Katja Heitmann _ Motus Mori: Museum – performative exhibition

Anyone who studies the archives of humankind sees an one-sided image of humanity; an image that is focused on measurability and control. We reduce people to comparable data, to categorizable differences, in order to be able to optimize control over our fate. But is this how we want to be remembered? As strings of data, feeding self-sustaining algorithms?

Katja Heitmann wants to write a different history. She wants to create an archive in which the most essential, paradoxical and elusive core of mankind is preserved. An attempt to archive the impossible: an archive of movement.
A repository for movement requires an active institute that literally moves for and through people. In such an institution a new form of historiography takes place: not a theoretical but an embodied historiography. The body as an archive.

In the period 2021-2024 Katja Heitmann and her team will develope an institute for movement-heritage: Motus Mori. This institute focuses on the collection, preservation, display and transfer of the human movement.

Motus Mori Institute is a place for process. Every development is shared with the audience in public manifestations. This institute literally ‘moves’; in the years to come, as it will be located in various cities, presenting the archive in exhibitions, performances, installations and rituals.

choreography & concept: Katja Heitmann
sounddesign & concept: Sander van der Schaaf
producent: Stichting This is not a show
performers: Wies Berkhout, Julia Drittij, Ornella Prieto, Rebecca Collins, Eleni Ploumi, Adina Ternström
artistic assistent: Moene Roovers
artistic advice: Christina Flick, Ingrid de Rond, Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink
video / fotography: Hanneke Wetzer, Jostijn Ligtvoet
supported by: Fonds Podiumkunsten, Municipality of Tilburg, Province of Noord Brabant