To celebrate their 20 years of collaboration, Festival Accès Asie and OBORO are proud to present Handshack an interactive installation by the multidisciplinary artist Marites Carino.
Completed as part of the short-term residency Interval at OBORO’s New Media Lab, Handshack questions how our overuse of electronics reduces daily opportunity for human contact and diminishes our ability to be present when face-to-face.
In this world of instant communication, our first contact with people is often virtual, either through the Internet, telephone, texts or e-mail. All day we swipe screens, type on keyboards and punch buttons.
This intimate piece captures candid, real-time encounters between two strangers who get to know each other solely through touch. Using the handshake as a starting point, blind tactile conversations are twisted into unexpected choreographies.
With a background in dance and broadcast journalism, Marites Carino combines her passion for dance and film through her inventive dance shorts. For more than a decade she was the dance editor at the cultural weekly the Montreal Mirror. She enjoys telling people’s stories, and particularly those who use art to overcome obstacles, like in tremor, a year-long collaborative project that was created with a group of people with Parkinson’s. Her award-winning works have screened at numerous international festivals and art spaces. In her spare time, she dances slowly to fast music, cycles, snaps photos and writes about herself in the third person.
Marites Carino – Multidisciplinary Artist