bardo AV, 2023

by Tobias Staab and Gustavo Gomes

Physical death is always linked to disappearance. The digital is set against the transience of the material. Online cemeteries as virtual places of devotion or digital avatars of the deceased – composed of photographs – are expressions of this supratemporality. Against the backdrop of such comparatively new phenomena, Tobias Staab and Gustavo Gomes have created a series of augmented reality sculptures that are in a state of perpetual dissolution and are constantly rematerializing.

BARDO AR opens the view onto an immaterial and at the same time timeless in-between space, in which the dualism between life and death no longer seems to apply.

Director/ Concept/ Idea: Tobias Staab

Choreography/ Concept/ Idea: Gustavo Gomes

Performance: Guillermo de la Chica, Margarida Neto, Corey Scott-Gilbert, Katharina Senzenberger, Kate Strong

Camera and lighting design: Florian Schaumberger

Music: CIVIC MIMIC / Ashley Wright, Will Guthrie

Scenography: Nadja Sofie Eller

Costume design: Annika Lu Hermann

3D design: Varja Rybakova

Production management: Caroline Simmler

"Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK - STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Hilfsprogramm Tanz."

Supported by and produced at Muffatwerk Munich.

Special thanks to the costume department of the Münchner Kammerspiele, the team of the Muffatwerk, Moritz Bossmann, DOCKdigital in Berlin, Ballet of Difference in Cologne as well as Ufo-Filmverleih and Youlittle in Munich.