Archive for May, 2010

solos

so far the next stage of this project consists of the work with dancers Ingrid Berger Myhre and William Collins. we will develop 2 solos that will eventually alternate and overlap, and share a space full of mutual traces, but eventually remain as solos. this will happen with the support of Fabrik Potsdam and Dansmakers Amsterdam, places in which we will work in residency at the end of 2010.

in the meantime, and as I read and write and work on further developing concepts, I am starting to think about the possibility to create a 3rd solo. maybe a somewhat independent piece, partly born from practical necessities and partly born from the proliferation of ideas that come with the research on the subject. as I read, there are more and more materials that suggest I could put together a new concept for a third solo. just like Ingrid’s and William’s solos will be developed out of very specific propositions (or set-ups) related to the subject of forced disappearance of people in Argentina in the ’70s, I am thinking now of a third solo that would bring on stage certain images and physical ideas described in the testimonies of prisoners of the illegal detention centers.

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(re)engaging

back on track. sort of. trying to get busy again, more connected with the project, with the subject. I’ve been reading more lately, and it’s not so much that I have been reading about things related to the disappearance of people, but that reading always arouses (re-arouses) the desire to write. reading things and connecting them to every other thing. learning from anything, exercising my intelligence. trying to communicate with the intelligences behind the texts, the books, the articles, and behind whatever I encounter: a machine, a poem, an image, a tool.

I’ve been reading “The ignorant teacher”, by Jacques Rancière, and it really inspired me. it gave a name (sort of) to how I think I engage with living, with daily experiences, with objects, with people. what he describes as an emancipatory idea of education, I realize is (at least very close to) my idea of communication, of living. of dealing with reality.

I’ve written that this project is my way of relating to Argentinean history, of studying it. and I do it in communication, producing something (a shared event, an experience, maybe an opinion), offering my intelligence to the intelligences of others. teaching what I ignore. learning from it. and, eventually, hopefully, striving for a belief in equality.

there it is, then, the importance of this project: in communication. in every moment when one intelligence is confronted and checked against another intelligence, and one humanity is checked against another. in every moment that says we are equal, which is to say that crimes like those cannot happen again.

present past

“Se habla mucho del pasado, se dice que esto es el pasado. Para mí el pasado es el presente, yo hoy no tengo dónde ir a llevarle flores a mi viejo. Eso es ahora, no es algo que ya pasó.” Camilo Juarez, hijo del desaparecido Enrique Juárez, en una nota del diario Página 12 / “There is a lot of talking about the past, this is said to be the past. For me the past is the present, today I have no place to go to bring flowers to my old man. That is now, it isn’t something that passed.” Camilo Juarez, son of disappeared Enrique Juárez, in an article from newspaper Página 12.

http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/elpais/1-142578-2010-03-24.html