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The First Law of B. K.

Performance for four projectors, a bicycle and a performer.
The First Law of B.K. is derived directly from the first law of thermodynamics: “Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, only transformed from one state to another.” For the purpose of the performance Barbara reduces her existence to that of a thermodynamic system where she transforms food energy (calories/joules) into luminous energy – the perceived energy of light (lumens). By pedalling the bicycle Barbara propels the dynamo, which generates electricity for lightning of the stage, as well as the brightness of the projections with the brightness sensor attached to the shaft of the pedal. Titles of videos: Sandwich Bites, Chicken Canon, Five Course, Vegetables Beat, Coffee, Beer & Vine, Noodles Ballet, Fruit battle, English Breakfast, Hot Hot Hot.

Conceived and text by Barbara Kukovec & Bojan Jablanovec, Performer and video: Barbara Kukovec, Sound and video synchronization: Rob Canning, Pedalling brightness control and software: Borut Kumperščak, Artistic director: Bojan Jablanovec, Technician: Igor Remeta, Producer: Špela Trošt, Production: Via Negativa, 2011, with the support by Ministry of Culture of RS and the City of Ljubljana, Premiere: 13 April 2011, Duration: 40 min


Images Marcandrea

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