come closer: sasanel, a larp experience by susan sloetz and nina runa essendrup

january 24 2020

Come Closer is Oude Kerk’s public program: a series of intimate gatherings in and around the exhibition Poems for Earthlings of Adrián Villar Rojas. Artists, musicians, scientists and visitors together explore an underexposed past, alternative versions of the present and possible futures.

Friday January 24th, visitors are invited to participate in Sasanel, a larp (live action role play) about consciousness, communication, and the environment. Written and designed by artist Susan Ploetz, And facilitated at the Oude Kerk in collaboration with Larp designer and artist Nina Runa Essendrup.

One can sign up to participate in the larp, which includes a workshop (5:30-8 PM) to warm up for, and co-create the ways of being and community of Sananel. Or you can arrive later, to encounter the culture of Sasanel within the work by Adrian Villar Rojas between 8-9PM.

More about Sasanel:

In “Sasanel”, you will play a representative of an island culture whose ecosystem, home and way of life is being destroyed by a mysterious outside force, which you discover to be an inland culture that doesn’t seem to be able to communicate with other consciousnesses, materials, and the environment as you can. Can you possibly teach them your methods of attuning to your surroundings and resources, before it is too late for your (and probably their) culture and homeland?

You will have the opportunity to play a member of a society whose culture revolves around a magic materialism: a system of magic that believes that materials themselves have innate powers. It is up to humans to attune to these powers and help channel and combine them, and call on them to help our existence and produce the kind of world we wish to live in.

Through somatic (mind-body centering) exercises, movement, sounding, oral poetry and song, we transform ourselves into this culture, and attune to the power and magic of the materials around us. We will also encounter others from a different culture, and see if we can learn from them, or if we have something to offer as well. Do they have a more powerful magic? Can they help us to transform our world in the way we want to? Are they able to feel and see the magic that we can feel all around (and in) us?

Larp participants will be led through a 2-hour workshop before living out this culture for one hour in the Oude Kerk. At this point other visitors will also be let in, and larpers have the choice to meet these new comers or play amongst themselves.

About Susan Ploetz and Nina Runa Essendrup:

Susan Ploetz (US/DE) is an artist-researcher working with somatics, theory, writing, performance and real-life simulations in different speculative configurations. Her work deals with the overlapping spaces of soma and technos; she uses imagination, magical materiality and protocol to induce emancipatory emotive dissonances and expansion of perceptions and consciousness.

Nina Runa Essendrop is a Danish artist and larp designer with a masters degree in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. She has a strong focus on movement, sensory experiences and the meaning of physical action. Nina is an active player in the Nordic Larp community. She has designed and produced blackbox larps, freeform games, large scale-larps, audience inclusive larps and larp festivals and she has collaborated with artists internationally.

Want to know more? Curator Radna Rumping interviewed Susan Ploetz about the role of LARP in her work. 

January 24, 2020
Workshop for larp participants: 5.30 – 8PM
Regular visitors: 8-9PM

This programme will be facilitated in English. There is no previous larp experience necessary. As a larp participant you get free entrance to this event. Limited capacity, please make a reservation at: before Monday Jan 20th. In case you have any questions or need more information, feel free to contact us.

Practical info for participants:
5.30 walk in
6-8pm workshop
8-9pm play
9-10 drinks in Sebastiaanskapel

Practical info regular visitors Come Closer:
8pm doors open
8-9pm experience and interact with the culture of Sasanel (in the installation by Adrian Villar Rojas)
9-10 drinks in Sebastiaankapel

Tickets: regular entrance (€3 museum card / €10 students / €15 regular ticket)

Get your tickets here.