Vanessa Enriquez Fluctuations

FLUCTUATIONS

2016 / Installation (magnetic tape) + 20 Min Performance / Dimensions variable   An installation and performance inspired by the idea of quantum fluctuations. In quantum physics, a quantum fluctuation is the temporary appearance of energetic particles out of empty space, as allowed by the uncertainty principle. Inspired by the idea that dark matter is made of primordial black holes I create drawings in space by the repetitive use of tape and the effect of gravity. A cognitive dissonance is experienced by the viewer through an optical illusion that forces the mind to open itself to the potential of an alternate reality. I incorporate the subtle flow of light and air currents, as well as the sonic qualities of the material to bring them to life. The concept of fluctuation becomes a metaphor of the human mental landscape and the mystery of what it means to be human. Performance in collaboration with sound artist Stefano Spada and documented by Sandro Cristallini. Presented as part of the 2016 Rimini Drawing Biennial.  ...

Vanessa Enriquez Silence Unravelled

SILENCE UNRAVELLED

2016 / Installation (magnetic tape) + 20 Min Performance / Dimensions variable   An installation and performance that centers on the notion of Silence as an inner state and encompasses the physical and mental aspects of unraveling: untangling, separating, investigating and solving. Continuing the exploration of discarded material, I reanimate meters of magnetic tape in order to intervene in space in a compelling way. The repurposing of these ribbons of information collapses their original function and opens up the potential for aesthetic and symbolic transformation. In an attempt to engage the audience in a collective experience of emptiness, I devise a performance as a framework for exploring the slowly shifting landscape of silence through evocative movement and sound. As a continuation of a previous performance dealing with the themes of death, silence and the void, this performance asks a dancer to improvise to a selection of Bach’s Suite for Cello. The premise of exploring the sonic qualities of magnetic tape and the idea of breaking through the “darkness” become the conduit for choosing the movements of particular Suites and determine the quality and rhythm of the dancer’s moves. At the end both performers stand and breath into two hanging scultpures, creating a myriad of drawings on the wall and hinting on the power of transformation and transcendence. Cellist: Samira Aly / Guest dancer: Liza Alpízar Aguilar...

Vanessa Enriquez Ending Time

ENDING TIME

2015 / Installation (plastic planters, nylon thread) + 20 Min Performance / Dimensions variable   This work is the result of an engagement with a series of dialogues titled The Ending of Time by philosopher J. Krishnamurti and physicist David Bohm. I walked the cemeteries listening to their exploration of the nature of humanity, the significance of death and the root of human conflict. During these walkalogues I collected disposable planters which were reanimated into a coherent whole. I then perforated the underlying geometry from each planter onto an inkjet print of its scanned image. The resulting ethereal hieroglyphs act as translations of the supernatural. Inspired by notions of death as rebirth, silence and presence, dancers were invited to improvise to a selection of Bach’s Cantatas with the premise of interacting through their movements with a rectangle of nylon thread which I installaed connecting two existing sculptures in a Cemetery’s Glasshouse. The sonic qualities of the thread occupy the silence that emerges from the pauses of the choir and offer an opportunity to bring our awareness to the subtler dimensions of life and what lies beyond. Vocal ensemble: Bettina Böhme, Christiane Wolf, Marliese Sondermann, Ralf Böhme Guest dancers: Liza Alpízar Aguilar, Maureen López Lembo...

Vanessa Enriquez Revolution

REVOLUTION

2015  /  Performance   It is scientifically recognized that the fundamental condition of our existence is to revolve. Inspired by Sufi whirling, a form of Sama or physically active meditation through which dervishes aim to reach the source of all perfection, I whirl for 66 minutes in a totally dark room. Holding a flashlight on my right hand, the camera registers once every minute the traces made by the intuitive movement of my body....

Vanessa Enriquez Genesis

GENES(IS)

2015  /  PVC Sculpture, speakers, spotlight   Taking inspiration on the field of epigenetics, Pythagorean thought and the research of Dr. Derald Langham, Genes(is) - Music of the Spheres was an attempt at creating a healing vortex through an intervention in the Mourning Hall of a Cemetery in Berlin in order to clear transgenerational trauma. The installation consisted of a pvc sculpture in the shape of a vector equilibrium also known as a Genesa Crystal, which is said to harmonize and cleanse the energies of a place; and an audio track produced by superimposing sounds from the NASA Voyager recordings from space over the Solfeggio 432 Hz tone, which is known as the Miracle frequency facilitating transformation and DNA Repair.  People could step into the vortex for a "soul adjustment" or join a session of healing music each evening. Musicians that contributed to the project: Malte Marten, Catrina und Miroslav Grosser and Graciela María with Sneaky and Gianpaolo Camplese....

Vanessa Enriquez Zirkel

ZIRKEL

2012  /  Chalk on blackboard, documentation table with prints and notation, video  /  Dimensions variable   Zirkel (German for compass) is an open-ended collaborative project with Ilya Noé for which we use different body articulations as drawing tools. Composing each drawing by repeating the same 3 sequences of circular bodily movements. Through the exploration of angles, rotations, extents and limitations of our body articulations and positions, we map and superimpose our particularities and differences. Each drawing not only is a fertile ground to study gesture and composition, but also becomes a space of negotiation. In this way, Zirkel acts as a device for measuring, anchoring, navigating and locating....