Digital | Stereo
16:9 I colour | 9’19” | 2022

Plassein is a moving image work by Alexandra Davenport with film direction by Federico Barni, commissioned for the 2022 Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie show Shaping Data at Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Mannheim. Taking its title from the Ancient Greek verb meaning “to mold or shape”, ‘Plassein’ is a choreographic interpretation of neuroplasticity using performance and moving image to explore reorganization, adaptation, and growth. The performers are continually forming new connections and pathways, working together to hold, fold, weave, curve & hinge. Echoing ideas that plasticity enables the brain to be simultaneously formative and formable, the body is proposed as a site of both knowledge production and knowledge exchange. Moving with the body, the camera too becomes a performer – tracking movement but also creating it. The exchange between performers & the camera creates a new architectural reality which is in a constant state of transformation.

A FILM BY Alexandra Davenport FILM DIRECTION Federico Barni MOVEMENT DIRECTION Alexandra Davenport CINEMATOGRAPHY Ailsa Aikoa STYLING Elizabeth Bradley PERFORMERS Amelia Tan | Daisy Minto | Dilesh Patel | Jessy Mackay | Patrick Lawrie | Rachel Elizabeth Coleman EDITOR Federico Barni COLOURIST John Alexander Lowe SOUND DESIGN Federico Barni STEADICAM OPERATOR Luke Oliver FOCUS PULLER Joel Spence PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Anna Thompson STYLING ASSISTANT Ariel Bradley GRAPHIC DESIGN Elizabeth Bradley