new project

French philosopher Henry Bergson’s study of time is very influential for the development of media art, and substantial in terms of concepts and studies for art works of different medias.

Henri Bergson’s The Creative Mind: An Introduction to Metaphysics (1946) is a collection of essays and lectures concerning the nature of intuition, explaining how intuition can be used as a philosophical method. Intuition is described as a method of ‘thinking in duration’, which reflects the continuous flow of reality. Bergson distinguishes between intuitive and conceptual thinking, explaining how intuition and intellect may be combined to produce a dynamic knowledge of reality. Relating to my practice, I am interested in the relation between live and mediatized symbolically and how to use different medias to reveal different realities; In several works with video there is the video as a representation of the unconscious or “memory” and live actors as the conscious and present moment, and following Bergson’s studies of intuition and perception of time I have started to relate his studies to my performance proposal.

Bergson distinguishes between two forms of time: pure time and mathematical time. Pure time is real duration. Mathematical time is measurable duration. Real time is continuous and indivisible. Mathematical time is divisible into units or intervals, which do not reflect the flow of real time. My intention for my practice is to explore the use of real time and mathematical time (video recorded) related to the mutual dependence of live and mediatized performances, also related to the development of cinematic staging and editing in 1910’s.

My first response and first idea for the performance is a live action happening inside a flat but projected live wall across it, with a 66 second delay. The idea of the delay is because when first “live” TV started, it was filmed on a kinescope and transmitted to the TV’s, a ‘television image was recorded on motion picture film then processed and projected immediately, but the delay from reception to projection was 66 seconds.

‘it was thought to make the home into a kind of theatre characterized, paradoxically, by both absolute intimacy and global reach’ Spigel 1992

The intention is to work on Bergson’s idea of reality and time to question what’s real, live and possible, if the intellect and intuition provide two different kinds of knowledge, which can be integrated to produce a unified knowledge of reality, one knowledge would be represented by a live “real action” inside a flat and projected outside in the “real” environment of the street, but where the viewer will see the actions as “recorded”. It will be a unified knowledge if reality, one as intellect and other as intuition, as the viewer will have to believe and trust that the action is happening live, once he is only seeing it projected.


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