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Points of Contact (2019)

Durational performance and video essay 


"…everything hangs on grasping and expressing the true not just as substance but just as much as subject."

        -Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: The Phenomenology of Spirit

Originally performed in 2019 at the Koumaria Residency in Sellasia, Greece, “Points of Contact" distills 45 minutes of running up and down through a densely forested hillside until a clear and accessible pathway was established. The work is meant to perform the co-constituting relations that generate materiality: how this union of contact simultaneously comprises and undermines the limits of my body and the bodily limits of the forest. The only incontestable marks are the third measure produced in the rupture—or rapture—of the first two bodies: the pathway through the forest and the scarring on my flesh. The video, shot by Michael Higgins, is accompanied by a poetic text which thinks through the implication of the experience at the time.

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.

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: 
Vicky Bisbiki  
Michael Higgins
Kleopatra Korai  
Eric Lewis  
Yannis Lolis  
Manolis Manousakis  
Eve Nakou

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.
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