PERFORMANCE AS NEGATION

When searching for the limits of performance, one ends up negating performance itself.
That is, to the place where the unperformative is performed.

 

Black Square

Black Square (Kazimir Malevich, 1915)

 

D o – n o t h i n g (2012) is a character that offers pure, uncompromised presence. Do-nothing is available to do nothing to a private person, a community, a place or a happening. Do-Nothing is not communicative and does not interfere; he simply is there.

Do-Nothing, in Finnish ”the one who delivers the empty”, is a negation of both performance and encounter. While all communication and performing is denied, and only the empty delivered, the shared space becomes full of co-presence of a peculiar sort. It can be seen as the origin of performance in the same way Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square can be seen as the origin of painting.