9th floor Grand Hotel
with Maartje Korstanje and Tanja Smeets curated. by Iris
at Capital C Gallery, Weesperplein 4, Amsterdam
11th of may of until 13th of August 2022
Buitenplaats Doornburgh (for arts&science) Maarssen
performance and artist talk 13 November 2021
MIP4 (international performance art festival Brasil)
28 October & 6 November 2021
artist talk & performance
Mette Sterre: Fabulations for the End of the World
Liminal encounters of mineral-looking entities in the dark
entangling and disentangling in unpredictable formations.
A primal machine reaches out for touch –
her skin is soft, and she is craving for love.
Contacts. Collisions. Stillness.
The atmosphere is saturated with elementary charge,
animating all matter alike.
Mette Sterre’s creations escape fixed definitions.
They exceed performance practice, installation, digital technologies, body masks making and sculpture –
potentially expanding their territories without limits.
By entering her work we are cast into the materialisation of her mind processes: an unpredictable participatory and sensorial experience.
The environments created by the artist are loaded with transformative energetic fields that animate new worlds in which we encounter organic and inorganic living organisms and speculative fictions. The undecipherable glowing matter unfolds in front of us. What is it made of?
Animators in costumes, robots, sounds and visuals
unravel in anarchic formalisms and otherworldly movements,
acting as a strategy for disorientation,
de-centering and trespassing
spatial parameters, linear time and human certainties.
Creatures that seem to be assembled into hybrid
and chimeric formulations
– partly machines, monsters or nonhumans –
are occupying the same space as us.
Rather than being ego-centered actors within a system
that still oppresses those that are ‘less than human’,
Sterre’s creations celebrate our variance through dissonance,
in a dimension of both fear and ecstasy.
Are we not hybrids yet? Formed of bacteria, minerals, fluids
and parasites, we are also one with the environment,
in a vitalistic, metamorphic processes.
Simultaneously, we are slowly and surely also decomposing...
In this ecosystem, even rocks have agency.
text by Giulia Casalini, phd candidate Feminist Live Art at the University of Roehampton, London