_messages is a collaborative work from StentonDotPress (Richard Stenton) and Ensemble Aabat (Katelyn King and Marie Delprat) that draws parallels between the two meanings of the word medium–the medium as a human connector to the afterlife, taken from the Spiritualist Movement in the US and UK beginning in the 1840’s–and the medium as a communicative tool we use to relay content. Both forms contain messages.
This particular performance was for one individual at a time and was presented as part of the artistic research workshop at Darmstadt Summer Course 2018.
_messages is the artistic representation of research developed throughout the Artistic Research workshop at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2018. The research questions were:
Where do we find messages in our media?
How can we relate a spiritual medium to a performer?
How can content change our perception of a medium? How much emphasis does content have over our relationship to the medium itself?
How does the physicality or parameters of different media affect the content?
_messages has a two-part format. The physical format cumulates in a private séance/viewing/performance with each audience member, and the digital format is published in an online page where participants can hear all the recordings from other participants’ viewings as well as other material that has been collected throughout the project. The digital format can be seen on stenton.press or by following the QR code: