Who We Are
MAMMALIAN DIVING REFLEX
We’ve named ourselves after a reflex found in mammals, which increases the chances of survival when we’re plunged into a cold watery environment. For us, this is a metaphor for surviving difficult times, not through a comprehensive rational plan, but by getting the mind out of the way and letting the body do its job. With our work, we’re always trying to overwhelm ourselves and our audience with ideas and sensations so that we’re abandoned by the intellect, allowing intuition to lead the way. We trust we’ll get through this century in one piece, we just have to get out of the way and let our natural tendencies of generosity unlock and redistribute the world’s abundance.
Mammalian creates performances by looking for contradictions to whip into aesthetically scintillating experiences. We create site and social-specific performance events, theatre productions, participatory gallery installations, videos, art objects and theoretical texts to foster dialogue and dismantle barriers between individuals of all backgrounds by bringing people together in new and unusual ways.