Pivot / Horizon
Presented as part of LIVE: the Performance Art Biennial
Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 pm, and on into November 2007.
Pivot / Horizon is a two-part project that investigates stillness, quietness, uneventfulness and meditation as an artistic strategy, performative gesture and aesthetic possibility. This project, launched in the context of the LIVE Biennial, locates points of inversion and entropy between performer and audience, event and non-event, as a means of exploring notions of consciousness and perception.
The first component of this project involves a short soundwalk around Gastown and the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver—a silent group-walk undertaken as a means of discovering “a location’s ambiance and underlying rhythms… the complex orchestration that the environment is composing at all times.” Inspired by the sonic explorations undertaken by the Acoustic Ecology movement, this “performance” becomes a decentralized, shared experience—an opportunity and an invitation to experiment with the senses and allow for stillness and natural observation to emerge.
The second component of this project will take place through the end of October and into November 2007 and will involve small-group meditation sessions in various homes and domestic spaces throughout Vancouver. For these sessions Santizo will lead the group through a series of perceptual exercizes, where he notes “the act of sitting, as an informal meditative moment, is for this project thought of as a “performed” event, one that is about mutually holding stillness and spaciousness, rather than desiring climax.”
Ultimately, Pivot / Horizon is intended to act as a frame for a raw moment, to simply exist. As well as being a reflection on the nature of experience and ontological art-making, this project is offered as a question into the nature of first-hand experience. Silence and stillness are only the external conditions, here performed, that are in effect pointers for the fold-of-form and the field-of-consciousness to be allowed: open, whole and fresh.