French artist and filmmaker Marie Polo will present TUNEKO, an immersive screening with live performances and interactive installation in a private exhibition on May 18, 2023 at MONOM.
TUNEKO corresponds to the pronunciation of the French phrase “tout n'est qu'eau," which translates to “all is only water.” It is an interdisciplinary art project that brings together video, performance, costume, and set design in an interactive and immersive tour of the senses. This project reconnects humans to the most vital element for life—water in all its forms.
Date: May 18, 2023
Time: 6 PM - 9 PM
Address: MONOM, Nalepastrasse 18, 12459 Berlin
For Marie Polo, this is an exhaustive investigation to awaken the body and mind to a world where access to water is becoming limited.
A still shot from Marie Polo's work
"I have been exploring the theme of trauma and healing through my work, and after witnessing the power of water in my immersive screenings, I felt drawn to delve deeper into the essence and nuances of water. I find water fascinating as it connects us all through its universal life source and is able to take any shape. Throughout my life, water has been a soothing and exciting ally, even in the hardest moments. I believe that including water in my work is crucial, especially in light of the current climate change and ecological crisis. To me, water is a source we should cherish and stop taking for granted, and I hope that by enabling people to reconnect to water through experiences like TUNEKO, it can be the start of a refreshing wave and an awakening for all living beings." Marie Polo
Polo’s first immersive screening of TUNEKO will feature a recreation of the Ravel Bolero featuring dancers Ylva Falk, Sebastian Abarbanell, with sounds of water by Paul Behnam, spatial 4DSOUND by William Russell, and 3D lighting installation by DRAGON LedPulse. There will be live performances of water-galvanized movements by dancers Hava Hudry, Natisa KA, Danilo Andres, and Marie Polo. Dancers will wear water inspired costumes from Berlin-based designer Elodie Castensen’s Alluvial collection.
In addition, there will be an interactive reflexology walk created in collaboration with Polo’s artistic partner Edouard Burgeat and projections of water textures and pigments from abstract work under the lens of a microscope by the Berlin-based collective Magnificent Matter.
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About Marie Polo
Marie Polo is a French artist, filmmaker, and therapist who has been gaining recognition for her immersive screening concept. Her first feature film, HUBRIS, explores trauma and healing, and her immersive screenings aim to reconnect people to their emotions and sensations in the moment through interactive performances. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, she managed to tour HUBRIS and offer immersive screenings to diverse audiences in unique locations around the world.
In addition to her work as an artist, Polo is a dance and holistic massage therapist who offers healing sessions of intuitive dance and mind-body-heart reconnection. She is the co-founder of an artistic laboratory in Paris called 229 LAB, which opens new ways of interacting with artworks and artists through immersive experiences and workshops.
The encouragement of wildlife preservation and consciousness on the preciousness of nature are key motivators that drive Polo‘s work today. She worked as director of experience for Wild Immersion, the first virtual animal reserve endorsed by Jane Goodall.
Polo is currently working on her autobiography, "30," which is set to publish in 2023.