Deform Amoibe (2019) is a continuation of the work Deform (2015). The sculpture of flexible material is moved by performers. Amoibe is the Greek word for change and indicates a single-celled organism that changes its form. The contiguous material asks the performers to switch from individual to collective movement. What is left of diversity in this collaboration?
 

Like fleshy skin, or the lacquer layer of a red Ferrari. With Deform Amoibe the organic and materialistic may merge. The bodies and body parts become one moving mass within the sculpture. While the performers use all their senses to jointly operate the sculpture. 
Can the expressive individual change into plurality from an entirely shared core?

The work is about loss of fear for connection, without letting go of one’s identity.


The performance is accompanied by cello music. It is a ‘live’ improvisation with minimal and (Indian) classical influences. The low vibrating tones give an almost tangible connection to the deep colour of the voluminous material. 

Deform Amoibe is a durational and improvised performance, whereby the spectator determines his own time and place in the performance space. The work also exists as installation, video/ photo work, and drawings. The work originated in 2019 and is further developed between 2020-2021. 
Music composed by Lucas Stam (cello), material recycled PVC, textile, amount 1 sculpture - dividable into 5 parts, dimensions 225x250 cm.

Selection of group expositions: ‘Dreef Exhibition: New Feminine' Pavilion Welgelegen 2019 Haarlem, 

‘Prague Quadrennial: Formations’ Industrial Palace 2019 Prague.

 

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Drawings, title Deform Amoibe, year 2019, material pen on paper, artist Iris Woutera de Jong

Teaser of a video work, title Deform Amoibe, year 2019, material textile, pvc, teaser duration 00:01:06, video duration 00:08:00, video location different sites in Prague, artist Iris Woutera de Jong,

videographer Veerle Boekenstijn, performers Denise Verschut, Hannah Alkemade, Flora Nacer, Anna Riley-Shepard, Rosanna Ter Steege. 

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Video stills, title Deform Amoibe, year 2019, material textile, pvc, video duration 00:08:00, video location different sites in Prague, artist Iris Woutera de Jong,

videographer Veerle Boekenstijn, performers Denise Verschut, Hannah Alkemade, Flora Nacer, Anna Riley-Shepard, Rosanna Ter Steege. 

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Rehearsal registration, location 4Bid Gallery Amsterdam, video duration 00:20:00, title Deform Amoibeyear 2021
material textile, pvc, artist Iris Woutera, music Lucas Stam (cello), performers Anna Riley-Shepard, Rosanna ter Steege.

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Group exhibition "New Feminine" Dreef Exposities, location Paviljoen Welgelegen Haarlem, artists Iris Woutera, Larissa Ambachtsheer, Viktoryia Shydlouskaya, year 2019, title of exhibited artwork Deform Amoibe, material textile, pvc. 

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Installation, title Deform Amoibe, year 2020, material textile, pvc, artist Iris Woutera de Jong, photographer Alina Fejzo, location Het HEM during my time as studio artist.