Terra Recognita (working title)

Terra Recognita is an immersive performance inspired by Donna Haraway’s idea of situated knowledge. Through a mixture of projected maps, fictional narratives, spatialised sound and audience interaction we ask: " How can we move towards a different knowledge practice, away from the false dualism of borderlines. How can we explore true/false, here/there through an intimate gathering of strangers, even in these times of social distance?"

© Winne Lievens
© Winne Lievens

The fiction of the narrative is inspired by Tarkovsky’s Stalker and the fantastic tales of Ursula K Leguin. Set in a future time, where ‘all is know’, a group of people gather with a nostalgia for the unknown... Wanting to remember what it is like not know something.

During this residency, Duncan and Tineke want to further develop the possibilities for interaction and fluidity in the map on the table. They have 3 elements they would like to focus on. Firstly, they want to explore the visual theatricality of the experience, in its current stage they only utilised simple domestic lighting. How might the narrative be influenced by the physical environment of the audience? Secondly the choreography has been tested as a proof of concept, but lacks depth and detail in its progress over the arc of the piece. To develop this they are keen to collaborate with choreographers, and to fully explore this interactive part of the work it is essential to try it out with new audiences. Finally the dramaturgical structure of the piece and script. Though it is essential for the development of the concept to have the possibilities of testing, they want to create a narrative fiction that really lifts the project from the conceptual. This residency will enable them to spend time on this, letting testings inform their writing and narratives.

Maker/Writer: Tineke De Meyer — Maker/Composer/Sound artist: Duncan Speakman — Residency support: workspacebrussels


10.05.2021 - 22.05.2021


19.10.2020 - 25.10.2020