Pauline Boudry’s and Renate Lorenz’s installation Moving Backwards (2019) will be presented in Mudam’s East Gallery. Starting with the feeling of being propelled by recent reactionary backlashes, Moving Backwards explores modes of resistance, combining postmodern choreography and urban dance with guerrilla techniques and elements of queer underground culture. The installation brings together video, kinetic sculpture and performance, which will be presented both as live acts and as choreography on film.
Originally conceived for the Swiss Pavilion exhibition at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019, Moving Backwards (2019) begins with the feeling of being pushed backwards, physically manifesting the push and pull of resistance and backlash. A film installation follows the movement of five dancers as they walk or move in reverse motion. Part performed, part digitally manipulated, the work considers the temporal and spatial aspects of their movements and the doubt and ambiguities they embody. This is presented within an environment that the artists conceived as an ‘abstract club’. Entered from the 'backstage', it positions the viewer on a large stage, placing the audience in the position of the performers in the video work.