Featuring “Simplicity” as an “Irrational Fear”

Featuring “Simplicity” as an “Irrational Fear” is an exploration of the concept of simplicity and its impact on the direction of contemporary art discourse. Simplicity, which one could argue is akin to accessibility, is so rarely available in this current climate of contemporary art and one finds that there's a tendency to intellectualise away anything that may be overly-accessible or easily understood in art.

Concepts are often times over-complicated in the circumlocutory pseudo-intellectual babble that creeps into discussions, perhaps out of some irrational fear that once it is all decoded, then nothing is left. As Raymond Havens stated in “Simplicity, a changing concept” (1953:3):

Simplicity, it would seem, is a simple matter... In the eighteenth century, critics, essayists, and poets were constantly referring to it as the supreme excellence in almost every field, the "open sesame" to every door, whether of conduct, thought, taste, or artistic production. "The best and truest ornament of most things in life," Swift called it, and Shaftesbury, "this beauty above all beauties." Lord Kames declared, "The best artists ... have in all ages been governed by a taste for simplicity," and Horace Walpole said, "Taste...cannot exist without Simplicity." Joseph Warton went even further, maintaining “SIMPLICITY is with justice esteemed a supreme excellence in all the performances of art."

Ironically, simplicity is not quite as one-dimensional as one may expect. It is engulfed in concentric skins that seemingly lead right back to complexity. Simplicity itself becomes a slippery subject with multiple personalities but nonetheless one that is tackled head on. Through this performance-based installation a multitude of characters discovered in the excavation of simplicity are addressed and re-interpreted to create a triangle of responses from three performance artists, Nathalie Bikoro, Donna Kukama and Nástio Mosquito. The physical absence of the three performance artists in the performance space creates a rift between time and space, thereby necessitating a creative clarity in a media as interaction-reliant as performance.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Conceptual Simplicity

Conceptual Simplicity; the rule of simplicity as choosing your form/being

Einstein defined the invention of motion, gravity and energy as non-instantial ( in instantialisation the creation of an object or abstraction, in non-instantiation the object does not belong to a class to share the same structure or behaviour, it is not inherited but unique). The mass-energy equation* E=Mc2, derived from the rule of simplicity of space in Riemannian manifold (or Riemannian space (M,g) ). It is a real differentiable manifold in which each tangent space is equipped with an inner product g (a Riemannian metric), in a manner which varies smoothly from point to point. The metric g is a positive definite symmetric tensor: a metric tensor. In other words, a Riemannian manifold is a differentiable manifold in which the tangent space at each point is a finite-dimensional Euclidean space.

A Riemannian manifold carries the structure of a metric space whose function is of minimizing distance or paths in between the 'inners' within spaces. therefore a Riemannian manifold M is geodesically complete - a short complete path.

If simplicity conceptually could be elegantly understood as a way of shortening time, space and relativity, then could simplicity be an exposé for a moment of inner intensity and intimacy between people and spaces? What is the hidden element of the process of simplicity? It is non-instantial, a space that doesn't belong to a structure and behaves differently, I would like to understand how this affects the link between the audience and the performer and how this 'blur' succumb to energy and motionalise the element of the after-trace to procure the surprise. Autopsy....

*E = Mc2 originally derived from the Egyptian Hieroglyphics which Einstein co- studied with Anthropologists at the time. Einstein merely made a link and re-translated and transmitted it to the 20th century industrial world. A formula beyond mathematics that transcends into poetry, philosophy and musicology.

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