Directing Water to a Dew Point
Still from the video Scaling the stones, Duration 10 minutes, 2021
Directing water into a dew point – incremental repetition is a long duration performance and an installation . Films, text, drawings merge with live-action to turn the space at Toynbee Studios into a cave where spells are broken. The performance is divided into 30 minute slots. Six members of the audience were invited during each slot to experience/ participate in an intimate space together with the artist in order to create a collective imagining and thought making process. The visitors are encouraged to bring a stone or a pebble of any size they may feel fit to carry during their visit. Stone acts as a metaphor for a painful burden. There is no real scale to measure pain. Pain is immeasurable in all its forms. The pain of loss is the worst – loss of active body, loss of freedom, identity, and self. And yet we must scale it, lift it, lower it, lighten it. Deriving from a point of widespread despair, mental illness, disconnectedness and spiritual loss the artist will create a space for collective mourning and re-imagining of a stronger moral strength. This piece is an exercise to touch on a very individual sense of joy snatched out from loss. It enables the conditions for conceiving visions of our present and future collectively.