Hiding from the thunder, video and sound
Just Be As Though You Were Not There At All – how to perform or not to perform yourself at home, in the forest or while crossing the lobby of Väre building at Aalto University
preface / abstractish
This thesis studies the space as a performance. I consider three different spaces as places that can be observed as constructed performances and explore my own relation to them as a person performing in/with them. The places are Väre building lobby in Aalto university Otaniemi, Letonniemi nature reserve in Oulu and my back yard, also in Oulu Finland. My work will consist mostly of video/sound pieces and performances implemented in these spaces.
Objective is to explore what kind of representations evoke while being and performing in them and analyse these representations by phenomenological aesthetics, sociological and psychological theories of self-representation such as Ervin Goffman’s writings, Baudrillard’s simulation theory and existential semiotics. I also reflect the outcomes of my work in relation to the examples and writings of site-specific art,(rituality) and different modes and ideas about performativity in art.
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Approaches, intentions, and expectations
simulating the space
counter acting, being the audience “spectactor”
creating the space by performing
the ritual of the space
researching the space by performing
Performing in three different spaces
Creating reality !?
Performing the self and with yourself - attributes and identity of an individual as an artistic medium
Performativity of a Body as a material
Representation - setting and semiotics
the ritual - performing the space and with the space
Performing the experience of the space
Presence of the body as a signifier
Interaction and the power
Space-Body-Ritual : Performativity in the City
....relationship between space, body, and ritual. The space, both public and private, is not seen as something exterior to the body, but becomes an integral part of the performing body.
"The sensory space is the perceived space. Mental space, or the space imagined, is conceived space. These two moments of space are reconciled by living space through the body and that is when the embedded social dimensions are rendered visible."
Gofmann - participant / observer
When the flow of activity occurs repeatedly or ritulaistically, the space starts to become delineated or defined and can be termed as a space of practice... The space begins to be identified by that activity. It aquires a quality firstly due to its physical elements, secondly through the ritualized actions occuring in it, and thirdly, through the way the active body responds to it.