Participating from South Korea, Canada and Switzerland, choreographer and modern dancer Mimi Jeong, visual artist Changyeob Ok, violinist Jinjoo Cho, and stage director Julien Brun began /sa:iːe/ - Between, Among, Through with the question, with the question ‘What are the limits of presence?’ Each participant recorded and conducted virtual experimentations from different places and at different times. Through their methods, the team presents virtual movements as a new pathway that connects various phenomena between the individual and the society with forms of performances. Alfred Schnittke’s A Paganini is loosely based on the original by the 18th-century violinist Niccolo Paganini. Taking apart Paganini’s composition and rearranging the fragments into a collage, A Paganini becomes the connective tissue between the two artists within the spatiotemporality of the ‘here’ and ‘now.’ As Schnittke interrupts the smooth flow of the original with the cacophonic introduction of a violin, the project opens the possibility of new performances by bringing together different hybrid media.
From the screen and lighting to the sound and the performers, elements of the project function as devices expanding the understanding of presence. Bringing together synesthetic memory, and visual matter and its projection, along with the limitations of physical locations, remote performances challenge the vitality and liveness to present new limits of presence.