Countdown to OBS Broadcast. London 2012
“Time is no longer counted progressively, by addition, starting from an origin, but by subtraction, starting from the end. This is what happens with rocket launches or time bombs. And that end is no longer the symbolic endpoint of a history, but the mark of a zero sum, of a potential exhaustion. This is a perspective of entropy - by the exhausting of all possibilities - the perspective of a counting down to infinity… We are no longer in the finalistic, historical or providential vision, which was the vision of a world of progress and production. The final illusion of history, the final utopia of time no longer exists, since it is already registered there as something potentially accounted for, in digital time, just as mankind’s finalities cease to exist at the point where they come to be registered in a genetic capital and solely in the biological perspective of the exploitation of the genome. When you count the seconds separating you from the end, the fact is that everything is already at an end; we are already beyond the end.”
DRY RUN # 14
..Each performer begins performing their actions/sequence/circuits etc…at any time after a performer has performed their circuit they pick up one of the megaphones and countdown from 10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1…[with an audience present they can ask the audience to join in with the countdown]…performers hearing the countdown try their best to ignore it…they continue to perform…but are observant to the effects…the ‘aftermath’…of their and their peers actions once THE END has been reached…what changes…if anything..?