ETERNAL RHYTHM – 2019
Eternal Rhythm is a light installation with colourful visuals and live dance performances. Hannah made this art installation during the art in residency with ‘Derde Wal’ in Nijmegen. This project called ‘Social aspects #6’ was a three monds process and was funded by the province of Gelderland, the Municipality of Nijmegen, the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund and the Mondriaan Fund.
Hannah has derived her geometric objects from the human size, by using photos of dance poses for her designs. She has used the head, the hands, the feet and the joints such as the elbow, knees and hips as vertices for her geometric designs. She then made these sketches in 3D. The size of the frame of the art objects match the numbers of the Fibonacci sequence.
The Fibonacci sequence can be found in nature, the universe and in the human body. The Fibonacci sequence is a mathematical sequence that adds the two previous numbers together to get the next number. The series looks like this: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89,144 and so it can continue indefinitely.
We can see the Fibonacci sequence in nature, for example in the distribution of branches on trees, the arrangement of leaves on branches or the number of petals in flowers. This arrangement in nature according to the Fibonacci series ensures that the plant, tree or flower can receive optimal sunlight and rain. Some say that it is the thumbprint of Gods work of creating earth and that this is the prove everything is connected and in balance with each other.
There is also a Fibonacci spiral, which originates from the Fibonacci series. This spiral has an angle of 137.5 degrees, which is the golden angle. This spiral can be seen in shells and curled ferns, but also in the arrangement of stars in space.
Hannah joined two other disciplines to her work: dance and music. She collaborated with two modern dancers (Mariona Vinyes Ràfols and Polina Nikolaeva) and a musician (Yannick Wandel). Hannah danced herself for a long time and this has always remained a passion of hers. She is always looking for ways to combine dance within her art projects.
Yannick Wandel has designed a music piece especially for this installation, which is based on the Fibonacci series and “euklidean rythms”. The melody and bass line are derived from the first 32 digits of the Fibonacci series. This creates an original rhythm. At some point in the choreography, the first 6 figures of the Fibonacci series (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8) can be seen and heard: the two dancers make 6 different movements and repeat them as much as the number in the Fibonacci sequence. So for example with the number 5 they do the same movement 5 times and at the same time they say the number 5 with each movement.
It is a challenge for the dancers to dance in the geometric objects and this mostly determines the movements they make. They are in their own world of harmony and connection.
The visuals you can see on the art objects are edited images of nature, because Hannah wants to show a more universal and abstract form of nature. She filmed different close ups of nature, such as bark, flowers and leaves. She altered the colours and mirrored them so they look like the images of a caleidoscope. The visuals blend with the movements of the dancers and the dancers create shadows at the back of the art objects.
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