Oona Libens

Oona Libens is a belgian-swedish artist. Her work revolves around media-archeology and the history of the (moving) image. She develops a distinct universe by creating a dialogue between historic and recent media phenomena — from shadow theatre as the most primitive form of moving image, over the magic lantern, the computer or TV-screen, to today’s entertainment society and Google. With her performances she tries to expand our experience of the image and the screen, to create an analogue virtual reality and to make an entertainment machine that is slow, hesitates, falters and fails. Oona Libens’s performances are a hybrid of object theatre, film, pseudo-science and poetry. The shows take scientific themes — outer space, the sea, time, the human body — and are illustrated live by means of shadows, analog projections and a diversity of lighting effects. The audience gets to see how she manipulates the images, the ‘tricks’ are exposed, which makes it tactile and captivating experience.

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