Copyright Kurtis Lesick 2019
Points of Contact (2019)

A durational performance and video work exploring the nature of mattering and Being. 

"The moment when the forest and my skin collide is the moment we bring each other into the world." 

Points of Contact documents a performance where the artist clears a pathway through dense scrub on the hillsides outside of Sellasia, Greece using only his body. Over the duration of the piece, Lesick repeatedly throws his body through the density of vegetation, breaking branches, trampling leaves, snapping twigs. The exchange is not one-sided--for all the marks made on the landscape, his body is likewise cut and scarred by the force and agency of the landscape. Throughout the project, the artist is also exhausted by the slope of the hillside and the sheer inertia brought on by the wall of wild growth.

There is an inherent conflict to existence. We at once seek to define a determinate identity that can only exist in relation to others who both affirm and deny us. We desperately want to exist in our own right and we desperately want to disappear into otherness. The question of mattering is thus one of simultaneous creation and dissolution. For Nietzsche it is the balance between the Apollonian and Dionysian, the construction of the determinate and its fragmentation into the indeterminate. When we stray off this fine line of self/other too far into the self the indeterminate reasserts itself in violence.

Points of Contact  thinks through issues of entanglement, co-constitution, mattering, and identity, and the implications of quantum physics on philosophy, as part of Lesick's research into fundamental ontology and theories of Being. Here theory moves into the physical world as a form of praxis exploring, synthesising, and building on the ideas of the likes of Jean Luc Nancy, Karen Barad, Catherine Malabou, and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. The project also opens a dialogue on the intersections of nature and culture, human being and environment, self and other.

The piece openly considers the processes through which things come to matter, marks are made, meanings are necessitated and deployed, and the encounters that define both us and others become archived in physical, mental, and emotional forms and landscapes. Shot by Michael Higgins, Points of Contact combines slow-motion video with intervals of silence and spoken word offering an open exploration of the dialogical processes through which things come to be in the world. 

Produced at the  Koumaria Residency 2019, Sellasia, Greece.
 
Jordan Edge  
Dasha Ilina  
Robert Jedrzejewski  
Tunni Kraus  
Joshua Legallienne  
Kurtis Lesick  
Marili Pizarro  
Georges Salameh  
Nour Sokhon  
Małgorzata Suś  
 
Special thanks to: 
Medeaelectronique 
Vicky Bisbiki  
Kleopatra Korai  
Eric Lewis  
Yannis Lolis  
Manolis Manousakis  
Eve Nakou
Michael Higgins

The 2019 Koumaria residency is organised in partnership with the Onassis Cultural Centre Athens (OCC) in the framework of the INTERFACES project, an international, interdisciplinary project focusing on bringing new music to an extensive range of new audiences. With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Interfaces unites nine diverse partners from the UK, Germany, France, Cyprus, Belgium, Romania, Austria and Greece with main objective to explore innovative ways of introducing audiences to the work of cutting-edge musicians and sound artists and engage new audiences of all ages to the music of our time. 

www.interfacesnetwork.eu

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