“un still” by Hugo Glendinning

Wednesday, 26 June 2013
7:00 pm
Bing Concert Hall

Blog Response by Rebecca Chaleff

The presentation of Hugo Glendinning’s un still is simple: a triptych of images cycle and fluctuate to the silences and swells of an accompanying score.  On the screen, we see pictures of stillness as well as motion.  We see moments that are caught by the photograph, their kinetics suspended in time, and we see moments that are sustained by the photograph, seemingly expanding beyond the temporality that frames them.  Themes of time course through un still.  There are images that have no time (a dead bird on its back, wiry feet delicately curled beneath a feathered belly), and images that are distinctly marked by time (the differences in age of a single woman, pictured over the course of 25 years, not to mention the more obvious, neon glow of the timer counting down the minutes in the background of Merce Cunningham’s Ocean).

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“Chronopolitics with Dogs and Trees in Stanford” by Tuija Kokkonen and Alan Read

Thursday, 27 June 2013
7:30 pm – 7:30 am
Roble Studio 42
Blog Response by Tuija Kokkonen

Chronopolitics with Dogs and Trees in Stanford was, on one level, an invitation to perform for a non-human. Performances for non-humans are not missed or needed by them, but can act as a place of hospitality and of impossible, yet attainable proximity emerging on the different boundaries between species and co-beings.

When a dog responds to your reading of Investigations of a Dog to it, or when an oak or an herb plant receives the “Treebeard” chapter from the Lord of the Rings or Plant Fear being read to it, what happens in that moment? What happens to humans when the witness and the respondent of the event is something other than a human being? Following Derrida’s (2008) questions: Who witnesses to what and for whom? Who proves, who looks, who observers whom and what? What is there for knowledge, of certainty, of truth, of love?

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Between 26 June – 30 June, 2013, the PSi 19 Conference will convene in Stanford, California. In total, the Conference will feature over 100 unique performances, installations, and praxis sessions. Each of these events will, by definition, occur at an isolated time and space within the wider conference; each will be attended by a small fraction of conference attendees. Now, then, how will these performances remain?

The PSi 19 Performance Blog provides space for conference attendees to recount their encounters with performances. The Blog seeks to produce a democratic, polyvocal, multiperspectival archive of the various performances unfolding throughout the conference. It is a living archive: a processural, collaborative collection of writings intended to carry the liveness of the Conference’s events into the future. Now, then, let’s begin.