• Tiia Sorjonen

Research continues

As the journey of creating this series of performances continues, the questions "What is a beginning?", "What is an ending?" and "What does it mean to continue?" are even more promenant. The global situation with the COVID-19 outspread has gotten the whole world on its toes and the collective feeling of life being on hold tints our views of what can be done in this time.

We have been continuing the research by investigating the sound qualities of sand. Pouring sand on different surfaces, like ice, plastic, and wood and playing with different rythms has been a task that has produced material for a video.

We travelled to Finland in the beginning of February to perform at the Yökylä-festival and were forced to stay here after. During this time we have taken the sand on walks in the nature, on ice and in forests. Each location has given a new meaning to the action of pouring sand.

Time is a concept that keeps revolving in our minds. When we pour sand from bottle to bottle we are a human timeglass. Each pour lasts a shorter time as the grains will not fall straight to the other glass, but they bounce of the glass to the ground creating a sound like a gentle rain. When a bottle is empty it is time fill up the glass bottle again and then start the pour from the beginning. It is impossible to gather all poured sand back to the bottle, just like it is impossible to hold on time - time will pass and things will change whether we want it to happen or not.

Where is the beginning of this action? Is it when we fill the bottles, or does the action begin each time when we tilt the bottle? And why is this such an important question?

When we think about performance as a creature reflected in time, and time as feature that influences our perception, we understand that in order to tell a story with our peformative actions, we have to be aware of the differences of our actions. This can be market with ends and beginnings. To collate a performance score we need to gather different actions and then weave those actions together in a way that gives the audience a feeling of a story arch. Ends and beginnings can fluctuate and overlap, but for the performer it is crucial to see the difference of each bit of material. This is how we create a meaning for a non-narrative piece, and give the audience something to interpret.

For this reason we have decided to think Mind Like an Open Songbook - performance series as a suite. This musical term allows us to consider the ends and beginnings of the different pieces created so far and to work towards a collection of pieces that can be performed together as a longer piece.

The durationality of the process of creation is then also apparent. All pieces of the suite are manifestations of the ongoing process, each exploring the main topic.

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