Eternal Return #4


live art performance

DEFORMES 4th International Biennial of Performance,

MAC Museum of Contemporary Art,

Valdivia - Chile

21 November 2013
Duration: 30 minutes


Artist's body, black color oil paint, audience members.

Description of action

I enter the space and I ask the audience members to stand around me whilst creating a circle. I slowly start to look at each audience member in the eyes while turning around myself very slowly. Then I increase my speed and I spin faster and faster until I loose control and fall down. I repeat the same action several times. I stop the action when I feel that I cannot control my body anymore in order to remain in the circle. When I exit the space a circle of black fingertips is shaped on the floor.





The project “Eternal Return” is a series of live performances where repetitive action is the fundamental element and where time is experienced as being not linear but cyclical. “Eternal Return” explores repetition while challenging the limits of the body. What if a repeated physical pattern is recurring and returning again and again? Is there an endeavor or a futility in this repeated action? The body revolves for an eternal return and therefore creates an infinite time and space. It constructs a repetitive routine that appears as a ritual through a cyclical form upon which the repetitive occurrence becomes unpredictable. There is an intention to examine the possibilities of chance and repetitive action in relation to the response of the physical and mental body that becomes erratic due to the physical tension caused by the endless recurrence. Therefore the idea of fragility appears both in the cause of the action and the body itself. The application of the existential definition of the constant return to a passing incident occurs through an experiential manner that evolves to a transformative experience.


“Eternal return” is inspired by Nietzsche’s notion of the eternal recurrence, – that manifests in life in a self-similar mode through an infinite number of times and through a cyclical infinite time and infinite space.


Photography: Fausto Gracia


Christina Georgiou © 2019