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.

3. The selected person proceeded to hide the texts around the chapel.

4. The whole group then was asked to follow Fatos. She proceeded to walk around the temple using her pendulum to locate hidden texts.

 5. What the audience did not know, was that the two performers had already hidden texts of their own choice (on the same kind of paper and folded the same way). Per and Fatos then took turn reading beautiful texts describing places for contemplation. The texts included "Cities and the Sky 5" from Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities," the end of Stanislaw Lem's "Solaris" and a passage about Japanese sweets from Jun’ichirō Tanizaki's "In Praise of Shadows."

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