the apparent distinction


between the concrete


and the virtual world


Media Vice Versa 2002

A project vice versa in motion.

Media Vice Versa, an attempt to explain the ambiguity of notions of private space and public space, real time and deferred, and the apparent distinction between the concrete and the virtual world of television. In this piece, Foofwa d’Imobilité and Nicolas Rieben question the ways that the media use the human body. By virtue of being hypnotized, manipulated and transformed the human body becomes the subject of a reality show in which all moments of intimacy are lost. The perception of the viewer is totally distorted by the televised intervention. The concepts of real time / delayed time, real or virtual images intersect in the chaos that can no longer distinguish truth from falsehood, manipulated from sincere, presentable from unpresentable. The public, included in this ambiguous presentation, participates on behalf of the ratings of the piece, without knowing where his position as a judge will lead in the piece.

Media Vice Versa is a collaboration between the artist Nicolas Rieben, the dancer and choreographer Foofwa d’Imobilité and artist Christian Marclay. All three were born in Geneva, but have emigrated and are currently working in New York. From the knowledge of each other’s work, they had a birth of curiosity which created a desire to collaborate. It was a shared desire to break the boundaries between artistic disciplines and to compare their respective worlds.

This venture became an interactive project, mixing dance, video, music and decor. Nicolas Rieben is a plastic artist but was also interested in participating in the choreography by treating it as a visual element. There was no division in the concept of the work. A project vice versa in motion.

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Media Vice Versa excerpts


Le corps mutant - Media vice versa
«… bien au-delà d’un simple positionnement esthétique, interroge le corps contemporain en tant que producteur de sens et de pensée.»

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Orgasme cathodique au Théâtre du Grütli

Le Temps
«Le Genevois Foofwa d’Imobilité se penche sur les vices du petit écran.» – review of “Media Vice Versa” at the Grütli theatre in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Le Spectacle - Virtual Dance
«Intitulé “Media Vice Versa”, ce spectacle qui flirte avec le virtuel présente le danseur dans un décor de sythèse imaginaire, dans le plus pur style lounge glacial.»

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Critique - Foofwa d'Imobilité Médias dans la danse

24 Heures
«Foofwa d’Imobilité est l’un des danseurs/chorégraphes suisses les plus originaux. (…) Media Vice Versa, son nouveau spectacle a fait l’affiche de l’Arsenic.»

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Au pays du tout-synthétique, les andoïdes mènent le bal

Le Courrier
«Un chorégraphe, un plasticien et un musicien sont à l’origine de “Media vide versa”, un satire de l’image véhiculée par les médias.»

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Concept and Direction Nicolas Rieben, Foofwa d’Imobilité
Choreography Foofwa d’Imobilité
Interpretation Anja Schmidt, Banu Ogan (replaced by Perrine Ploneis), Pascal Gravat, Foofwa dit Mobilité
Music creation Christian Marclay in collaboration with Elliott Sharp
Costumes Marine Barone
Production Neopost Foofwa
With the support of The ADC and the Arsenice Theater
Soutien Fondation Nestlé pour l’art, la Loterie Suisse Romande.
Duration 50 min
Neopost Foofwa is supported by The City of Geneva, The State and Canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia.

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