Ecognosis, a riddle. Ecognosis is like knowing, but more like letting be known. It is something like coexisting. It is like becoming accustomed to something strange, yet it is also becoming accustomed to strangeness that doesn’t become less strange through acclimation. Ecognosis is like a knowing that knows itself. Timothy Morton
The theatrical installation Ecognosis is inspired by Alan Weisman’s book The World Without Us. In this book, Weisman describes how nature takes over everything in different places in the world after the disappearance of human life. We depict this idea through the projection of stop-motion animations of microbes, insects and plants on the world as we know it.
ARCAM invited us to create a site-specific installation in the staircase and panic room. This is an installation of work in process that will be created and finalised between November 2020 and October 2021.
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Ecognosis was made possible by:
Creatives Industries Funds NL, Stichting Stokroos, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and Performance Technology LAB.
BetweenTwoHands is an artist duo, comprising the visual artists Erin Tjin A Ton (NL, 1985) and Gosia Kaczmarek (PL, 1981) and is expanded with third parties for each project. Erin and Gosia share a studio in Amsterdam and graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
Concept, design and stop-motion animation: Stichting BetweenTwoHands
Advice, design and production stop-motion animation: Martine Rademakers
Technical advise: Performance Technology LAB
Soundscape: Evelien van den Broek and Marcel de Rooij
Graphic design: Mainly Afternoon