“A division is a connexion” Project

 

December 9th, 2017 to January 27th, 2018
Research/Creation Artist Residency “A Division is a Connexion”
Collectif Le Récif, Rivière-Trois-Pistoles (Québec)

 


 

DAY 5 :     Is culture an institution ?

 

A few days later, on the kitchen’s wall

 

EXTRACTS :
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What’s an institution? “an established law, practice, or custom / a well-established and familiar person, custom, or object”
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An institution is a framework. There are natural frameworks. What’s left of nature within culture?
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Culture is wild and instinctive ;
Institution is structured and rational ;
They stand at two ends of one organism.
As the waves of a live stream, they may have to dance together…
In order to both exist.
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If culture is an institution, how can the time factor applied to it?
Through intertwined curves (representing trends, civilizations, etc.)
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CULTURE IS THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL, POWERFUL AND INSIDIOUS TYPE OF INSTITUTION.


 

DAY 8 :     overview map of the project (with extensions)

 

 


 

DAY 12 :     Does “The Other” exist ?

 

A few days later, on the kitchen’s wall

 

EXTRACTS :
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No doubt.
The other is the one who hears us and lights the way for us.
It is the one who communicates, who allows us to blossom.
It’s a mirror, it’s pain, or it’s a tear of joy.
The other is the one who has taught us, who has influenced us.
It’s the parent who has hurt us. It’s the one who has left its mark on us.
The other is the “us” without whom there would be nothing but “I”.
It’s the love which has calmed us down, the one who listens so we can heal.
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“The Other” is our mirror. Then we can choose how we relate to “The Other”. Friendship is the most beautiful shape which “The Other” can take.
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Indifference can push us away from The Other, and so can a feeling of helplessness, confusion, or fear.
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The Other and I can switch, according to the perspective! To the other, I am The Other.
As we look inside oneself looking for the best, we can be sure to also meet up with the worst.
To invent “The Other” is to give oneself a strategy to avoid this great dilemma through building up compartments, through spliting up from whatever we’d rather refuse. We invent ourselves the hope of an “Other” who would be “better” and so could bring to us, from the outside, something that we could be missing inside.
We also invent an “Other” (who might as well be just the same!) who is “not so good”, on whom to ditch towards the outside whatever we don’t want to have to look at inside.
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WE RUN AFTER THIS HYPOTHETICAL “OTHER” AS WE RUN AFTER LOVE, OR WE RUN AWAY FROM IT AS WE RUN AWAY FROM DEATH.


 

DAY 17 : a step back in time

 

The question of identity as explored a few years ago while studying arts in Dawson City (Klondike, Yukon), an “individualistic community”. Already talking about “The Other”, obviously.

AUDIO DOCUMENTARY “Dawson’s Beards : Testimony of a Way of Life” (2013)

 

AUDIO DOCUMENTARY “Dawson’s Beards : Testimony of a Way of Life” (2013)


 

DAY 22 :     Does the end justify the means ?

 

A few days later, on the kitchen’s wall

 

EXTRACTS :
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I try to see the means themselves as ends. It is a way of taking back some control over my relationship with time and culture.
I think the “mean/end” attitude is about production, and we want to maintain it in order to feel fulfil.
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Since the human being has powerful means, especially as a species, this question has often been about morality. Nowadays, humans survival seems to depend more on their capacity to refrain than on their capacity to spread.
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This sentence doesn’t sound right. When we use it, it’s because we know it’s wrong : we forget about the means to focus on the end. Often it is some sort of authority which will assert this.
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Individuals also can use this sentence as an excuse, and it does involve obstinacy. Yet, it seems that some situations deserve that proper means be put in place in order to reach a goal, to concretize projects. How can we draw the line between obstinacy and dedication?
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A MEAN REACHES THE RIGHT BALANCE WHEN WE REGARD IT AS AN END IN ITSELF.


 

DAY 25 : framed beauties

(interactive installation on the hostel’s bathroom’s wall)

 

What is going on inside all these women enclosed within pretty frames ? What do THEY see ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXTRACTS :

“Elsewhere… ELSEWHERE !!!”

“My feet hurt.”

“Pfff… boors and paupers…”

“How miserable they seem, these people of the Hostel…”

” E=MC2

“You may urinate, I am not watching.”

“How difficult it is to be a duchess in such a… putrid place…”

“Who am I ?”


 

DAY 29 :     Does unity make strength ?

 

A few days later, on the kitchen’s wall

 

EXTRACTS :
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Yes…
It can ben very hard to accomplish alone something that a group can perform easily (more knowledge, experience, skills).
and No
I think it’s important to hold back on unions in some situations (more groups, but no group of a million people on a local project).
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Be it a small or a large group, it’s useful to wonder about whose strenght it makes, if it does anyone’s.
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If global strenght is equivalent to that of the weakest link, then individual shortcomings may jeopardize the success of a group.
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Still, the group is necessary to move forward because, alone, the strongest link won’t go far.
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“One hundred men accomplish a lot more in a day than one man does in a hundred days.” -Marx
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Yet, the individual must be strong within him/herself in order to have anything to provide for a group, and for the group to provide something to him/her. Otherwise, he/she is nothing more than a poor copy of the others, and doesn’t provide anything to the group or to him/herself. A strong group is made of strong… and flexible individuals.
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THE STRENGHT OF AN UNION IS DETERMINED THROUGH THE STRENGHT THAT IT PROVIDES FOR THE INDIVIDUALS WHO MAKE IT.


 

DAY 37 : residency’s rough project (the process)

 

 


 

DAY 41 :     IN A JUMBLE

Does being at the same place at the same time mean “being together” ?

To what purpose/to whom is the couple useful ?

Where does the wish for entertainment come from ?

Do frames provide more freedom when they’re closed or when they’re open ?

 

A few days later, on the kitchen’s wall

 

COMPLETE :
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Does being at the same place at the same time mean “being together” ?
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No, you may not even notice that there is someone there. There are various situations where we are among other people, but not together. For instance, in the bus where everyone is in the same place, but no one is together with the others.
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Fortunately, it can go the other way around too : “being together” despite the distance (in time or space).
Could we “be together” with people we don’t even know? Or with people we don’t even know they exist?
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To what purpose/to whom is the couple useful ?
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Considering whatever each person is looking for, to be less lonely, to have someone to inspire us to outdo ourselves, a partner to face life hardships, to mate, so that life is less expensive.
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To be free, together.
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To give life to dreams, to dream together, for company while going through hardships, to get and give affection, to grow through conversation, to create, to confirm an autocritique. 1+1=3 To fix mistakes
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The couple (and the nuclear family which usually extends it) is the basic unity of capitalist patriarcal structure. It is through it that we produce, and it is to it that we turn to in order to sell goods and services.
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What about gays, then?
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Same; same ideal, same principle. As it happens, the acces to official couple status plays a part in their process of social recognition.
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Where does the wish for entertainment come from ?
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To get away from our deeper thoughts.
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Entertainment also is a tool “created” by society/the government to be in continuity with labor. These days’ bread and games.
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What is the purpose in doing anything else than entertaining oneself?
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In essence, nothing has a purpose. To accept to do nothing (when the urge or the wish for entertainment rises, for instance), is to accept/to face our fear of emptiness, this ultimate and fundamental uselessness. And to make ourselves harder to manipulate.
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Do frames provide more freedom when they’re closed or when they’re open ?
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A frame is a frame : a frame is closed, no matter what.
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In the void, that is without any context (because a context is a frame -literally a “frame of reference”), the notion of freedom could not even exist.


 


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