ORGANIZING OURSELVES

Group practice towards how to produce performativity in public and common spaces.

ONE

Let’s make an exercise.

Imagine you go out on the street and arrive to a determined point; you stop because in front of you a group of 50 people walking appears. What happens when you see a group of people in one public space?, what’s the first thing you think or imagine?, what do you expect to happen?, what do you expect this group of people will do?, what would you wish this group of people shall do?

A group of people in a public space produces what I call SHARED PRESENCE because it evokes an encounter; being this group reunited to occupy the space, to fight, to manifest or get to agree on something.

This group of people starts occupying the space in an invasion-like manner; depending on the number of people, but the group could get the flux of that space cut or intervened. If they exceed more than 50 it could look like a turmoil. It also depends on what they are doing, it could look like a disturbance, a mutiny, an uprising, a revolt or an insurrection.

This is the force that SHARED PRESENCE evokes in a public space.

TWO

HOW TO PUT THE BODY?

THREE

I think that physical arts or stage arts in Mexico should disrupt its narrative, its discourse and its language by the fact of being produced in the context of body violence.

When a body is presented on stage -whichever it is, but where there’s presence of one spectator-, it produces PRESENCE, which in turn produces representation and this produces language, narrative and discourse. Therefore, a body is presence and produces representation and language.

But, what happens when in this context (where a body presents itself on stage, in front of an spectator) bodies are victims of civil insecurity, kidnapping or enforced disappearance? What happens with representation when a body is not found, or is found lifeless in a common grave where we don’t know who to call for? What kind of PRESENCE needs to produce stage arts representation in the face of a “disappeared body” context?

FOUR

WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN

FIVE

What is a fact is that we want to move from where we are as a society.

Other type of mobilizations exist. Other possibilities of placing the body in a public space that produce a space in common. 

This photograph was taken in the Tunisia Plaza on 2012. An activist decides to stand in the center of the plaza and announces that he is manifesting on social media against the economical and social crisis in his country; he stopped his work activity to stand on the plaza as a symbol of rebellion. He inspires other bodies to join this action.

This bodies don’t know each other at all, but they join this act. This is what produces the communal phenomenon: the desire to form part of something passionate, the desire of uniting without knowing what would result, the desire to place the body in a practice that makes sense to a common cause.

This desire, placed a body, produced a contingent, evoked an insurrection and produced the called “Arab Spring”

FIVE

Currently in Mexico, a manifestation as we know it, does not represent this space of rebellion and insurrection against the government as it was in the 60s or 70s.  Except if we talk about a march where 40% of the inhabitants of a city participate in it; this produces a turmoil that intervenes in the flux of a part of the city and produces traffic jam.

We must not confuse ourselves. Traffic jam is not an insurrection.

But neither does manifestation is a strategy that represents the mobility we need as a society.

SIX

In front of a “disappeared body” I propose to produce “what appears”.

The SHARED PRESENCE organizes a group, this produces a body and this represents “what appeared”.

It appears in a public space.

SEVEN

ORGANIZING OURSELVES is a practice that is worked in group on relation with tension between reunion and scattering, crystallization and dissolution. It thinks contingents as something changeable, mobile, procedural and dynamic. 

ORGANIZING OURSELVES is a written concept of two words: ORGANIZE and OURSELVES.

ORGANIZING OURSELVES is an action and implies the practice of corrupting. Is something that is not given, and therefore implies a process, a will. Is the action of placing things together and articulating its relations.

OURSELVES means US as number more than a consensus. It doesn’t imply fusion, before well noted difference.

ORGANIZING US is a group practice towards how to produce performativity in public and common space.

Credits

  • Original idea and Artistic direction: Olga Gutiérrez
  • Research Advisory 2017: Luis Conde
  • 2017 Guadalajara Research Laboratory: Omar Gabiño, Nicole Saucedo, Michel Alzaga, Irais Avila, Germán Águila González, Lupita de Santiago, Ana Karen García y Edgar Alcides Mayo Chavez
  • Sao Paulo 2017 Research Laboratory: Luana Leite, Manolo de Vieira, Gabriela Parceaou, Natalia Faizinho y Franceau du Moreira
  • Production: Laboratorio puntoD
  • Co-production: PAOS, PMF y SESC Vila Mariana
  • Video: Itzmalin Benítez

2017 presentations

  • PAOS (Guadalajara, México)
  • SESC Vila Mariana (Sao Paulo, Brasil)
  • Mercado Adrián Puga (Guadalajara, México)
  • Raúl Anguiano Art Museum (Guadalajara, México)