Shih Chieh Huang creates sculptural ecosystems using computer parts and common objects, such as plastic bags and bottles, which he animates in installations that mix a machine aesthetic with an organic impulse.
Joachim Koester, Tarantism (performance still)
Tarantism is a condition in Southern Italy resulting form the bite of the wolf spider, known as the tarantula. The bite causes numerous symptoms from nausea, difficulties in speech, delirium, heightened excitability and restlessness in the victims. Their bodies are seized by convulsions that previously could only be cured by a sort of frenzied dancing. This ‘dancing-cure’ emerged during the Middle Ages and eventually evolved into the highly stylized dance for couples which today is known as the The Tarantella. In his film Tarantism Koester has set out to explore the original promise of the tarantella phenomena: a dance of uncontrolled and compulsive movements, spasms and convulsions. The film is structured like a game, utilizing this idea to generate the movements of the dancers. In six individually choreographed parts the dancers attempt to map the fridges or “terra incognita” of the body. (via)