The Complex Object


Affecting Abstraction (The Complex Object), 2007
Series of performances with PowerPoint presentation, 25/30 min each

The Complex Object exists of a step by step textual building up of a durational object that incorporates its own construction and all the participating elements in its construction (the creator, the perceiver, the story, the structure, the conditions etc.). It relies on the premise that by constructing this linguistic object around a problematic proposition (for instance an impossible transformation) and basing its internal logic on it, conditions are created in which the problematic nature of the proposition dissolves and it becomes possible to write its ‘taking place’.

The concept of ‘the complex object’ was developed through three performances where simultaneously a specific Complex Object was constructed: A Complex Object based on the problem of “how to implement a human presence in a hermetic abstract construction of language”. The three lectures were both consecutive parts and re-workings of each other, each one dealing with the whole process, but furthering it and reflecting on it accordingly. Third and final version of the performance has been transferred to video.


Still from The Complex Object, 2007
video 19:15 min


Still from The Complex Object, 2007
video 19:15 min


Still from The Complex Object, 2007
video 19:15 min


Still from The Complex Object, 2007
video 19:15 min