Elastic Habitat is an immersive installation, a playground of textile sculptures for the viewer to interact with or wear. Helena Dietrich and Janneke Raaphorst designed the textile figures based on one-on-one sessions with different guests. During these conversations, they examined the personal perception of their own body. These descriptions have been transformed into a kind of clothing; a material translation of how the guests felt about their body.
Does your personality coincide with this body and all that surrounds it? If you change something, do you change yourself? You literally crawl into the mind of an imaginary body and investigate your own identity in an unconstrained, sensory, and intuitive way.
concept Helena Dietrich in collaboration with Janneke Raaphorst | research and one-to-one sessions with guests Helena Dietrich with David Liver, Isabel Burr-Raty, Julien Bruneau, Katharina Smets, Lili M. Rampre, Lynn Suemitsu, Miriam Rohde, Veridiana Zurita |
textile bodies Janneke Raaphorst with Carly Rose Bedford, Dieneke Hol, Marija Sujica, Nevin Uzun | ruralurban set creation Leila Boukhalfa | sound design Lynn Suemitsu | sound technics Kenny Martens | light design Michaël Janssens | printed matter Text and design Helena Dietrich | redaction Elke van Campenhout | Proof reading Patrick Lennon | host/performer Esta Matkovic | scenographic and artistic advice Miriam Rohde, Veridiana Zurita | co-production Buda, Eau&Gaz, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, nadine vzw, WP Zimmer | with the support of Kaaitheater, Campo | supported by the Flemish Government and the Flemish Community Commission