EPIC MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCES // ELEKTRO BODY FORCE //
Besides his solo performances, Jay also performs with his collective ELEKTRO BODY FORCE and its epic multimedia performance. As the shows continue to evolve each year, the performers merge with the fascinating 3D animations on the big-screen projection and become part of the complex, poetic play of colors and shapes.
// AUTOPOIESIS //
With its epic multimedia performance AUTOPOIESIS Jay Data’s ELEKTRO BODY FORCE explores the phenomenon of self-organization of matter in the Universe. The electro-soundtrack to the overwhelming, poetic visuals is performed live by the mysterious, masked “funky futurist” Jay Data and ilustrated by the humanoid dancer Anja Sputnik. The performers merge with the fascinating 3D animations on the large screen projection and become part of the complex play of colors and shapes. “We are the universe experiencing itself.”
“We are the universe experiencing itself.” Autopoiesis (2017-2018) is a poetic multimedia video performance for a musician and a dancer, electroluminescent wires, and a KORG electribe 2 Synthesizer Groovebox playing electronic live music in front of a gigantic video projection. Created by Jay Data and Anja Sputnik, Autopoiesis is a work that shows the fascinating story of existence and the evolution of life and conciousness into ever more complex forms of self-organization and reliable self-reproduction (see autopoiesis concept by Maturana/Varela).
It is also a document of the scientific and spiritual discussions between the two authors about the evolution of life and matter, biology, astrophysics and the beginning of the universe. It is the creative result of watching countless documentaries about these topics. It is a poetic attempt of science communication.
The piece consists of five acts, each presenting a phase of the cosmic evolution: matter, life, awareness, civilization and space exploration. The performers merge with the epic visuals illuminating the darkness and becoming one with the screen. The visuals are enhanced by the semi-improvised dance choreography by Anja and the funky space electro soundtrack that was composed for the video and is performed live by the “funky futurist” Jay Data (inspired by Electro acts as Kraftwerk, Cybotron, Anthony Rother). Jay is pushing buttons and turning knobs of his electribe synthesizer groovebox creating uplifting rhythms and melodies as Anja responds to the music with her intricate dance moves.
A poetic and powerful gesamtkunstwerk taking the viewer onto a fascinating cosmic trip, inspired by the multimedia performances of Kraftwerk and Laurie Anderson. Autopoiesis was performed in 2018 at the fünfzehnminuten festival for theatrical performance, music and video at the studiobühne theatre Cologne, Germany. It is part a series with the collective’s other shows: DATA and NBIC.
// DATA //
In 2017 Jay Data’s ELEKTRO BODY FORCE reflect the aesthetics of big data with its epic multimedia performance DATA.
Live-generated electro-bass tracks generated live with the synthesizer meet overwhelming, poetic visuals. The performers merge with the futuristic 3D animations on the large-screen projection and become part of the immeasurable, global data stream. The mysterious, masked “funky futurist” Jay Data collaborates again with the mysterious, humanoid dancer Anja Sputnik.
// NBIC – NANO BIO INFO COGNO //
In 2016 Jay Data’s ELEKTRO BODY FORCE reflected the futurological themes of our postmodern information age: nano technology, bio technology, information technology & cognitive science. Fat electrobass beats meet catchy, epic melodies played live emphasized by movements of the mysterious, humanoid dancer Anja Sputnik. Presented with a wink, self-irony and sympathetic humanity, the performers merge with the big-screen projection and become one with the matrix.
“This is a great journey through the micro-macro-space of insight, with your crazy music and your dancing partner a real experience – even on my tiny Laptop.”
“Impressed, it looks amazing, it sounds amazing, it keeps getting better and better. My first thought was: Kraftwerk.”
It’s straight forward, futuristic and energetic. “