Honi Ryan and Abi Tariq
Notes on not-knowing.
participative performance - a telepathic encounter
31a Bienal De Arte De São Paulo, Brazil.
Pavilion foyer, 6-7:30pm October 11th, 2014.
Perpendicular Bienal performance #3
Two artists sit opposite each other, lock in eye contact and form an unspoken connection. Periodically, when a thought solidifies in their minds, they write it down and turn it upside down, stacking the notes to create an unknown sequence of thoughts. Every 15 minutes they lay the note cards out to reveal the sequence, a sometimes fragmented and often uncannily synchronised conversation.
Pens and small note cards are placed in the space offering others to engage in the same kind of encounter. Many pairs partook in the action, and revealed the connection we can have with strangers when we consciously choose to engage, even in silence. One participant noted that we look beyond the eyes to see the person, and in that we see ourselves.
Notes written between two strangers:
Profound Fragility enters
THROUGH THE COLOR BEYOND YOUR EYES
moving in moving out
LOOK INTO BOTH MY SOULS
none are you
CARRYING ANOTHER LIFE
RIGHT ON THE BACK. RIGHT ON THE BACK. RIGHT ON THE BACK.
to flush and flitter
YES! I’VE JUST LET IT SINK DOWN
A calm & practiced energy
REALLY. TOO MANY FUNNY MINDS.
Back to the beginning. When’s it gunna stop?
THAT’S A SHADOW THAT I CANNOT DESCRIBE