The Mole, the Serpent, the Virus.
The Mole, the Serpent, the Virus is an installation-performance drawing on the insights and outcomes of the first two gatherings of the Social Choreography Lab Helsinki. The project was first premiered in Helsinki in 2020.
Set in a dystopic future in the year 2024, the installation-performance speculates about future scenarios of ecological crisis and possible next stages of modern capitalism as accelerated by the COVID-19 outbreak. Repetition and looping shape what is happening on stage: the soundscape, speech and movements of the main performer. At the same time, these aesthetic forms point to questions of the construction of historical narratives and inner mechanics of global economic and social crises.
The artwork unfolds in three chapters: an archival installation followed by a live act, which progresses into an experimental phase setting up a framework for the audience to participate. The Mole, the Serpent, the Virus speculates about imagined futures in attempt at navigating through present challenging times.
Concept and direction by Jon Irigoyen. In collaboration with Gabriele Goria, Inari Virmakoski, Kristian Palmu, Joona Pettersson and Suvi Hänninen.
The project is part of Jon Irigoyen's artistic research at Aalto University Department of Art. Project kindly supported by Kone Foundation, and presented in partnership with Esitystaiteen Seura and Aalto University.
15.10.2020 -16.10.2020. Kallio Stage theatre. Pengerkatu 11, Helsinki