"paradox #1" performance, (teaser) studio Berten, Berlin 2018
One of universal paradoxes is that whereas space is practically infinite in its enormity, time and how it allows us to perceive and react with said space, is proportionally finite and intuitively unfair.
Being conscious of the single direction of time and the fleeting sliver of our place in it, a better future is the only necessity, if only we could restructure our past selves as an improving sequence by shedding and transforming memories.
The process of recalling a memory is a rebuilding, an imprint of how that memory was formed, the recollection of a process. The process is never flawed, only altered through our temporal and cognitive distance. The memory is never wrong, just relevant or not.
Societal roles, ingrained mindsets, codes, legacies and traditions overlap, creating a context of collective past in which we individually strive for our own foretold utopia, having to restructure different aspects of existence.
In this performance, Evdoxia is identifying the imprints societal structures have on us and how they define us, as we are creating our personal identity through past dreams, memories, experiences and thoughts, the only things we can truly own.
Through a sequential approach to time and how we formulate our impermanent selves, she is casting away the collective dehumanization of predetermined roles and attitudes, along with the memories of those past versions of us.
Focused on the uniqueness of the personal, she underlines the paradox of one escaping universal and societal constants, by defying the commonly accepted paradigm and changing the way we perceive a facet of reality.
texts: Alexander Platis (art critic-curator)
contrabass: Franz Schwartnau
performer, installation, idea, video: Evdoxia