Living Documents

When working with art in live situations, documentation tends to be the necessary evil where the work is forced to change to something rather static. In Living Documents we are embracing  this friction by examining documentation formats and approaching work of us and our colleagues with documentary methods. We are also playing with what "ephemeral documentation" possibly can be.

After an initial phase in atumn 2017 we began working with loops. For us, the format of the loop creates different access to how something can be “read”. Live-loops borrow  the quality of recordings in that they can be viewed / played over and over but since we and the audiences present are unavoidably different every time, the loop also enhances the live situation by making small differences visible in conjunction with memory.

We are currently continuing the creation of two further Living Documents in collaboration with Jenni-Elina Von Bagh (F) and Peter Mills (UK/S) that will premiere at MDT Stockholm in May 2019. Some insight into the ongoing work can be found here.

Living Documents received initial funding from Ma7 Stadt Wien and Arts Grants Committee Sweden in 2017. Three work in progress installations with Dominik Grünbühel (A), Charlotta Ruth (S/A) and Anna Öberg (S) where open to audiences in Vienna November 2017 in 3 workspaces realised in collaboration with Die Labile Botschaft and the department Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation University of Applied Arts Vienna.


Living Documents I – III 3 looped Performance-installations connected through a walk in the 3rd district in Vienna 25. 26. November 2017,

Visitors could enter and exit at any point between 15.00-18.00.

Development Team:

Concept & Documentation: Charlotta Ruth, Dominik Grünbühel

Choreography & Performance: Peter Mills, Anna Öberg, Jenni Elina von Bagh,

Charlotta Ruth, Dominik Grünbühel

Sound Design and Programming: Johannes Burström

Space-Design: Sofia Romberg

Graphic Design, Production & PR: Maiko Sakurai

Theory: Vendela Grundell

Additional Development Team 2017:

Dramaturgy: Julian Vogel

Sound Design: Johannes Burström

Space Design: Luke Baio, Andreas Strauss

Programming:Johanna Pfabigan

Technique: Roman Harrer

Rooted in the urge and curiosity to develop choreographic live-objects existing outside traditional stage settings, Living Documents embraces a context where live-performance is naturally forced to transform its temporality: the context (the question) of documentation.

Depending on the different artists and their respective practices reflected inside a Living Document, the performance installations are developed with different choices in relation to aesthetics, style and content but share a common parameter in relation to time, the loop. The aim to develop the Living Documents as looped live- performances is to give access to the choreographic object and the performer differently than through one- time linear reading which is often the situation on stage. Living Documents aim to simultaneously put artistic practice, ”final product” and through the loop also put rehearsal and documentation into play.

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