Tip The Scales in a Gambler´s Favor

Magnetoceptia’s latest performance ‘Tip the Scales in a Gambler’s Favor’ has been presented on the 23rd July 2017 in Hal25 Alkmaar, The Netherlands. The performance has been developed within the context of Creatorium Residency, with the support of Hal25 and BMEIA Den Haag.

This time a platform is created on which the Cheese carriers´guild – ‘Kaasdragers’ of Alkmaar – meet the local radio sending-amateurs.
The most simple and versatile methods of telecommunication – semaphore signs and morse code – will serve as optical and audible commands for the Cheese carriers´guild, shaping the composition of the performance.

Through the ceaseless clink of their wooden shoes, Dewi de Vree & Patrizia Ruthensteiner alias VICTOR & ROMEO, will transmit codes, evoking a cascade of translations to chase around the cheese carriers. By stepping out of accord, eventually a new language will be created, one that is based on a more physical vocabulary, as a result from walking off the path of the NATO phonetic alphabet.

The material and immaterial, the local and the worldwide, the received and the self-generated sounds presented during the performance, will be sent out by the Grand Master of Shortwave controlling an antenna receiving station, to be eventually picked up in distant spheres by a potential observer of the earthly activities.

In the lodge of Magnetoceptia’s guild, each member has their own call sign and colour-code to mark their respective roles, placing them in the hierarchy of the performance. White is the colour of the carriers´guild and the mason’s apron (schort), whose enlarged pattern will serve as the stage, a chalk-drawn playground.
The choreography of the piece will be determined by the rules of a self-invented game, by which chains of commands,
translations and cascades of re-contextualized actions are evoked.

Enclosed male circles will now be stimulated to a dialogue, controlled and directed by VICTOR & ROMEO.
Stereotypes will be stretched out and compressed again, sonified and transmitted to another star.


Klaas Koetje – Marconist
Harry Blom – Grandmaster of Shortwave
Peter de Jongh – Cheese Carrier
Derk Woldendorp – Cheese Carrier
Gerard – Zetter
Cor Wijker – Zetter
Rowan Wagner – Zetter
Dewi de Vree – VICTOR
Patrizia Ruthensteiner – ROMEO

Photos by Alex Schröder