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My current movement practice concentrates on exploring the embodiment of imagery. It allows the body to feel as if it was transforming itself into multiple living forms and it grants the body a kind of autonomy – its own language and agency. In the performance, I juxtapose this practice with my early movement experiences – a childhood career in rhythmic gymnastics dominated by discipline and competition – and after philosopher Catherine Malabou I raise questions of ontological plasticity and the possibilities of conscious change. How are we shaped by our actions? How do we become something/someone through our own imaginations, and how through everyday activities and their qualities? What kind of benefit governs our choices? And finally, how much of attention do we dedicate to external conditioning, and how much to languages and landscapes we find in ourselves?
Martyna Lorenc is a movement artist and researcher born in Poznań (Poland). Completed MSc. studies in cognitive science at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and BA studies in contemporary dance and pedagogy at Anton Bruckner University in Linz. As a dance performer she's collaborated with artists such as Alexander Gottfarb, Alexandra Waierstall, Rosalind Crisp, Rose Breuss, Johannes Randolf, Editta Braun, David Zambrano, Georg Blaschke and others. Simultaneously, Martyna has been creating own works in the field of choreography and performance (latest work Garden of desires), mixing and custom shaping formats (as gallery performances, video art, sensory/imaginary club sessions). Since 2018 she is a member of Lab On Stage art collective.