The Resistance of Material.

ERIK ALALOOGA & ANDREAS W “The Resistance of Material”

Performed in Kanuti Gildi SAAL.

‘”This performance is based on breaking. Man tries not to break anything. Or so it seems to us. In reality it is different. Nothing can be done in a physical room without breaking anything because no material will change its shape without intervening. This began already with stone axe. To get a sharp stone, some pieces had to be cut out of it. But to get to the concept of sharp stone, substantial and dynamic model of sharp stone had to evolve in the head of the person reshaping the stone. We think that it was premised by appearance of linguistic capability. Maybe. But linguistic capability can also only be the surface layer upon the capability of construing the reality. Interpretation of sharp stone could have been physical, perception of material that came from physical awareness, detecting power where used to be only instinct.

We believe that the appropriate method for this performance is breaking the materials. And if we add the linguistic layer then it comes from the inevitability that language surrounds us everywhere. We cannot through it out although we are actually not really interested in anything else than in how things and materials break.”

Team: Erik Alalooga, Andreas W, Tanel V Kulla, Hans-Gunter Lock

Co-producer: Kanuti Gildi SAAL

Supporters: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Kultuuritehas Polymer

“The Resistance of Material” was awarded with Independent Dance Prize 2012.

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