Between Tropics and Affects

Performative reading


Performed by
Ana Nuñez Rodríguez
Natalia Pérez
Jorge Moya
Paulina Escobar
Sebastian Sandoval
Sarah Grünewald
Orlando Helfer Rabaça
Jens Tiemann
Dawoon Park
Juan Pablo Gaviria Bedoya

As part of the activation of the amplification devices that I have been elaborating, this action proposes a performative event of long distance reading, where texts written by people from my native country, who have been working on sensitive research, share their thoughts and reflections on affects, change and distance through amplification devices, which subject to foreign bodies, activate and amplify the experience of verbality from the body, physical and emotional, as a subject of reflection.

    Feeling generates movement - 
    movement affects - 
    affection makes you feel.
    Poster of the performance presentation at Medienhaus UdK Berlin
    Screenshot of the live broadcast of the performance at the UdK in Berlin

    (description of the intervention in the colloquium):

    Between tropics and affections:
    Body and movement as tools to define time as a space of possibilities.

    The rigid texture of the ocean at twelve thousand meters above sea level made me think about the possibility of a change in the states of matter. This text, read from a distance, aims to speculate on this triggering situation, interpreting the experience of change through the displacement of the body. Moving away or approaching composes and decomposes matter, solidifying or fusing its structures. This is the consequence of a speculative exercise in which the experience of time abandons its hegemonic cyclical and hemispheric conception, to be seen, for an instant, through a tropical lens.

    Time, hegemonic, was conceived within a periodic environment of seasons to the rhythm of an angular rotation of the planet. Distant from this experience, time, peripheral, is constant outside of a single direction. In the center, hegemonic, that of the periphery of the maps, the observing subject sees the world moving around him. In the periphery, of the historical, that of the center of the maps, the subject, as he moves, sees the world moving along with him.

    This reading is an exercise in process to think of another possible way of understanding the world, one of our own, based on our experience, which also implies recognizing and reflecting on historical reasons and possibilities; of the past, of the present, and of the many futures we wish to address. Thinking about time requires action, it demands movement, of our body, affective, which sees time as the space of all these possibilities.

    Intervention at the Second Visual Arts Colloquium "Desbordar Hegemonías, hacer sentidos" at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota.