1rst Experiment – Present Moment & Memory

 

vlcsnap-2016-02-19-18h30m25s59 Photograph from the performance

I was always been interested in the function of memory, especially since it appears in my life in unexpected ways. How is it possible to do things that I did not plan? For example, is it possible that I go to the place where I am working, when I am supposed to be going to a friend of mine?

In the first experiment, the Present Moment & Memory Experiment, as I call it, that took place at the University of Nicosia (2013), I attempted to approach the concept of being in the condition of right now – i.e. “present tense”and observed how memory affected this process.

The experiment, started with the two performers facing each other in a standing position. They had few minutes without doing anything, just looking at each other. When they felt engaged in the process, a verbal dialogue started between them while they were moving free in the space. The whole process had specific rules and was based on improvisation. During the whole process, I was following the performers, reminding them the rules of the experiment. The two performers could decide when to end the experiment.

Through this process, a number of personal aspects appeared that gradually generated an atmosphere full of vigil that resulted in the fulfillment of the goal, which was to remain in the present tense.

 

Credits

Idea: Anthi Pafiou

Performers: Nana Georgiou, Styliana Charalambous

Guide: Anthi Pafiou

By Anthi Pafiou