Virtual Choreography is an open database of movements, a ‘world gesture map’ that allows the audience to visualise and upload several recorded motions created by themselves. The Hackney Wick area worked as Antoli’s starting point for the project that has since continued in different cities and countries around the world.
For her residency at arebyte gallery, Antoli researched the common gestures and behaviours of specific zones of Hackney Wick by asking different sectors of the community for their involvement. During the residency period Antoli mapped the area and recording skateboarders, security guards, receptionists and basketball players. In the exhibition, these gestures were shown as video pieces, alongside a website where anyone can record and upload new movements to the symphony of gestures.
The work references the One Minute Sculptures of Erwin Wurm and is transformed into what Antoli refers to as One Minute Social Choreography. Through dissemination of the recorded videos, a network of created gestures is highlighted. As the participants are asked to re-perform their daily gestures, movements that were once natural take on a new significance. Participants’ daily movements become absurd; their willingness to re-perform these depletes their social power and hierarchies of power become obsolete. Here, the term choreography is democratised as everyone who performs becomes a dancer.