Festival opening performance.
Inspired by the uncanny evolution of DNA editing technologies such as CRISPR, The New Body debuts a new wearable instrument designed by Ismaili that emits the sound of a chorus. Ismaili’s instrument envisions a self-sustaining organism that transcends the body’s limitations by adding science fiction-inspired accoutrements. For The New Body, Ismaili sourced human voices, which are then transformed into different soundscapes that are triggered by various movements. Ismaili’s interest in science fiction and fantasy, hermetic self-sustainability and choral multi-vocality explores notions of queer community solidarity and autonomy in times of political populism.