addiction to becoming, addiction to non-becoming

The artist offers participants a physical experience that will immerse them in a denser present. In a complex and rapidly changing world of multiple truths and post-truths we often need a pause—a refuge that would allow us to explore ourselves on a new level—a level different from our everyday but addressing the workings of memory. The artist, the music, and the space will act as mediators within the participants’ memory, guiding them along their own process of becoming in the context of the discussion of a digitalized world and encouraging them to try and understand how our brains and bodies register information. Participants will discuss the ways in which Internet reality becoming a daily routine has changed our psychophysical perception and whether we can become stalkers of our own consciousness.

Exploring the real world by the way of virtual worlds, we study neural networks, artificial intelligence, animals and the non-human. But what is happening to us in the meantime? Technological changes affect biological transformations. Our brain constantly regenerates, which means it constantly recreates and re-works our memories. In that sense, we have no “authentic” memory. But we can return to reality through perception and adaptation. We can practice the present—not through resistance, but through observation, distancing ourselves and assuming a neutral position. How do we open up the gap between spiritual practices, occult materialism, and the virtual world?

addiction to becoming, addiction to the grid

online zoom practical session during lockdown

A performance  workshop focused on lived psychological and emotional experiences in the virtual space, something which has become the new reality in this time of self-isolation.
Not an invitation to relive or rewrite the experience of the migration of one’s social life (including its emotional and sensual aspects) online, the performance will encourage participants to look within and see how their conscious selves have changed in the current circumstances.The artist believes that the excess of online events and the redistribution of resources from the outer to the inner dimension represent an attempt to correct viscosity. Entering thismatrix does not represent an affirmation of humanity, but instead its loss. Inconnecting to cyberspace, humans do not penetrate it but are captured by the space and experience a vulnerability of connection that affects sensibilities.

Participants were invited to try some meditation and physical exercises that should help them distribute their resources.These practices may (but don’t have to) take participants into the world of their consciousness and psyche, which have been spatialized and transformed into a landscape where the inner has turned into the outer. Participation did not require any prior preparation, but did receive instructions before the event.

addiction to becoming, addiction to non-becoming

addiction to becoming, addiction to non-becoming

part 1. perfomance-practicum, 2019
part.2 online perfomance-practicum, 2020
Garage museum of contemporary art, Moscow