Performance by Maria Hera
20.11.2015 // 18h
Friday Exit - NO WALLS
Performance-evening: 20th November, 6 p.m. In cooperation with VIENNA ARTWEEK
Herat Beat 2.0
Inspired by a TED-Talk about body-language, of the biochemist Amy Cuddy I got highly interested in the impact of body-poses to the way we feel about ourselves and even our hormones.
She and her colleges found out that, the poses we perform not only show others our level of energy and state of mind, but also performing these poses, for at least one minute, will change the level of hormones in our body. Low power poses increase the cortisone and lowers testosterone and serotonin, wether high power poses lower cortisol and increase testosterone and serotonin up to 40 percent, depending on the time performed.
What triggered my interest deeply was the fact, how much the poses we perform in our daly life, especially when using electronic devices, force us in low power poses and thus limiting our ability of using our full mental and emotional intelligence.
I developed a choreography based on the most common poses we perform in our social, working and private life and contrast them with high power poses, that we all know well, but are somehow unexpected or judged as inappropriate.
As I am supposed to keep each pose for at least one minute, I slowed down my moves to the maximum in order to synchronize and intensify the impact on my body/mind and the spectators. Here I orientated myself on the Japanese Go- and Kabuki theatre, and the works of Paz Katarina Jimenez.
The inner processes stimulated by the poses manifest themselves also in significant changes oft my heartbeat. By using an ultrasound device, fixed at my heart center, that can be used together with a wireless audio transmitter and a PA-System, I open another dimension of experiencing the inner processes.