Deform Amoibe (2019) is a sculpture of flexible material brought to life by performers. It is a development of the work Deform (2015). 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.

The work investigates how people can excel without breaking the movement of the group. The performers use all their senses to jointly operate the sculpture. The material can exclude, enclose and merge.

Like fleshy skin, or the lacquer layer of a red Ferrari. With Deform Amoibe the organic and materialistic world merges.

The bodies and body parts become one moving mass within the sculpture. What is left of democracy here? Does the expressive individual disappear or only changes to plurality from a shared core.

The work is about forming a union, which can feel like letting go of one's own identity.

The music is composed live by Lucas Stam (cello). 

Material: textile and recycled PVC. The work originated in 2019 and is further developed between 2020-2021. 

It is a performance work and also exists as video work, photo work, and drawings.

 

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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.