My interest in the essence of the human mind is based on the relation of the two sides of the mind which Roberto Mangabeira Unger mentions as machine and the anti-machine. According to Unger, the anti-machine side has the quality that a poet would call the negative capability, in ordinary words, imagination. I am investigating the capabilities of the anti-machine side of the mind which can satirize its established methods and presuppositions to see something that those presuppositions and methods cannot allow. It can then retrospectively develop the methods and assumptions that help make sense of what it has discovered.
In my performance, these meaningful questions pale insignificance through my simultaneous facial expressions which hold the impressions and traces of most of the human communication processes including talking, listening and empathy.
The way I related to these questions is by situating my body as a relational-qualitative ground. While I alleviate the intellectual weight of these thought-provoking questions she transforms the process of understanding including the empirical and specific knowledge of the body into the process.
MAKING SENSE 2020
PERFORMANCE, RESEARCH-CREATION BEAUTIFIUL QUESTIONS, FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, BODY, TEXT @ONLINE
I collected 65 beautiful questions from 9 specific people consisting of artists, philosophers and designers.
In my performance, I “played” with these questions offering two directions; an invitation to savor and relish the words and an invitation to withdraw from their imprisoning nature. I emphasize the heaviness of intellectual processes by using the power of beautiful questions reflecting her fraught and paradoxical relationship with language and with thought.