Deleuze Kreuz is a contemporary dance piece by Shelmith Øseth, Myclef Laun and Vonrik Haug working between modular synthesizers and choreography to explore the theme “post-vernacular” or what Antonin Artaud called “the language half-way between gesture and thought” from The Theatre and Its Double (1938).

The titular significance of the project comes from conversations between Antonin Artuaud and Gilles Deleuze concerning cultural structures or zones.  Both wanted to imagine cultural paradigm shifts away from the ontological certainties implicit in Western understandings. To this they conceived of a body without organs (corps sans organs), or in other words a structure or zone without imposed organization that can be sentient. Simply, if art institutions (including curators) are to impose organizational limits or structures on the artist what sentient thing is there that might be overlooked? What I mean by sentient thing is the intangible and perhaps immeasurable thing that occurs in a moment between gesture and thought. 

PhD in Philosophy and current PhD in Artistic Research at the University of Bergen, Craig Wells AKA Vonrik Haug describes these phenomena as “post-vernacular” philosophy. The project asks how we can have a thought outside of language.  In other words, might we try to consider a body of artistic work, which finds unique ways of communicating?  And furthermore, how can bodies of artistic work act as vehicles to express something unbridled by western intellectualism or what Deleuze himself might have called super imposing bodies.

Concept‭, ‬Costume Design‭, ‬and Makeup by Myclef Laun

Choreography by Myclef Laun and Shelmith‭ ‬Øseth

Sound Composition by Vonrik Haug

DELUEZE KREUZ is supported by Bergen Centre of Electronic Arts BEK

Performed at BEK and Mikey Laundry Art Garden (MLAG), Bergen 2020

Michael Laundry

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Michael Laundry is an artist, curator and choreographer‭. ‬Laundry is Curator at Mikey Laundry Art Garden‭ (‬MLAG‭). Laundry often uses 3D printed sculptures and digital weaving as conceptually interrelated pieces and performative actions over one discrete artwork. ‬Laundry’s artistic practice has taken shape under the name Myclef Laun or The Avalanche Boys‭. ‬Laundry’s practice includes live site‭- ‬specific performance‭, ‬choreography‭, ‬video installations‭, ‬textile and costume design‭, ‬as well as audio installations‭.  ‬Laundry’s tech-feminist approach uses technology such as drones‭, ‬VR‭, ‬and  choreography to investigate philosophical‭, ‬political and prose fiction texts‭. ‬Laundry’s work has been shown in Vancouver‭, ‬Toronto‭, ‬New York‭, ‬Plymouth England‭, ‬Copenhagen‭, ‬Oslo‭, ‬Bergen and Kristiansand by festivals‭ ‬and venues including Gallery FELT‭, ‬Gallery Knipsu‭, ‬KRAFT, ‬Ravnedans‭, ‬Alt_CPH‭, ‬BIT Teatergarasjen‭, ‬Oslo Art Weekend‭ ‬BOA Billedkunstnerne i Oslo og Akershus‭, ‬ASLE Biennial Conference‭, ‬Plymouth‭. ‬