Alex Viteri is a South American performer and scholar based in Berlin. These days, working mostly at the threshold of the visual arts and performance. Viteri grew up in the Andes, alongside the mountains Ruco Pichincha and Cotopaxi. Inspired by feminist decolonial activists and scholars, her research cares for Andean modes of knowledge and the sharing of brown affects.
Some years ago, Alex joined the collective Mapped to the Closest Address. From May to April 2021, the collective was welcomed at Lake Studios for a choreographic residency and shared part of its materials at Lake's Unfinished Fridays. The collective was also invited by Saison Foundation (Tokyo) and awarded with the AIR Partnership for 2021-2023. Alex maintains an ongoing collaboration with choreographer Juliana Piquero and light/sound designer Catalina Fernandez. Their last work, Fan de Ellas, premiered at Sophiensaelle, Berlin in Nov 2019. Last year, Alex performed with marion storm and Daniel Lühmann in Apparitions at the reef through the frame of “Master Exerce” at the Centre Choregraphique National Montpellier and at La Place de la Danse Toulouse in France. The trio dance installation will travel to 3bisF in May 2022 and to BUDA in September 2022.
Shuntaro Yoshida (b. 1989, Miyagi, Japan) is a dancer, choreographer, and researcher of contemporary dance and performance. He obtained a Ph.D. from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2020. Since completing his Ph.D., he is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University and a Visiting Scholar at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK).
His choreographic practice and research include a choreography by extending the subject of dance to non-human, referring to today's environmental issues. He has engaged in the artist collective “Mapped to the Closest Address” from 2018 and created dance with other species, including “Teaching Dance to Plants” (2020) and “Dance with Chickens” (2021). He has also collaborated with artist Yuni Hong Charpe, “First Touch”(2022) supported by Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture). A book project of “Lichen Score” set to be released in 2022, contributes to dance and performance research across the world. As a Japanese artist, he has been invited to give lectures and talks at venues including STATE Studio in Berlin (2021) and Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama (2020). He has also delivered workshops at institutions such as Kanto Gakuin University, Waseda University, New York University, and Berlin University of the Arts.
Catalina Fernandez (b. 1977 and based in Berlin) is a light and sound designer for theater, dance, and the visual arts. She likes to compose subliminal spaces and engulfing in-site installations. She works as technical director in several productions and assists choreographers, filmmakers, and multidisciplinary artists. Catalina is an ongoing collaborator of the choreographer Juliana Piquero, the musician Hans Unstern and the artist's collective Fehras Publishing Practices. With Noam Gorbat, Catalina founded Can Doc, a collective that offers audio-visual documentation for visual artists, choreographers, projects, and institutions.
Fernandez studied film photography in Bogota's university Unitec and Lighting Design in Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte (IUNA), Buenos Aires. She has been awarded by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa with the 2022 DisTanz Recherchestipendium.
Maharu Maeno is a Japanese artist and performer based in Berlin. She has worked in socially engaged art that intervenes in communities and public spaces, and recently she has been exploring collaborative work with non-humans. She joined the collective "Mapped to the Closest Address" in 2018. She is currently studying at MA Raumstrategien at Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. She had a Bachelor at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2020. She exhibited her work, “Red Hook Horror Lemonade (2019)” at studio DE-CONSTRUKT, "The Museum of Make-up Art (2019)" at FIGMENT New York, "Migration of Red Pepper (2018)" at Open Source Gallery, "Kasumi-ka Kumoka (2020)" at Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT, Tokyo).
Violeta* was born on March 10, 2020 in Brandenburg. She lives between Berlin and Frankfurt Oder. At the end of 2020, she was invited to be part of the collective Mapped to the Closest Address. The humans in the team wanted to connect with the perspective of other species, they sought to dislocate their own anthropocentrism and explore from other points of view the many worlds within gardens, forests and lakes. Violeta joined the collective as a videographer, her material became a fundamental part of the work. During the collective's first digital residency, Violeta made several field trips with a video capture device. Her material was edited and presented at the Japanese Saison Foundation. Open Forrest Launch was also part of PAF, Berlin. In 2021, the collective was welcomed at Lake Studios for a second residency. Violet collected new video material, this time the material was presented within the framework UNFINISHED FRIDAYS. Today she dies of heat under the kitchen counter.
*In honor of Chilean singer and songwriter Violeta Parra.
Violeta* nació el 10 de marzo 2020 en Brandenburgo. Vive entre Berlin y Frankfurt Oder. A finales del 2020, fue invitada a ser parte del Colectivo Mapped to the Closest Address. Los humanos del colectivo querían conectarse con la perspectiva de otras especies, buscaban dislocar su propio anthropocentrismo y explorar desde otros puntos de vista los muchos mundos dentro de jardines, bosques y lagos. Violeta se unió al colectivo como videografa, su material se convirtió en parte fundamental del trabajo. Durante la primera residencia digital del colectivo, Violeta realizó varias salidas de campo con un dispositivo para capturar video. Su material fue editado y se presentó en la fundación japonesa Saison. Open Forrest Launch fue también parte de PAF, Berlin. En 2021, el colectivo fue recibido en Lake Studios para una segunda residencia. Violeta recolectó nuevo material de video, esta vez el material se presentó dentro del marco UNFINISHED FRIDAYS. El día de hoy muere de calor debajo de la mesada de la cocina.
*En honor a la cantante chilena Violeta Parra.