When people come together, what is it that comes together?
Monads falling from different trajectories / bodies coming from closer or further places / souls with older or more recent histories / or discourses / spirits / accidents / essences / or no-thing / ?
And when people are together, what is it that makes this togetherness? And what does this togetherness make?
Performances / presentations / adaptation / appropriation / roles / plots / wants and desires / political claims / or every-thing / ?
I propose a collective performative exercise to reflect on the multiplicities and the singularities that are hidden behind togetherness. Not to think of the different parts that make up a community; but to think of the selective effects (or, choices) that the act of coming together with others imposes on individuals.
Every participant will be invited to reflect on their own way of presenting themselves on new encounters: which bits of our personal histories do we share? Which narratives do we tell? In other words, how do we perform our identity?
These questions will be instrumental to answer the real question: how does this continuous but intermittent performance impact on processes of identity formation?
And thus, is there any dominant discourse of our own past? How do these come to be modulated when intersecting with others? How do the stories we tell impact on our knowing ourselves, on our knowledge of ourselves? Which self? What does it mean to be true to oneself?
And lastly, what is the value of the narratives we tell, if we are not there?
In the space there will be mirrors, cables, envelops and papers. Participants will be asked to share (in writing or verbally) some narratives of their identity. They will receive a detailed instruction manual upon arrival.
Some photos of the events and some of the stories shared may appear on the publication.
Materials and equipment: Mirrors, cables, envelops, papers.
Flavia is a MA Fine Art student at Central Saint Martins.