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Nothing more than a theatre of fluctuating ideas and echoes of future moments (A New Refutation of Time)


Notes: This text was originally published in: Shifter Magazine 16 special issue on Pluripotential. Edited by Sreshta Rit Premnath & Warren Neidich

Performing a text, Reading a sculpture, Playing some thoughts

ONE

You should start your act now.
I am timing it.
It should last 15 minutes.
No more than that.
We are all busy.
We like things that are fluid and to the point.
15 minutes is enough
If it was enough for Andy Warhol, it has to be enough for you.
It is enough.
Friend, this is enough.
Should you wish to read more.
Go and yourself become the writing, yourself the essence.
(Music playing)…

TWO

Introduction.
This is a book which I have made no plans for
This is a book that is written as it goes
This is a book about thinking
This is a book about making no sense
This is a book about putting things in perspective
This is a book that tells me about what I should be doing next
Is this a book or it is a book that became part of a performance and a sculpture and then became musical notes and then I have to recover it again as the printed page?
DON’T FORGET YOU HAVE JUST 15 MINUTES
(PIANO MUSIC PLAYING)…around 15-20 secs

THREE

I have been warned, this words I am reading now will leave me soon to become music, when I think I have them they will leave me to become
more ethereal, more free, I will try to grasp them and they will not be there anymore
This is happening as I speak, chance is of essence, time is of essence
When I want to recall them they will not be there, remember you have 15 min
(PIANO MUSIC PLAYS) FOR AROUND 60 SECS

FOUR

There is an appointed time (zman) for everything. And there is a time (’êth)
for every event under heaven–
A time (’êth) to give birth, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to
uproot what is planted.
A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to tear down, and a time to build up.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a
time to shun embracing.
A time to search, and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep, and a time to
throw away.
A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together; A time to be silent, and a
time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace.
– Ecclesiastes 3:1–8

DON’T FORGET YOU HAVE JUST 15 MINUTES
(Piano Music Plays) 40-49 secs
Don’t forget you have just 15 minutes

Five

I have been warned, these words I am reading now will leave me soon to become music, when I think I have them they will leave me to become more ethereal, more free, I will try to grasp them and they will not be there anymore

This is happening as I speak, chance is of essence, time is of essence
When I want to recall them they will not be there, remember you have 15 min

SIX

NOTES ON
PUBLIC
SITUATIONS,
PHILOSOPHICAL
MODELS
Keine Macht für
Niemand (No Power for
Nobody), Berlin, 2008
BEAR With BEAR
WITH ME
It was her walking what I
heard, and I heard it like
a silent
Moan,
It was her eyes beating,
that made me stop,
To look, to see more
her circular movement
transformed into a clock
Day after day I came
back
Step after a step run
eternal circles without
weariness or fainting
Time became a cage
Remember 15 minutes is enough

SEVEN

And yet,
and yet . . .
“To deny temporal succession,
to deny the self,
to deny the astronomical universe,
appear to be acts of desperation and are secret consolations.
Our destiny (unlike the hell of Swedenborg and the hell of Tibetan
mythology)
is not terrifying because it is unreal;
it is terrifying because it is irreversible and iron-bound.
Time is the substance of which I am made.
Time is a river that sweeps me along, but I am the river;
it is a tiger that mangles me, but I am the tiger;
it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.
The world, unfortunately, is real; I, unfortunately, I am Borges.”
—JL Borges, A New Refutation of Time

15 mins is all you have

EIGHT

NOMADOLOGY,
NOMADIC
RESISTANCE AS
production of space
“Social space is a social
product – the space
produced in a certain
manner serves as a tool
of thought and action.
of production but also
a means of control, and
hence of domination/
power.” Henri Lefebvre
“The Production of
Space”

NINE

BEAR’S
CONSPIRACY:
Backwards Walk
Last sunday two bears
who live in the Bear
Pit (Bärenzwinger) in
the Koellnische Park
started to walk in
circles and backwards.
After what it seemed an
isolated event, similar
situations have been
reported happening in
other cities of the world.
Sociologists, scientists
and Architects are
trying to decipher this
mysterious behavior
are bears performing a
secret ritual? without any
purpose?

Ten
Dear Andrew.
Dear Andrew.
Dear Andrew.
you are the best! it is so interesting how our communication paths are
always intertwined, and how we are so receptive to each other’s work,
the last time I saw your work this year, I thought, well you have it all,
just the world is waiting for the right moment to embrace you, when that
happens the time will get compressed in one glimpse and all your life will
become an image for you and for the rest of humanity. I always thought
we have to work together, like we can produce together more or different
work, the work that we can’t produce in solitary, it is good what we did
with writing and I would like to continue it, I don’t know how, though.
I am preparing a project that I came up with about multi-level writing,
it is about presenting non-linear narratives incorporated in what it seems
a simple narrative, so it becomes a text full of fragments, ideas that
have been rejected and that they talk about rejected spaces, rejected
buildings, rejected people and where they inhabit, abandoned spaces,
in different parts of the world with different voices, not only in text but
in images, every time I start, it is so much the information I have to
incorporate that i stop for a while because a get a lost in the maze, it is
deeply Borgessian.

Eleven

“The form of the appearance of the will is only the present,
not the past or the future;
the latter do not exist except in the concept and by the linking of the
consciousness,
so far as it follows the principle of reason.
No man has ever lived in the past,
and none will live in the future; the present alone is the form of all life, and is a possession that no misfortune can take away. . . . We might compare time to an infinitely revolving circle: the half that is always sinking would be the past, that which is always rising would be the future; but the indivisible point at the top which the tangent touches, would be the present. Motionless like the tangent, that extensionless present marks the point of contact of the object, whose form is time, with the subject, which has no form because it does not belong to the knowable but is the precondition of all knowledge.”
—JL Borges, A New Refutation of Time

TWELVE

I might reflect on things that I have done in the past looking at them through the present tense
In reality I will not be speaking about the past since I am but expressing what I feel about that past, how I see that past activity in relation to how I would
like to see it, in reality I am talking in a future voice, in the voice of a possible future, I would contemplate just some possibilities among the thousands,
millions of possibilities
I can say I would like to investigate about the process itself, for whatever reason I feel very free writing anything that comes to my mind, text as a
medium to improvise
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” —Marcel Proust
Are thoughts processes the intangible part of objects? Is music the essence of words?
If so, could a thought be played? I propose to focus on this

THIRTEEN

I am calling my sister in New York, today is mother’s day, the 11th of May, amazing weather in Berlin, 25 degrees centigrades, i can feel the global
warming, as anybody can see i am totally obsessed with environmental worries, OH NOW I REMEMBER I HAVE MADE NOTES OF A LIST OF
MANIAS AND THEIR NAMES. I HAVE KEPT THE LIST IN ONE EMAIL I HAVE
SENT TO MYSELF… WHY? I CAN NEVER FIND ANYTHING WHEN I NEED IT, IT TAKES ME A WHILE, I WILL GO TO LOOK FOR IT…
BE RIGHT BACK
GONE FISHING…!~

FOURTEEN

Some time later:
Phobias (from Wikipedia)
The following is a collection of Phobia words, words that end in – phobia, from the Greek for fear or hatred. A phobia is an excessive,
unreasonable or irrational fear of an object, place or situation. Phobias are extremely common, and anyone, no matter how well adjusted they
are, can fall prey to them. Sometimes they start in childhood for no apparent reason; sometimes they emerge after a traumatic event; and sometimes they develop from an attempt to make sense of an unexpected and intense anxiety or panic. Alarmingly, for just about every object or
situation imaginable there seems to be an associated phobia; though fortunately, in most circumstances they are easily cured.

However, the object of this page is reference and entertainment, not medical. Neither is it in any way meant to poke fun at or ridicule those
unfortunate enough to suffer such a problem. The following (long) list is merely intended to catalogue the often weird and wonderful names given
to phobias and their attendant (sometimes surprising) fears.

(To see the opposite of phobias, go to manias.)
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
~ A ~
Abibliophobia.    Fear of running out of reading material.
Achluophobia.    Fear of darkness.
Acousticophobia.    Fear of noise or sound.
Agoraphobia. Fear of open places.
Agyiophobia. Fear of streets or of crossing the street.
Algophobia.    Fear of pain.
Algrophobia.    Fear of opinions or beliefs
Allodoxaphobia.    Fear of criticism.
Alophobia. Fear of speech.
Amathophobia.    Fear of dust.
Ambulophobia.    Fear of walking.
Amnesiphobia.    Fear of amnesia.
Anthropophobia. Fear of people
Apeirophobia. Fear of infinity
Chromophobia. Fear of colours
Chronomentrophobia. Fear of clocks
Chronophobia. Fear of time
Hypophobia Absence of fear, IT SHOULD NOT BE IN THE LIST?

FIFTEEN

Dromomaniac, the irresistible impulse to leave, This is not in the list because is not a phobia , but I am definitely a dromomaniac
HERE IS A LIST OF MANIAS ( From Wikipedia)

Manias
The following is a collection of mania words, words formed by root words from Latin or Greek with the added suffix -mania. A mania is: (1) A specific
mental disorder or obsessive preoccupation with something; a madness, frenzy; obsession, fascination, or an abnormal desire for or with something
or someone, or (2) Excessive enthusiasm or fondness for something that could be related to a variety of psychiatric disorders; such as frenzy, hysteria and delirium. In other words, an abnormal attraction or obsession.

Note that this, as with phobias, is simply a catalogue of intriguing words, not a medical reference.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
chronomania. Obsession with time
dromomania. Uncontrollable impulse to wander or travel
verbomania. Excessive fondness for words
chronomania. Obsession with time
dromomania. Uncontrollable impulse to wander or travel
verbomania. Excessive fondness for words
chronomania. Obsession with time
dromomania. Uncontrollable impulse to wander or travel
verbomania. Excessive fondness for words
(PIANO MUSIC PLAYS)… 30 SECS
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