I am reading
Vilém Flusser Vampyroteuthis infernalis: His Art1
The pernicious rise of Poptimism
THE NEW YORK TIMES DOESN'T KNOW SHIT ABOUT "POPTIMISM"
SPANGBERGIANISM Nice Girlfriend Choreography
Normcore: the report that started it all…
Dissolving the notion we have answers
-Creating something in the here and now
-Something that is porous and fluid
-Something unconcerned with an outcome
-Something that is turning its back on the future.
-I am putting the means before the ends.
-NO to“end gaining” (one of my favorites from Alexander technique.)
'The more obstinately you try to learn how to shoot the arrow for the sake of hitting the goal, the less you will succeed.' Eugen Herrigal ~ Zen in the Art of Archery
I am trying to undermine what I see as fixed, binary and rigid in relation to my body and making choreography.
I am not sure how to measure something I don’t understand nor experience something I am unfamiliar with.
The way I measure my progress is something I have learned.
Rejecting purity and perfection
-I am trying to reorganize my brain/body.
-Everything is a contradiction
-I am repurposing objects
-I am embracing my physicality
-Embracing what feels innate and biological
-I am allowing imprints to surface
-I acknowledge how people, memories and experiences have colonized my body rather than tricking myself into thinking I am discovering something new, I am accepting what’s unfolding as it happens.
I read there are two basic categories of memory, implicit and explicit. Explicit is conscious memory requiring language, concepts, facts and thoughts. Implicit memory is unconscious, created from emotions, sensations, movements and automatic procedures. “Body memory” or “somatic memory” is intercommunication between the brain and the body’s nervous systems: automatic, sensory and somatic. Our brain stores these patterns forever.
As humans, we often entrust our memory to objects, carving them into stone, writing them into books to create some kind of permanence. We have left a trace so thorough that any alien could descend on earth, wipe us out and then recreate an approximate but reasonably accurate version of human civilization.
Philosopher Vilem Flusser speaks about the Vampire Squid from Hell “Vampyroteuthis Infernalis.In this book – part post human philosophical text, part sendup, part scientific essay, he writes about the Vampire Squid in relation to human beings with a science fiction spin. The Vampire Squid from hell stores memories and information in its cellular makeup. Flusser uses the squid as an example of a post-Fordist thinking model. He speaks of the “Artist” in a traditional sense (the painter, the sculpture etc) as a fool for assigning their memories to objects. The vampire squid on the other hand “rapes the minds” of its victims, which are also its lovers. Info goes from cell to cell without a conduit. This transmission of information is not dissimilar to the mysterious and slippery ambiguity of dance.
Australian choreographer, peer and collaborator Jo Lloyd speaks about “white bread,” the dance that happens in between the good stuff, the stuff we tend to cut out. Maybe this “boring” dance is necessary, what if it was the good stuff?
A slightly different idea but perhaps relevant, Swedish choreographer Marten Spangberg speaks of “Nice Girlfriend choreography” as choreography that fits like a hand in glove, easy to digest, a perfect match. Both choreographers use these analogies as negatives – something to run away from screaming. But maybe there is something more to look at here. Maybe it’s through these predictable and banal dances we can undo what we know.
-I think about becoming “Normcore,”
-I think about becoming “Poptimistic.”
-I think about being in the margin, not an outlier.
-I think about being a dance spy
-Warming up for the dance is part of the dance
-Do anything you want
-Don’t try to be creative
-Don’t try to be meaningful
-Dance to the music, dance against the music
-Get lost in it, don’t think to hard, go there
-Pleasure seeking is allowed/ encouraged
-Don’t over analyse
-Take up space
-Dance like no one is watching
I discovered you can do green screen effects on IPhoto. So easy, like wow! Magic.
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