›ANTZ!‹ is an evolving performative research work on the analogy between humans and ants. The focus is on the relationship between individual and community as well as on concepts such as swarm intelligence, super-organism or ant algorithm.
After the end time show ›andnowshowsomeaction‹ (2015) and the lecture performance ›ANTZ!‹ (2018), the artist duo Bretschneider/Weinberger now, in the last part of the trilogy, turns to the highly speculative area of the soul of the ant. The audience is invited to participate in an entomological group meditation outdoors: Sitting on white exercise balls, they are sent on a mental journey via headphones. Techniques from the fields of visualization, affirmation and dancing while sitting to suggestive electronic music are employed. Inspiration is provided by certain types of YouTube meditation that have become highly popular in times of corona: The images conjured here are about merging with an imaginary community, about belonging to a larger context, and above all about being in good hands in a nature imbued with romanticism. The participatory open-air performance applies this format to the ideologically strongly charged soul of the ant, vacillating between utopian and dystopian, touching and absurd moments.
A production by Doris Weinberger and Katrin Bretschneider in cooperation with Schwankhalle Bremen and Städtische Galerie Bremen in the context of the exhibition ›Olfaktor: Geruch gleich Gegenwart‹. Research residency at Schwankhalle Bremen supported by the program #TakeCareResidencies of Fonds Darstellende Künste and Netzwerk flausen+.
Information on accessibility: the venue (lawn at the Werdersee) is not accessible for wheelchair users or people with impaired walking abilities.