I haven't yet posted about this elsewhere on the internet because it is a showing of a work-in-progress by invitation only, meant to ask artistic feedback to further develop the piece - but you are beloved fellow artists so potentially, if physical distance did not separate us, I would invite you too! So here it is Wednesday 28 June 6.30 p.m. @UVA/Universiteit van Amsterdam
*artwork: irina ermolaeva* Irina has made great drawings in b&w ink for the invitation email but I can't post it now because the server won't allow more than 2MB for pics per user and i've used almost all for the DADA article - for now i've posted it as teaser image but I'm not sure where that ends up to be seen - I'll find out how to post it here ;-)
This performance is about the paradox of intelligence and the inner world of dark mental states specific to anxiety disorder. Its dramaturgical essence evolved from experimentations with aesthetic elements taken from comic strips, introduced into the visual architecture of theatre.
The physical sequences presented pursue the journey of the eye and the act of seeing. The final stage of this research will attempt to create a dynamic visualization of concepts such as cognitive developmental stages, permeability patterns and object permeability. The direction of these future developments is suggested by the use of the plastic installation on stage.
Lyrics by the band Sonic Youth were included in the the spoken text.
Other sources of reference:
- psychological understanding of anxiety disorder as described in Barlow, David H.;Durand, Vincent Mark, Abnormal Psychology : An Integrative Approach - Third Edition , Wadsworth, 2002
- the altered image of existence as conveyed in Sandra Blakeslee and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, Phantoms In The Brain: Human Nature And The Architecture Of The Mind, Harper, 2005
- the dark humour of the animated series Ren & Stimpy created by John Kricfalusi
- the interaction between music and sight suggested by Kim Gordon's visuals and lyrics