Re: waving

Scott deLahunta (
Tue, 14 Oct 1997 09:13:38 +0200

******** 'waving hello'

At 12:58 AM 10/3/97 -0500, Johannes Birringer wrote:
>I think we'd then have to discuss the game of approximations. The soaking is
>fine, I agree with Amanda, but I am not sure about the adding more. I want
>to be careful about what is happening to the attention to the adding, and
>the concentration that allows me to look or wave, and perhaps see why the
>face has changed and my body impacted or my consciousness moved in another
>direction. I am not an information collector, and I notice that my audiences
>are not necessarily into collecting either. How is hightech dance or theatre
>collected-experienced........[Scott mentions "Moving Target," a very
>problematic work for me, and he suggests:
>>The choreography 'on the floor' is reflected
>>and visually takes on more dimensions on the mirror than the standing work,
>>which takes on the flattened visual appearance of floor work....
>mmmmmmh. I think that's an interesting example of simple overcoding, double
>coding (refractions and kaleidoscopic effects, very flashy and not very
>interesting to me).

On information collecting -- things move so quickly in performance. 'It'
seems to work as a viewing 'experience' rather than a collecting or simply a
reading... as an interaction where the function of the collecting and
reading is in service to an accumulation of energy around and through which
our attention, consciousness and imagination cavorts. Our attention has an
impact on the performers, the bars of our consciousness is rattled via
interpretations and our imagination is what provides the alchemical reaction
whereby the work becomes 'art'. When the accumulation or cavorting of these
elements seems to stop somewhere, whether by a realisation that the work is
fundamentally uninteresting, or where our expectations are disappointed or
it goes on too long or something -- this is when things begin to be reduced
to just information. In fact, during such moments, reducing the work to just
information may in some cases serve as a strategy whereby the experience
regains its forward momentum.



******** 'waving goodbye'

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