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Jan Rozman (residency)

March 2, 2022 - March 13, 2022


In Phenomeme (working title) Jan Rozman renders performative potentials of memetic procedures.
Humans imitate the world around us from birth as we repeat the behavior of our parents. The mimetic nature of our society is reflected not only in how we learn, but also in what our goals and ambitions are, and perhaps most importantly, what role imitation plays the formation of identity. In the age of ubiquitous digitization, the gap of image mediation intervenes in the process of imitation. It’s interrupted and changed in ways that often go beyond the possibilities of the analog environments. The logic of digital information has been introduced, changing the image and its rules, thus changing the logic of its imitator. Phenomeme works at the intersection of organic, analog, and digital, at the intersection of image, experience, and event. As the main methodological procedures of the research Rozman introduces strategies of copying (duplication), imitation (repetition) and mimicry (blending), ranging from ironic personifications to attempts of becoming the other using somatic and digital memetic techniques.
Through work with repetition and variation and by exploiting the errors that occur in memetic procedures, he addresses issues of (physical) identity, reproduction, originality, and perfection. It questions the deep-rooted human desire for repetition and belonging. To whom or what do we want to belong? Who or what do we want to become? Where in the memetic world are identities formed? What’s the drive to repeat? What does it mean to be original? What role does empathy play in the copying process? Can we access the other in a deeper way than becoming its (surface) copy?
Phenomeme seeks to shake and shift the stable semiotic connections to facilitate critical thinking about the role of memes in digitized societies and to search for possible alternative readings for both digital and analog realities.

Jan Rozman is a dancer, choreographer, performer, and performance maker based between Ljubljana and Berlin. In his artistic practice he’s engaged with extended bodies and material semiotics in a search of relevant performative articulations for the post-internet/anthropocene era. Jan completed a master’s degree at SODA, HZT Berlin. He created several author works, most recently Thinging, MEMEMEME and THINGS THING. He received several awards for his work, most recently the main prize at Gibanica, the biennial of Slovenian contemporary dance art.

Research & Performance: Jan Rozman
Dramaturgy: Julia Keren Turbahn
Sound: Blaž Gračar
Executive Producer: Sabrina Železnik

Production: Emanat
Co-production residency: O Espaço do Tempo



March 2, 2022
March 13, 2022
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