MONadOLOGy. A treatise on relationality is a live stage installation based on Monadology, written by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in 1714. His famous work seems to gain new actuality in the context of mutual interplay of human body and city. Since 1714 cognitive and biological sciences had undergone huge evolution, not to say revolution, in exploring human body and its relation to the rest of the world. It has not been a long time since Deleuze noticed that the idea presented in Leibniz’s Monadology is astoundingly up to date. By means of performance, the architectural design, light design, Augmented Reality Installation and audio installation the life stage installation is going to refer to the current knowledge from the field of biological sciences, and tell a metaphorical story about a city construed as a corporal being.
The installation in its structure corresponds to chosen concepts of Leibniz world. All elements that build the life stage installation, like the architectural design, the audio installation or even the graphic elements that are used on the costumes correspond to five chosen issues that organize the structure of Leibniz’s world but at the same time we can find them in the contemporary world. These are: perspective, perception, networking, monologue and repetition.
>>> photo: Bartosz Górka
Premiere: 21 November 2014, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
Conception and director: Aleksandra Hirszfeld
Production designer: Małgorzata Kuciewicz CENTRALA
choreography and text director: Marta Ziółek
Costumes and AR: Krzysztof Syruć
Performers : Agnieszka Kryst, Anna Nowicka, Paweł Sakowicz, Katarzyna Sitarz
Sound: Maria Kozłowska, Wojtek Urbański
Light installation: Architecture for Society of Knowledge Wydział Architektury Politechniki Warszawskiej, Marcin Strzała, Jacek Markusiewicz
Production: Ela Petruk, Ewa Paradowska BĘC ZMIANA
Graphic design: Olek Modzelewski
The project is realized with the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage