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Eternal Return #7

ETERNAL RETURN #7

site-specific live action

CREAT(ur)E live art festival
Kaunas - Lithuania

1 June 2014
Duration: 1 hour


Materials

Artist's body, black clothes, metal bucket, soil, water from the river

Description of action

I take soil from the ground and water from the river, and I mix them. With the mixture I cover my eyes so that I cannot see. Then with closed eyes I start walking from the one side to the other side of the river, with the intention that when I reach the bucket, I will fill it up with water and therefore uncover my eyes with clean water. After many repetitive movements I managed to reach the bucket. After cleaning my face the action comes to an end.

Concept

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.

Documentation

Photography & Video: CREAT(ur)E live art festival