A propositional choreography which is itself a derivative of a proposition by choreographer Michael Klein, of the state of dance being a channel through which to design a political system of bodies. In this ALT-Parliament I propose a site where all bodies together move to their own pace, within their autonomy but with awareness of the other bodies they are in relation to. Here, is a deep listening exercise in which we deconstruct the very nature of what we perceive as different and in which we learn to embody the sense of oscillation that governs all life. Here, in this site – waving between stillness, objectivity, substance, flow, and intersubjective pain and pleasure – we attempt a dance of knowing; ourselves with each-other, within space over time.
The structure itself is simple. We move, without instruction, without music. We try not to look to each other, we allow ourselves to move freely through space, we try to not play with each other, but more so allow the sensation of the other to ripple through our own movement. For two hours we move and hold ourselves in this space – defining and stretching the limits of our environment, and re-coding our interpersonal ecologies.
We start and end this through a selection of dance tracks each of us love that we want to bring to the group. 2-3 tracks to begin, 2-3 tracks to take us out. In the middle (between these phases of ecstasy) we find each other in time together, and design this Alt-parliament.
To work on FOUNDATIONal dreaming we must, to a certain degree, perceive through a tabula rasa – this is the space of our gallery, and our time together in defining it centres and edges. The present remains, as does history, our tabula-rasa thence, is a palimpsest.
There are so many aspects to my desire to participate in FOUNDATION so I will try and hone it into a single sentence or paragraph:
My artistic practice is increasingly trying to reframe itself as a dialogical aesthetic which can be used as a vessel for critical dreaming. Within spaces of critical dreaming we can use the extent of human experience, and knowledge of other subjectivities as methods to define the institutions which govern and ‘manage’ our lives. These institutions range from infrastructure, technology, governance procedures, energy production and consumption, economic modelling and distribution. Critical dreaming allows us to use alternative apparatuses to aide in the potential design and implementation of new systems which consider human and non human experience at the centre of institutional processes. I feel like FOUNDATION is the perfect place to explore the possibilities of these frameworks, where the consideration of ethics and aesthetics is paramount and where our intellectual apparatuses (whether they be writing, dance, construction, deconstruction, cooking, etc) become the driving investigatory tools.
Prompted by the opening statement of FOUNDATION, I started to develop a social system based on key principle-processes and morality-meshes that might inform a built environment. We could use this as a way to defining a day of activities and objectives, here it is written propositionally:
principle) of the
These are where we ‘work’play’
On enterprises which relate to each
Factor & how it relates to others. Here, in these factor/ ies, we freely choose to
enter, participate, plan, pull apart, and place together;
evolve, dream, criticise, rest, play
All these (edges) (centres) are of cause, not for profit.
Each is connected into the grid (of energy & information) > a smart system which allows each to focus on the moment they are in, whilst still, (positively) affecting others.
These edges all flow, spiralactically into multiple centres, to which we are always reminded of ‘who we are and what we can be’… & how these articulate into a generative human RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES paradigm. This is the only paradigm we are expected to constantly participate in, how and when and with what intensity is defined by ourselves (need and ability).
Interspersed between these foundational factor/ies are enterprise stations > where, if you choose you can operate free-share-trade-fair of goods, services etc, in these here agoras are the engines of further or meta-economy. The bulk, base economy, is taken care through social reformation, smart economy, foundational factor/ies (which are largely automated) and which provide us with food and energy. This metaconomy is where people extend and play within a fair-market. Base livelihood is not at stake. In the metaconomy we play for growth, fun, and extension.
People continue meaningful work, not superfluous economising and profit driven practice. But engage in activities which feed into and from the multiversal declaration of human rights and responsibilities.
This means that workplace schemes, such as teamwork, culture, productivity through pleasure, and management strategies may be continued, not within a for profit or competitive framework, BUT within a collaborative / share economy. We take root in the key meanings of the word economy – management & home… let us then define these terms.
In this foundational social dream all are welcome to work, rest, and play, simultaneously, together, and apart. This the way toward rewatering mars. Nothing is enforced.
Originally proposed for FOUNDATION, a project by: http://www.metasitu.com/