Dispositives of Watching – BADco. & Marko Tadić
12. June 2017. - 29. June 2017.
Monday, June 12,2017 @ 20:00
The exhibition Dispositives of Watching is part of a year-long collaboration between BADco. and Marko Tadić entitled Nothing Inert in the World, which includes artistic research, an exhibition and performative events on the theme of rhythmical analysis, the principle of the presentation of complex rhythmical structures (temporal and spatial).
In Henri Lefebvre’s terminology, the body is a ’bouquet’ of rhythms that both function at their own paces and are mutually arranged to form a coordination. Lefebvre uses the term polyrhythm to denote a multilayered rhythmic environment where different rhythms interact at the same time. However, if there is a negative disturbance in the rhythms, this typically causes the local disharmony to spread, which may have further disastrous consequences for the entire system. Lefebvre calls this destructive rhythmic phenomenon arrhythmia. The last of Lefebvre’s concepts of rhythm is isorhythmia, which is a collection of hierarchically coordinated rhythms. This relation of rhythms is synchronised from above – the rhythms are brought into concurrence by an external impulsegiver.
Besides its own biological rhythms, the body also receives rhythms from the outside – from the social, cosmic and natural/ecological worlds. The social rhythms are culturally and historically conditioned and include rhythms of eating and sleeping, working hours, breaks and holidays. These rhythms are learned, but of course affect the biological rhythms (and vice versa). The same applies to cosmic and natural/ecological rhythms, such as the rhythms of day and night, months, seasons, plants and weather systems.
Lefebvre insists that the body sets up the ratios among the rhythms that we sense. The circadian rhythm of a diurnal cycle is very slow compared to that of a mosquito’s wing beats, but fast compared to the Earth’s orbit around the sun. But the human body gives us a basis on which to compare rhythms. Abstract temporalities become associated with an actual physical place, namely a human body, and therefore become actual themselves.
However, the body also puts spatial transformations into rhythmical relationships, and binds a given infrastructure and material by sedimented practices that then give birth to institutions, architectures and ordered zones in which various corporeal techniques are actualised.
This exhibition, which came into being out of an encounter between Marko Tadić and members of the BADco. collective, is being developed in the very premises of the Vladimir Bužančić Gallery and is one step in a process that will result in the performance to be called Corrections in Rhythm, premiering in November 2017 at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb.