Lecture-perfomance held in Berlin.
Good evening. Tonight I would like to introduce you to several friends of mine. Each one of them is a unified individual but it is also composed by a finite number of discrete particles. Each one of such particles – once it appears – is already a sufficient presentation of the individual in which it takes part.
According to greek philosopher Heraclitus the world is fire kindling itself by regular measures and going out by regular measures. In the same way the particles my friends are made of are kindling themselves by regular measures and going out by regular measures.
By switching on and off they determine the presence of such friends that can or cannot be here with us.
It seems that beside having the power of summoning such friends here tonight – I can in fact determine wether and which one of them could be present here with us, starting from when and for how long – I also have the power to affect a very limited number of such regular measures they relate to and I will enjoy doing so in the next half hour or so.
To a certain degree I’d like to share such power with you tonight in the sense that I’d like to check back with you from time to time seeing if you are in any way pleased by my decisions or otherwise if you have any suggestion in making better arrangements but before opening up to this possibility I’d like to briefly familiarize you with such few changeable quantities.
As you can see S is enacted by a certain number of particles and in fact all of them seem to clearly belong to the same individual something. I know that this fields of possibilities looks and feels pretty limited and narrow: to make things a little – but just a little – less claustrophobic I can tell you that the same individual may exist in more than one instance.
So for example here is SE —
And here is SE in a different instance of herself —
Instances are somehow difficult to understand as multiple manifestation of a single individual wich are somehow separated closed universes. Different instances of one individual – one of my friends, or I should say our friends at this point – can be presented to us at the same time but they never really blend into each others as systems, or at least I have no power to push things that direction.
As said, for some individual friends we have access to just one instance while for others there’s more than one avaiable.
Luckyliy the number of friends and their instances are in constant flow, with changes seeming to be for the better and with nice new friends gradually joining the beloved old ones.
As you already noticed one of the most conspicouous of such measures or quantities I can alter is tempo. Which is to say the frequency of appearance of single particles one afte the other. Regretfully such tempo is always regular, unlike the jagged profiles and irregularities of each single particle and we can only speed it up or slow it down which is in fact not much – boredom or exctitement may make such a faculty way less valuable and the result just a matter of proportions – but it’s still something to toy with.
Another one of such measures which are regulable is intensity (or volume) which i guess could be explained by making the presence of our friends feeling closer or farther from us althugh this feeling may vary also according to our emotional attachment or familairity to them independently from whatever adjustmentis being made.
Similarly to intensity, frontality can also be adjusted. Frontality is not a matter of distance but a matter of being ahead or behind, in front of something or in the back of it and, for that matter, we may also imagine our friends having a front and a back side, one that is facing us and another one that is more hidden to us, or more correctly we may imagine them having a front side that can be either facing us or the other direction and a back side wich is bound to have the opposite attitude towards us than his antipodal twin.
As I said before each idividual exist via a finite set or particles and some individuals have more instances – that is: more sets of particles – at their disposal. Different instances can be deployed at the same time with differently regulated measures and even duplicated although they may never be merged.
What is somehow peculiar is that every set of particles seems to have a specific order or a progression associated to it. This ordinate progression can be followed or not, in which case particles jump around cahotically within a choosen tendency mask.
Therefore we have a choice between shuffle and sequence and also, since I am already at it, we have a choice in adjusting our tendency mask namely, we can decide how many of the particles within an instance of an individual can be invited within a situation. That is we can adjust the range of particles available, for example, if we have a set of 30 particles we can decide to invite only the first five or a smaller set of four starting from the 15th particle etc.
To repeat: we have five quantities or measures that can be regulated which are tempo, intensity, frontality, sequentiality and range. Tempo regulates the speed at wich particles come to us. Intensity regulates how closely we may perceive them, frontality regulates whether they point at us or the other way and sequentiality gives us the choice to make particles appear in a chronological order that is proper to them or to ignore that order. Lastly, range, allow us to choose how many particles we are willing to summon for each individual.
That’s pretty much it, as you see, not much at all. Our friends here have many more qualities and measures which may be altered in a way or another but unfortunately I do not have such a power and therefore you don’t have it either. I invite you to consider and savour such qualities and measures without mentioning them in our discussion tonight, since there’s nothing we can do about them, we will also not talk about them at all.
So, here’s more of my friends i am eager to introduce. I take great pleasure in observing the possible constellations in wich they can exist. So far there’s just them and I wonder if they can perceive us at all althouhg I am tempted to answer yes to this question and to marvel at the asymmetrical ways their world and our world are just two different regions of the same universe. I am positive in regard to the nature of our friendhip and I observe with curiosity the shape that is taken by other friendships that are formed among them knowing that in a somehow limited way I have a part in the way those friendships unfolf and that I – along with you – have a place in that community.
Here is a series of loosely arrangements of measures I thoughts about and that I hope you may like as well.
Please feel free to stand up from yur chairs and talk to me at any time.
Let’s build up such arrangements together…
There’s someting else I’d like to introduce before we run out of time:
We cannot say that friends of such kind die. They may or maynot but the fact that they are not anymore present here with us does not mean that they are necessarily dead. They probably never die. Kindling themselves by regular measures and going out by regular measures they may just be taking a leave, being absent for a while.
What we can observe is that the situations that have been created here, those concrections of different instances of individuals wich I previously called arrangements may decay and rot, coming to resemble more to a field of ruins rather than a cheerful party of friends.
To contemplate this possibility I artifcially and arbitrarily slowed down several of such situations transforming friends in landscapes and suggesting or illustrating the possibility of temporarily transforming situations into frozen memories.
Like whales in the distance swimming apart from each other.
Like the ramifications of humidity up on the wall of a cave.
These slowed down trompe l’oreilles, are object of a somehow different class, the beginning of another story or another piece but function here as a scenery, a backdrop against wich I place my friendships frozen into a mechanical reduction for fear of them eventually fading away.
© Alessandro Bosetti, 2016.