Before Detach might be the final instruction of a new trip back to most of our familiar places. After a global lockdown, the question of Who am I? is more striking. Human-machine collaboration seems more and more tightly woven. While the advantages of the collaboration cannot be overstated, the fear of the power of a self-thinking machine seems to cloud the development. H3 – Before Detach brings together a human-robot performance, Who am I?, an exhibition of Interactive Installations produced in Bucharest – Before Detach, and a tour of the neighborhood of H3 Studio, a 20th century periphery invaded by the future.
H3 Garden Before Detach ()
H3 Garden Before Detach () is situated in a special part of Bucharest that was on the periphery at the beginning of the 20th century and is a place for real estate development in the year 2020. The urban landscape is a contradictory jumble of early-twentieth-century residential houses, factories, warehouses, communist blocks of flats, new residential buildings and office buildings in an urban space that has not found its identity in a hundred years. Old buildings make way for urban development, new conflicting changes emerge for the neighborhood and for H3, which is preparing for a new trip. H3 Garden Before Detach () is expressing a Bucharest neighborhood’s search for identity for over 100 years. Before Detach will be the last event happening at H3 Studio before the factory that hosts it is demolished. H3 Garden Before Detach () will present a human robot performance Who am I?, an exhibition of Interactive Art Installations, a live tour of the exhibition Before Detach and of the surrounding neighborhood. H3 is an art & technology studio established in 2017, located in the varied Popa Nan street in Bucharest and based in one of the buildings of Popular Silk, a factory producing silk in Bucharest from 1923 to 1990’s. Blurring the boundary between disciplines, H3 Studio is focused on digital technologies and spatial practices to develop artworks, installations, performances and bespoke designs. Working under a sort of alchemical paradigm, their works transmute qualities from various projects and typologies into poetic, evocative experiences.
A guided live tour of H3 Studio and surroundings, situated in a special part of Bucharest that was on the periphery in the early 20th century and is a place of real estate development in 2020. The urban landscape combines residential houses from the early 20th century with factories and warehouses, communist blocks of flats with new residential and office buildings, in a space trying to find its identity for more than a hundred years.
A tour of H3 Garden in Bucharest, home of before detach () exhibition that will take place outside, at dawn, among the silhouettes of buildings about to perish. The final countdown of this place is imagined through light installations that will instil a final outburst of life.
Exhibition before detach() is an exhibition of art installations produced by H3 in Bucharest. It revolves around the concept of detachment. A final outburst of life in a space now meant to perish, aiming to re-appropriate in a final cut the metamorphosis of this living space as holder of past events. Works speak of detaching from the past, from known identities, from the body, from old habits and familiarity. before detach() prepares the unexpected.
A human-robot performance Who Am I? is a performative art installation that traces the relationship between a robot and the human body, between programmed and spontaneous, reproducible and irreproducible. The project takes the myth of Pygmalion as a starting point and investigates the relationship between creator/creation and their perception in a world of AI. Who Am I? is based on the interaction between human and robot, by mirroring the relationship between natural and artificial as a deep meditation on human nature.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Concept: H3 & Adrian Damian
Director and writer: Alexandru Berceanu
Scenography: Adrian Damian
Choreography: Andrea Gavriliu
Motion design: Andrei Mitișor, Sebastian Comănescu
Video design: Dilmana Yordanova, Ovidiu Eftimie
Light design: Cristian Șimon, Răzvan Pascu
Music & Sound Design: Vlaicu Golcea, Kinga Ötvös
Costumes: Luiza Enescu
Performers: Andrea Gavriliu, Mădălina Ciotea, Vlad Bîrzanu, Anda Saltelechi, Meda Victor, Eduard Trifa
Video engineer: Silviu Bratosin, Luca Achim
Financial Coordinator: Andreea Chindriș
Stage manager: Dan Iosif
Project coordinator: Cristina Tudor
Scenography Assistant: Andrei Șova
Videographers: Adi Bulboacă, Sorin Florea
Video editor: Florina Titz
Making-of: Marius Beșu
Producers: Florin Niculae, Ana Țecu, Ana Ciobanu, Anita Nițulescu
Production Manager: Roxana Cozma
Communication manager: Sînziana Boaru Gîrjob
PR & Media relations – Bianca Cenușe
Project financed by AFCN (National Cultural Fund Administration): „The project does not necessarily represent the position of the National Cultural Fund Administration. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or how the project results can be used. They are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.“