shape, which they themselves are a part of."
We are excited to have had a Stockholm premier of our installation/performance "o n e" at The Stockholm Fringe Festival on the 17th of September @ Telefonfabriken! We also digitally premiered our Art Film at ArenaSTOFF. We are thrilled and honored to have won the "Excellence in performance" Award by the Fringe jury! <3
Participating artists: Alex Zethson, Rosanna Gunnarsson, Alexander Dam, Anna Näsström, Johan Bandholtz. Art Film in collaboration with videoartist Tanne Willow.
In September OR joins the Swedish Pavillion together with 7 other eminent Swedish acts & artists as part of this years Tanzmesse Festival. You will see an excerpt of our piece what comes through at Kunstpalast, close to the NRW Forum twice. We look forward to meet for talks, a fika, getting to know each other and maybe future collaborations!
"Determined yet tired, humoristic yet dark, visionary yet dystopian - the performance what comes through collects fragments, seeks contact and passes by. It's as much yours as it is ours together and through a setting of voluntary interactivity it is an intimate exploration of movement, sound, vision, objects and space. Movement travels through, and is made up by, different digital and analogue mediums that together form more or less consistent stories that are ongoing, multiple and enclosing."
"Determined yet tired, humoristic yet dark, visionary yet dystopian - the performance what comes through collects fragments, seeks contact and passes by. It's as much yours as it is ours together and through a setting of voluntary interactivity it is an intimate exploration of movement, sound, vision, objects and space. Movement travels through, and is made up by, different digital and analogue mediums that together form more or less consistent stories that are ongoing, multiple and enclosing"
what comes through is a new piece by Ongoing Realities (OR) and it is an intimate meeting between dance, architechture, physical materials and the audience. OR is inspiried by exhibition as format as it allows for the audience to choose their trajectory when experiencing art. It was developed during the spring 2022 and is currently looking to premier later this year. It is a traveling performance concept that transforms places into immersive rooms with components such as live dance, tactile sound design, 3D-printed paperwork making up our scenography, VR, AR and projections.
In the link below, you can stream a work in process of the piece and hear us speak on our artistic trajectory and upcoming work!
In june Anna and Johan were invited to Scenkonstbiennalen 2022 for a paneldiscussion on "New work for a new reality?" organised by ArenaSTOFF.
New works for a new reality? Arena STOFF invites you to a conversation to discuss the possibilities and resistance to digitized performing arts during and beyond the pandemic. Panel:
Alice Bulukin (Kreatörskollektivet Konstjord)
Anna Näsström & Johan Bandholtz (Ongoing Realities)
Cecilia Suhaid Gustafsson (Riksteatern)
Charlotte Prag (Kulturhuset Stadsteatern)
Emelie Johansson (SITE - Production Centre for Performing Arts)
Petra Huisman (Inkonst
Shaya Khalil (Artist)
Emma Bexell (Bombina Bombast)
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We partake in the EU project "Digital Leap" to learn more about digital technology and performing arts.. What’s next in the digital world for example? How can we distribute our art in a sustainable way or how can we further engage in audience participation? We will join modules 1-4 in Prague, Vilnius, Terrassa and Marseilles.
"In this module the participants will learn to understand XR and streaming technology, and how to adapt their work to these platforms. We aim to get inspired by the possibilities of these technologies as well as look into future developments in these areas. The focus of the module will be on future insights, how to use these technologies and connect to them and share experiences."
Thank you to Danscentrum Sverige and all participating organisations!
We are happy to announce that we have received support from The Swedish Arts Council for another period of development in the spring 2022 where we will continue our work with live-dance, digitalisation and working with video.
In April/May we will be at Riksteatern in Hallunda for three weeks to make a stage performance based on a previous site specific work. Looking forward to this! Follow instagram @ongoingrealities for updates !
Our premier happened during the event "Teknologi och skapande" hosted by the University of Skövde, The Swedish National Touring Company and The Art Museum in Skövde and guests were invited from different parts of the field. Johan Bandholtz joined this panel discussion on accessability, sustainability and technological development. In the panel: Johan Bandholtz, danceartist, Jenny Brusk, responsible for sustainability at Science Park in Skövde, Lissa Holloway-Attaway, leader for G/A/M/E lab at Högskolan in Skövde. In conversation with Susan Kozel and the audience.
In the summer of 2020 we both were invited to participate in the "Raucous reflectory" 1 & 3, discussing creative cooperations and reliance on technology amongst other things. Thank you all again for interesting conversations and thank you and for Skövde Högskola and Art museum in Skövde for the nomination! Raucous on the reflectories: "With the pandemic heralding the dawn of what is fast becoming the Zoom age of interaction, what does this scramble to the digital mean for international collaboration between artists and technologists?" For the Reflectories we are working with colleague organisations who have each nominated artists to participate in the discussion. These organisations are: Soulpepper Theatre, Toronto. Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto. Banff Centre of Creativity & the Arts, Banff. Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. University of Skövde, Skövde. Folkteatern (People's Theatre), Gothenburg. Arts Museum, Skövde. www.raucous.org.uk
Anna & Johan also have experience in hosting workshops, talks and participating sessions for interested and curious people in different local cities, companies or youth & schools. These workshops center around artistic work with digital technology, dance, art to name a few enters. What can the need for art or dance be, or give? Local meetings, dancing sessions and discussions we enjoy!