Saturday, April 21, 2012

Time Machine at La Meridienne, the Observatory, Besançon, April 19, 2012

For the performance at the Observatory in Besançon groups of 12 people were guided on a journey from the present to the 19th century via a set of different trips that provoked reflection on time and temporality.

1. The journey started at the contemporary part of the observatory. Here the audience met the institute’s director François Vernotte who introduced the atomic clocks that allow them to measure time in the most precise way currently available.

2. The audience then moved into the garden where Per briefly introduced the project. After that we together walked to the ancient director’s villa, which is a beautiful 19th century building that has been disused for a long time. The was informed that the would embark on a journey to the 19th century. At that time, like today, Besançon was world-leading in time measuring. But at that time it was the stars that allowed them to measure time with the greatest of exactitude. In order to use the old time keeping machine it was very important to be able to count the passing seconds with great exactitude.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Her Sad Pardone - Miramar, Porto

Her Sad Pardone was performed by Per Hüttner and Fatos Üstek at Senhor da Pedra , chapel of the lord of stone at Miramar outside of Porto April 8, 2012.

1. The two performers met the audience in front of the chapel on the beach. The audience was given a short introduction about contemplation by Per who also asked them: what does it mean to contemplate the horizon, the size of the ocean and what is the difference between thinking and contemplating?

2. The two performers gave each member of the audience a piece of paper and a pen and asked them to describe the ideal space for contemplation by writing it on the piece of paper. What it looks like, what it smells like, what you can hear in it and what it contains. When they were finished they were asked to fold the paper in a special way and then give it to a selected member of the audience.