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Exercise 15: Lecture on Re:horse (debate)

26 February 2010

Director: Jon Mikel Euba

Venue: Galleries 3.1 and 3.2 or auditorium.

Special Invited: Iñaki Garmendia

Special Volunteers: Julio Alonso Fernández, Julia Cubillo Piñán, Ana Cristina Vilda Díez y Jorge Luis Díaz González

Open to the public

This exercise intends to establish a group based on the participation of 10 to 15 volunteers in a real experience before an audience. It also intends to approach the issue of recording the performance. Though initially the group may seem to include only the volunteers executing the action, in its final stage the exercise aims to establish a larger constituency that includes both audience and performers.

At the outset, volunteers drawn from workshop participants and people from León selected for the event that speak two languages (Spanish and English) shall take their seats on stage while the audience fills the hall. The performers shall then start reading a text in English off a computer screen, translating it into Spanish as they go, one by one, while the rest wait their turn. The text in question arose from the need to break free from the idea of writing, and is therefore pure notation. It provides a template that only becomes consistent in the performative act of its translation. The text’s content suggests an introduction to the project Re:horse, later becoming a statement and a set of thoughts and considerations on the concept of creation. The text goes to nine pages, each repeated by different people in the course of the performance, which shall end with a fragment referring to two images projected in the hall.

All the action shall be recorded on video by two cameras following an established pattern. The video recording shall raise the issue of the counterpoint; the tension between “what” is to be recorded and “how” it should be recorded, to the point where the “how” may deny the “what”.

Once the performance ends, after the nine pages have been read, a debate will begin with a question being put to the audience. The ensuing debate will also be recorded.