Broas & Nyberg

Designing the End
Premiere at Zodiak – Centre for New Dance, Helsinki
30.9.2021

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Designing the End

The stage work Designing the End will premiere at Zodiak – Centre for New Dance (Helsinki) 30.9.2021.

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Designing the End is an imagination of the future. It is an attempt to accept and understand something greater than ourselves. The work is a montage born out of thoughts of the past, present and future.

Designing the End discusses the end of our current civilisation, and the contemporary human’s obsession over their imagined death.

The work is composed of sketches of imagined future realities, both on the micro and macro levels. How far can we take our thoughts on designing the end of the world and our own death? How can we remain righteous and empathetic in a changing world? What kind of a story will be told about us in the future?

Designing the End turns the gaze towards the future –– into a world where collapse, climate crises, and injustice are accompanied by love, happiness, and humanity.

“Rather than accept that ‘civilization’ is dead, we need to struggle to create one that is truly civilized.” Mann & Wainwright, Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future (2018)

Concept: Broas & Nyberg

Working group: Ville Aalto, Jenna Broas, Hanne Jurmu, Aino Kontinen and Fabian Nyberg

Ljuslunga

We are also exited to present our light sculpture Ljuslunga at Flash3 - Light Art Biennale at Suomenlinna 4-14.11.2021.

Stay tuned!

About Us

Broas & Nyberg is an artist duo founded in 2018 by dance artist Jenna Broas and spacial and video artist Fabian Nyberg. As an artist duo we work with concepts and constructs associated with humanity and the future of humans. Our collaboration is based on the desire and need to create visual and topical art on the interface of dance and installation art, and to broaden choreographic thinking to include 3D animation and video arts. The relationship between the organic and inorganic, the dialogue between technology and what is human, and the exploration of the multidimensional movement have a strong presence in our work.

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  • Designing the End (2021)
  • 2021 // Zodiak – Regional Centre for Dance Helsinki

    Premiere 30.9.2021

    Designing the End is an imagination of the future. It is an attempt to accept and understand something greater than ourselves. The work is a montage born out of thoughts of the past, present and future.

    Designing the End discusses the end of our current civilisation, and the contemporary human’s obsession over their imagined death.

    The work is composed of sketches of imagined future realities, both on the micro and macro levels. How far can we take our thoughts on designing the end of the world and our own death? How can we remain righteous and empathetic in a changing world? What kind of a story will be told about us in the future?

    Designing the End turns the gaze towards the future –– into a world where collapse, climate crises, and injustice are accompanied by love, happiness, and humanity.

    “Rather than accept that ‘civilization’ is dead, we need to struggle to create one that is truly civilized.” Mann & Wainwright, Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future (2018)

    Concept: Broas & Nyberg

    Working group: Ville Aalto, Jenna Broas, Hanne Jurmu, Aino Kontinen and Fabian Nyberg

    Supported by: Finnish Cultural Foundation, Svenska kulturfonden, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Stiftelsen Tre Smeder, Konstsamfundet

    Residency support: Saaren Kartano / Kone Foundation, Old Mine Residency Outokumpu

  • Liquid Identity (2020)
  • 2020

    Video work by the artist duo Broas & Nyberg. The characters Purple and Violet tries to save the planet.

    Concept, direction & performance: Broas & Nyberg

    Composer: Martin Granö

    Lyrics: Fabian Nyberg

    VFX: Fabian Nyberg

     

    Supported by: Svenska Kulturfonden, Finnish Cultural Foundation

    Photos:Screenshots

  • Truths That Never Were (2020)
  • 2020 // TSC Studio, Helsinki

    Truths That Never Were by artist duo Broas & Nyberg deals with the concept of a living subject and its ontological, virtual and fleeting truths. The work manifests itself in space through the dialogue between animated video and multidimensional movement. The work captures the viewer in a surrealistic landscape moving on the border between the unreal and the real.

    Concept, choreography and design: Jenna Broas and Fabian Nyberg

    Composition and sound design: Martin Granö

    Virtual premiere 20.3.2020 @ 19:00 (GMT+2) at this site. The show will be streamed live (and only live) at this time.

    PERFORMANCES AT TSC STUDIO (Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1 E, 3rd floor): Postponed to a later date due to the Corona outbreak.

    In collaboration with and supported by: Tero Saarinen Company, Ehkä-production & contemporary art space Kutomo, Svenska Kulturfonden, Finnish Cultural Foundation

    Photos: Broas&Nyberg

  • Ljuslunga (2020)
  • 2020

    The light sculpture Ljuslunga (Light Lung) is a gentle depiction of abandonment and the beauty of death. Ljuslunga is a kind of artificial lung that reflects being on the verge of death - a time where the question of the end and its expectation is present. The mechanical repetition of the sculpture creates an expectation of the next breath and at the same time takes the thoughts to the body’s attempt to sustain life in its final moments. Ljuslunga is thematically positioned between life and death. Breathing is the body’s automatic way to regulate life, and is present until the last moments of life. The work is an image of being near the last moments, where breathing goes through different stages. It is light, thin, heavy, fragmented, even, and with sudden changes. The light of the work varies between cold white and saturated yellow. The work invites the experiencer to settle down and calm down, but at the same time it tells the story of stagnation and to have to give up.

    Concept: Broas & Nyberg

    Design & implementation: Fabian Nyberg

    Supporters: Svenska Kulturfonden, The Finnish Cultural Foundation

    Photos: Fabian Nyberg

  • Because of truths we have a hard time #2 (2019)
  • 2019 // Asbestos Art Space, Helsinki

    Because of truths we have a hard time #2 is a journey into identity, the subject and the self. The theme of the work has raised from the experience of how one’s identity, agency and the subject dissolves, stretches and drowns – in trends, in truths served through different channels and in decision anxiety. The work raises questions about the limits and limitlessness of the subject’s agency and existence in a technologically built terrain.

    Concept, choreography and design: Jenna Broas and Fabian Nyberg

    Composition and sound design: Martin Granö

    Partners: Tero Saarinen Company, Svenska Kulturfonden, Ehkä-production & contemporary art space Kutomo

    Photos: Broas&Nyberg

  • Because of truths we have a hard time #1 (2019)
  • 2019 // Ehkä-tuotanto, Kutomo (Turku)

    Because of truths we have a hard time places itself somewhere between the genres of contemporary dance and installation art. It is the first co-work by the artist duo Jenna Broas and Fabian Nyberg. In the work, the mind of the performer, the mind of the audience, and the mind of a machine form a synthesis, creating a stage reality that raises questions about the limits or the limitlessness of the subject’s agency and existence.

    Concept, choreography and design: Broas&Nyberg

    Production: Ehkä-production, Broas&Nyberg

    Residency: Ehkä-production / Kutomo (Turku)

    Photo: Broas&Nyberg

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