[-empyre-] hyperpresence...

claudia robles post at claudearobles.de
Thu Oct 13 04:19:19 EST 2011

reading Gordana's notes, I found so many thoughts and questions close to 
my own, that I decided to pick some of them and continue thinking on that...

'the reflection and expended consciousness through movement.''

YES!!!   That's exactly what I found in Butoh... and it also is what I 
have been working/researching/thinking in the last time:

during our workday, we don't perceive our body, much less its 
physiological signals (such as heartbeat, brainwaves, etc...   ); 
normally we don't hear our heartbeat, or the blood flowing through our 

how to push the audience to a deep mental state so that they can 
experience a type of hyper-presence such as the one that can be 
experienced during Butoh performance, or in a "shamanic ritual**' ...

(with regard to Gordana's question: '' ritual? Does it have the capacity 
to be developed into a contemporary, digital technology enabled ritual? 
Can it provide us with complex experiences that ritual enables?''

In my piece INsideOUT e.g, I try to adopte different mental states 
during the performance, (a kind of trance) and I have my own personal 
way to get there...   the point for me now is how I can achieve that, in 
order that the audience perceives that type of experience too... how can 
I, as an artist, push the audience to experience, their own bodies and 
the environment during such a performance

A shamanic ritual...I am still thinking about it...

During a workshop, is feasible to induce participants to this 
hyperpresence through butoh and other techniques like slow motion, 
stillness or hyperventilation (just to mention some of them) but I still 
consider a problem to achieve this during an interactive installation or 
during a theater/dance piece for example.In the interactive 
installations case e.g, even if the space is created to produce feedback 
with the visitors...the visitors are normally not so active or 
participative as desired.. . I am not really sure if the visitors really 
take enough time during the exhibition to be involved in the situation...

People are normally in stress, they visit the exhibitions in a rush, 
hectic...do they really change their rhythm when they come to an 
interactive installation??Or do they just try to understand how the 
interaction works and then they go away...??Do people really take the 
time?? Do they really reduce the speed of their own rhythm when they 
come in?

I am curious about Gordana's experience with the visitors of her work..

  "based on the computational model of the function of the human immune 
system designed to induce meditative, contemplative experience....''...



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