Last Wednesday I saw the Wooster Group's new piece La Didone - a Kitch Sci-fi / Classical Opera mash-up in true Wooster style. And tonight I went to the PERFORMA-PECHA-KUCHY (or whatever the thing is called) night, which for those not yet acquainted with this movement - it is Chatauqua for the modern attention deficit ages - 12 lectures, 6mins each, 20 slides each - with alcohol and "social networking" added into the mix.
Something LeCompte said once in a published conversation with Foreman (in Rabkin I believe) - something about always wanting more than one thing to look at as a salve for fending off boredom - or at least that was how I remembered her statement. And Foreman's response was something similar, except for him the interruption subverts the interpretants ability to complete or fix or determine the meaning of the event that was interrupted. Again my interpretation/memory of his statement.
The collision of two events, or 12 events, or many many events as a way of keeping death (metaphorical) at bay. Keep the meaning in continuous flux, keep the actions constantly flowing, skipping, slipping. Which makes me think of Camille de Toledo's Coming Of Age At the End of History - which is a silly little book I found on a shelf at St Marks. I have no idea what kind of judgment to pass on it, beyond it being a nice little primer on the trajectory of philosophy and culture for the generation that experienced its formative youth between 1989 and 2001. About 3/4s of the way into the book Camille arrives finally at Hakim Bey's TAZ (temporary autonomous zone). And for some reason, I have always kind of felt like maybe the strategy of distraction/ event excess, is also a strategy of creating the possibility to experience/constitute a TAZ at the level of perception. Or as Foreman says in his description of ASTRONOME to create an ambiguity, in which the interpretant/interpreter can experience freedom?
I love art/events that suffer from attention deficit for precisely this reason - it stays alive, it breathes ambiguity, and it lets me be free to take up the responsibility of interpretation.
The one caveat - it has got to be RIGOROUS, thick, rich, and provocative.
Peachy Coochy - do you think they are aware of the potential double vaginal connotations of the title of their event? Especially for those of us who being mildly dyslexic on top of mildly ADD have a very difficult time remembering the order of letters when they hold no anchor-able/already familiar meaning and can't keep our minds from wandering through the chaotic cloud of significance to places perhaps unintended.
Are stem cells temporary autonomous zones?