‘If human action is free, its quality cannot consist in its somehow escaping from determinants of the world we live in’
- Jürgen Habermas, ‘Hermeneutik und Ideologiekritik’
This performance attempts to explore the artist’s vision of reality, as we perceive it in everyday activities. Simple items of daily use such as a chair or a tablecloth turn out to be obstacles in to the path of moving and living. A seemingly trivial walking lesson is presented as a painful struggle to progress. Monochromatic settings (canvas, table, and chair) are being contrasted with intensive colours, Butoh-inspired gestures and inharmonic music. The main idea of the performance is rooted in the ambiguity of human creativity and the ways in which human beings can be free. The performance draws upon the dialectical concept of reality as both constructed and constructing at the same time. The title of the performance is ‘Untitled’, particularly to reflect upon the uncertainty of human acts, and the various possibilities for understanding them.
G5/6 - Guise (6 september 2011)