Church of Ignorance

part of the Foreign Tongues projects

In Church of Ignorance the imposing Dominikanerkirche is temporarily turned into a marketplace of wild languages, a kind of walk-in performative Library of Babel. Initially the body is, in this game, only „Corpus“ – a reservoir of slangs and dialects from all over Europe. Because the body, so the popular thesis, doesn’t lie; it serves us, in this sense, as sensorium, as transcriber of unknown sounds and noises.

The words being used in the liturgy of the Church of Ignorance are hard to understand, but the signs of the bodies, the results of the momentary, unrepeatable nature of gestural and facial communication are clearly decipherable. Liquid Loft’s performers carry with them acoustic traces of foreign tongues, creatures and spaces. They call up soundtrack sequences, which they rework , modulate and complement through dance. What, at first, appears to be a Babel of tongues, gets transformed through granular- and microsampling techniques, into a form of communication that surpasses its purely verbal meaning. Questions of identity are negotiated as mantras, faces veiled, bodies artificially extended. The manifold linguistic sculptures produce figures, which transcend into amorphous beings. Between the erratic flow of syllables and the Esperanto of the language of movement emerge choreographic tilted images and spiritual association-spaces.

For at the end of the anthropocene, when man will finally acknowledge that he failed the world, perspectives need to be newly adjusted, including (and especially) those of communication. Church of Ignorance is the utopian promise of evading the catastrophy, perhaps even to learn to resolve the contradictions of the post-modern world step by step and get a grip on its immense complexity.

Church of Ignorance is a part of the project-series Foreign Tongues in which Liquid Loft explore the complex interactions between verbal messages and their physical concomitants. Foreign Tongues approaches, with the vocabulary of body language, the often contradictory forms of communication. Starting point for the various performances are language recordings, which were produced as part of personal interviews in different regions of Europe.