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IRINA BALDINI

Stichting Gôh

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April 2018 Stichting Gôh Overtoom 301, 1054HW Amsterdam NL 6


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- INTRODUCTION - SELF INTERVIEW - DAILY ENTRIES - ON CHANGE - UN - PERFORMANCE: What it is, is not it - THINGS NOT TO SAY: A MOVER'S DIARY - PERFORMANCE: Content not-yet - THOUGHTS ON PERFORMANCE - UN-ROLED BODY, ONE RULE BODY - PERFORMANCE: n.5 of 18 versions of thoughtlessness - DAILY ENTRIES #2 - YES & NOS - FREEDOM IN THE EVERYDAY - NOTES & NO-THINGS

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INTRODUCTION

LOW CONTENT deals with aspects of Change. It started as a collection of refections in relation to movement practice and bodily expressivity through personal understanding , and evolved together with a number of artists who contributed to the book directly or indirectly. The concept of Change is addressed in various ways through its relationship to freedom, society and stability, identity and consciousness. Dealing with Change as a state of mind in which any choice is possible and is a chance for “new” is a practice, and it afects the way one is interested in life. LOW CONTENT looks at how Change can be addressed from diferent perspectives. It explores the theme theoretically and through performance, looking at how Change is focal to human beings in our contemporary society. Written discontinuously over a period of years, LOW CONTENT was conceived and developed by Irina Baldini during artist residencies in US, Netherlands, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Germany. LOW CONTENT wants to become a place to fnd relationships to one's own visions about the constant fow of possibilities for taking new directions and changing what one has or what one sees. LOW CONTENT includes performances and installations which can be read about, imagined, remembered in parts or as a whole. Through this publication, diferent approaches to keeping an interest (in living and in doing), to discovering and to communicating are presented. "Condensation comes out of the nature of experience itself. Every experience has many factors “packed” into it. Every experience shows condensation. Every experience we have is packed full of meaning and feeling and thoughts and associations. Often there are multiple meanings and multiple feelings and so on. In a new environment, with new objects we have new experiences, and it is here we can see, by comparison, just how packed our usual experiences are. It is only by refective analysis that individual parts of experiences can be “dissected” out and examined individually." (from Hersh Thomas, R., Law of Condensation) Many of the writings are self-referential, which can be approached with criticism or sympathy from experiences or interests that are similar to the ones proposed in the texts. It does not want to be a lecture on any of the specifed subjects, but parts of the whole can be taken as reference points for further exploration or relation to other theoretical or practical matters. This composition will sound at times arbitrary, at others vague. In the same way, or diferent, that I 11


have been inspired to provoke in myself doubts about the necessity of statements, or their reliability, I hope to provoke and leave something with the reader. All statements are absolute but never defnitive. LOW CONTENT was created from a need to deal with tangibility, whilst being interested in a practice that is feeting and leaves no trace, that is, other than in the documentation of the practice, which will never be the practice itself nor the experience of the performer or the viewer. Despite the material nature of the product, the theoretical aspects of the book are not provable, do not derive from scientifc research, and therefore remain un-defned and form-less as much as does dance. The choice of mediums in which the book presents itself is an excuse not to use dance to illustrate, avoiding useless translations into languages that change or step farther away from a focal point. I have dealt with the book as if it were a choreography, but it is not. At the same time .. This is not a book it is not targeted it is not a work of art it is not a research it is not a project it is not developing it is not an activity it is not participatory it does not have a frame it is not mine .. but it can be all of these.

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A mover inspired by change, by circumstances, by a fght against coherency. I should not know what I am doing, and feel most nourished by not fnding out, by fghting against the natural will to understand. Not keen on defning, but discovering. Discovery is undefned. I move by feeling, yet require a reason which may be given by a physical need or an intellectual problem that seeks solving. Movement provides an intangible solution to both kinds of problems. Body responds to questions. I like solutions, not answers. Solutions are open. I am interested in opening, beginning, fnding solutions to un-asked questions, de-defning problems, making more options, not narrowing anything down to fewer possibilities. I am not interested in method, but method is necessary even for a one-time experience. I am interested in one-time experiences with one-time methods. Disposable formulas. No settling with one technique, but making the inconsistency the technique to experience each occasion uniquely. Is method necessary? Is knowing necessary? Is formula necessary? These the questions, that move my practice forwards and this frustration, the impossibility of escaping formula, are those which lead me to continue looking for 'other', 'unstable', 'restless'. It is not for training, for learning to do anything better, rather it is a mission to keep the waters moving, not to settle, just for the sake of not settling. I have a mission and it is not for my life but for the waters and the winds never to stop. It is for LIFE. It is so simple, yet so indescribable. It is the fow of life, non stop need for motion. I want to confront and share visions on what is not, what is not yet, which will inevitably be, and I want to delay it.

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LOW CONTENT deals with aspects of Change. It started as a collection of reflections in relation to movement practice and bodily expressivity...

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LOW CONTENT deals with aspects of Change. It started as a collection of reflections in relation to movement practice and bodily expressivity...

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