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see.what.you.want.always

By spotogspindel | May 13, 2016

This is part of a school-assigment in my Masters-degree. We are working with Creative Learning-processes, and part of this is actually working together in a group making a philosphy-based performance.

We decided early on to work with Arne Næss and Deep ecology. We asked ourselves, if we know about all the dangers, the state of the world, the climate change, all the pollution, and so on… why don´t we do anything about it? Why do we not want to know, not want to take action, not want to see… Why do we only want to continue living in our own little world, of taking responsibility for our very own future?

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Our performance doesn´t give the answers, but hopefully it will give food-for-tought when all three of us, spend 12 minutes basically just wallowing in/celebrating/exploring/cultivating/focusing on our own navels. Deeply concentrating on our own “centre of the universe”. Weird? Yes.

Along with our self-sentration, we´ll be showing a film of 10 of the world´s worst man-made disasters. It´s a 3-minute-thing, and it goes in a loop. We´re trying to block out the film, by taping print-outs of photos of our navels over the screen. But of course the film just keeps on showing on top of the navel-prints. So when reality comes sneaking in uninvited, what do you do? Put on your navel-focus-dress and your navel-monocular!

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I made the dress in white jersey polyester/rayon, based on a very simple pattern. More or less one long tube with two smaller tubes attached to it. And a cut hole in the middle, for navel-viewing…

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To make it easier to see, I also made this three-of-a-kind navel-monocular (one for each of us). Made from a plastic tube, similar to the ones you use for kitchen ventilators. Simply attaching an elastic band around the head and another with velcro in the back to fit around the waist, and you´re good to go on self-exploration!

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A picture from one of the other performances. Two lambs, black tape on the floor, a guitarist, playing the sheep-droppings as they landed on the tape, like if they were musical notes. The essence here is that when you remove nature from itself, you might end up with a lot of crap. Fortunately artists can turn even crap into art. It sounds a bit bizarre when I try to formulate it in words, but it was actually very cool, performed with a crazy-talented guitarist.

The third group did a piece on the refugees from Syria, trying to show them as individuals, not just part of a statistics. Pretty much the opposite of what we did in our piece. By the beginning of June we´ll need to make one big performance of all three of them, to show in Galleri Giga, the local art gallery. I´m looking forward to a very interesting process!

Topics: Costumedesign, teaching | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “see.what.you.want.always”

  1. Birgitte Says:
    May 13th, 2016 at 20:50

    The performances all sound really cool! I might have to do a daytrip down to Stord! 🙂

  2. spotogspindel Says:
    May 13th, 2016 at 21:16

    Yes, do that! It´s be great to see you again! 🙂

  3. lulu moonwood murakami Says:
    May 13th, 2016 at 22:21

    Janne, I am so intrigued by the performances you describe here. Kudos to you for doing a Masters program! I’ve been dreaming about doing one here…

  4. gail Says:
    May 14th, 2016 at 01:12

    You are all so creative. What a wonderful way to make people smile while making them think. 🙂

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