kondition pluriel (Marie-Claude Poulin & Martin Kusch)
kondition pluriel is recognized in Canada for its research and development in the field of contemporary dance, performative installations and responsive environments. The artistic directors, Marie-Claude Poulin - with her background in dance - and Martin Kusch - from the media arts - both have extensive experience in their respective disciplines.
The group is based in Montréal, Canada, and produces performative spaces integrating media and choreographic concepts. These works are presented in gallery and public spaces, museums and theaters. kondition pluriel 's practice is geared toward the transformation of the real, investigating the relationships between time, memory, body and space. The quality of their choreographic and visual work, the challenges implicit to the high level of technology involved in their work, and the theoretical debate triggered by their performances make them a reference in this field.
Marie-Claude Poulin has developed a movement approach founded on her training and professional practice in contemporary dance, her teaching of somatic-education techniques and her graduate-level studies in kinanthropology, during which she analyzed movement with respect to the nervous system. As a dancer, Marie-Claude Poulin has toured and worked with various choreographers, notably Benoît Lachambre, José Navas and Meg Stuart. As a choreographer, she has created fifteen dance pieces from which the most significant is Le Corpuscule mécanicien (1999). In Berlin, she later met Martin Kusch with whom she has consolidated her artistic practice and desire to put together a performance group, leading to kondition pluriel and the choreographic installations schème, entre-deux and schème II .
Martin Kusch studied art history, philosophy and painting. For the last 15 years, he has been working as a visual artist in media arts. Since 1997, he has also been teaching in the department for Visual Media at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. His artistic practice is based on the creation of interactive installations and environments, and on architecture and site specificity. Martin Kusch¹s installations and videographic works have been presented on many occasions, primarily in Europe. Amongst them, Video-Licht-Installation is a video installation for a gallery space, shown in Graz in 1992. As far as In-Between, featured at the Festival Ars Electronica in Linz in 1994, and Galerie Winter, shown in Vienna in 1997, are both installations for public spaces. Martin Kusch has also participated in various group projects, particularly Crash Landing, produced by the Tanzwochen Wien in 1996, as well as the event Körper-Technik // BodyTechnology held in Berlin in 1999, where he worked in conjunction with choreographer Marie-Claude Poulin