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A bigger scale of touch 3

Emma Örn [se] + Paolo Zuccotti [it], 300 minutes

We invite people to listen to a space from inside and to collect sounds from the room itself. They are offered to use headphones and microphones in order to amplify and sharpen their perception. We record the sounds chosen and we use them in a musical composition presented as a concert by the end of the performance.



Research text connected with A bigger scale of touch 3:

We find many connections with Merleau-Ponty's work, especially his "Phenomenology of Perception". Below is a mix of quotations and subjective interpretation of his thoughts, in combination with a few other thinkers.

Is it possible to separate perception from understanding? Can I share my impressions before they are processed? In other words, can my experience and that of another person be linked in a single system of intersubjective experience? What kind of system would that be? Or what kind of synthesis? Can the first moment of a sensory experience - like the touch of a finger on your arm before you wonder why someone pokes you - be embodied by an experience of sound?
Every synthesis is both eroded and rebuilt by time, which both calls it into question and confirms it, because it produces a new present which retains the past. Can a sound composition be the map, the living metaphor which presents a new present while at the same time retaining past experiences (of both the listeners and the building itself)?
What kind of space do we create with our sound-"communion"? A communion which does not present itself primarily as an event in the world to which the category of causality can be applied, but as a re-constitution of the world at every moment. A re-composition of the building concerted as a non-visual, topological mapping of sound experiences.
Deleuze & Guattari describes perception in a very broad sense as connection - interaction - encounter with the plane/level of life. It's going on everywhere - even on molecular level. Perception creates subject and object by interaction between beings and/or things.
The french philosopher Georges Bataille writes: Along with our tormenting desire that this evanescent thing [life] should last, there stands our obsession with a primal continuity linking us with everything that is.

Photos: monika sobczak