Saturday, 27 November 2010

TS Eliot 13.11.10

Time, Narrative and T.S. Eliot
by Vanda Playford

Vanda Playford decided to take us to two different venues, on the trace of T. S. Eliot. After meeting at the tube station in Kensington, we walked to the church that Eliot was a warden for 12 years of his late life. Vanda has informed us on Eliot and the peculiarities of his life that has taken her interest. After walking in the church we have sat on a corner where Vanda read us through her Shamanic journey she has taken to prepare for today's meeting. her journey was so resonant with strong points on Eliot's practice. Following, we started reading from Eliot's poetry (Four Quartets, mainly). After spending a good amount of time, and arriving at the limits of the patience of the priest, we have left the premises to go and have a drink at Eliot's local pub. There waited another task. Vanda asked us to write a story (in automated writing) on time on the cash machine rolls. After the session of writing, everyone switched their story which were read aloud. We have rolled our stories back and placed in a box to be thrown to the lake in the neighborhood. (For many reasons, neither the information of the lake nor the time will be announced.)

Friday, 5 November 2010

Freud Museum, 30.10.10

at Freud Museum
by Jean Matthee

After walking though the museum and relating to the objects that surrounds us within pauses, Jean invited us to make our own mobius strip. Referring to Lygia Clark's performance of cutting continuously the Mobius strip from the middle, she asked us to think of a limit of ours - a limit that we want to exceed and after a determinate feel about that limit we started cutting our own mobius strips where exceeding was metaphorically and physically in-situ. Following, we were invited one-by-one into Freud's study and play again with an elasticated mobius strip and associate with the patients that have been temporarily residing on the infamous coach. The whole encounter is filmed by Sara, as Jean wanted to position an investigation on thought and image.

Sir John Soane's Museum, 16.10.10

Soane the second and the problem of Now
a series of playful meditations on time and presence

by Ole Hagen

The group meet first in the front room, where O gives the following introduction:
Sir John Soane was a quite successful neoclassical architect and an initiate (1813) in the fraternal organisation of the Masonic Lodge. But despite being a member of an organisation with an idea of a Supreme Being called G.A.O.T.U, the Great Architect of the Universe and constructing and preserving some monumental architecture himself, John Soane was not immune to the problem of entropy and the passage of time. His remains are buried at a tomb he designed for himself and his wife at St.Pancras Old Church graveyard, a site with an ancient pagan history. But that is not the main point here.