01101001 00100000 01110011 01110100 01110010 01101001 01110000 00100000 01101101 01111001 01110011 01100101 01101100 01100110 00100000 01101111 01100110 00100000 01100010 01101001 01101110 01100001 01110010 01111001 00001010................ A monochrome video projection of ones and zeros fills the dark space. A human figure, barely visible in the rush of digital numbers, starts to move on the pole, trying out different positions in the electric haze.

The performance “I Strip Myself of Binary” combines pole dance and video art. It is about trying out ways in which the human form and the digital haze of video projections can be melted together. The body of the dancer becomes and universal mark for human beings, it ceases to be only a woman. This being tries out different positions and different movements in the digital flow of zeros and ones, leaving no trace of its existence. Only the pure movement and this exact moment are important, as the being becomes one with the electric rain of the video. What is left is the constant possibility to make another decision.

I Strip Myself of Binary has a three performers on stage: a live musician, creating electronic sounds and beats to the movement of the dancer; a VJ mixing the one's and zero's live; and the dancer. The three artists work together, reacting to each other, and forming a pulsating multi-disciplinary artwork.

The name of the performance, I Strip Myself of Binary, is a nod to both the origins of pole dance, and the dominant gender binary. Pole dancing was first created by strippers. In this artwork, we shed not clothes, but the choking norms of the binary gender.

Recover Crew

DirectionSofi Häkkinen
PerformersAnnemari Kiviniemi (pole), Samuli Kivelä (music), Sofi Häkkinen (video)
ProductionInna Huttunen / Recover Laboratory

Technical info

Duration10 minutes
EquipmentsA dancing pole and a video projector, good quality PA.
AudienceFrontal public. Not interactive. All ages. No participant limit.
SpaceIndoor space, minimum 6 x 3 m wide and 3 m high. Near black out needed. Hard, even, stable, and clean floor.
Sound & VideoProfessional PA with subwoofers and monitors. Two stereo outputs. A high quality video projector with high contrast option and a HDMI input.sound.
Preparation1 hr to build up, 30 min to take down
OtherSpace for warming up

This show travels light and easy! Contact Inna Huttunen for bookings by email: hello@recoverlaboratory.com