REALITY RESEARCH CENTER
This was my contribution to the field of theoretical performance or experiential theory. The performance was for an audience of one and consisted of five acts, each of which was dedicated to one theorist of the sacred. The acts could be experienced also as seperate pieces. It was truly comparative religion, offering five academically referential interpretations of what sacred is.
I nothing special about the bread
Dedicated to Emile Durkheim
II terrible is time
Dedicated to Mircea Eliade
III how to speak of what we cannot speak of
Dedicated to Rudolf Otto[created in collaboration with Yoko Ishiguro]
IV there is no true self
Dedicated to Rene Girard
V damnation and grace are the same
Dedicated to Georges Bataille[created in collaboration with Pekko Koskinen]
Comparative Religion owes its inspiration to the scholar of comparative religion Elisa Heinämäki and her article 9 Versions of the Sacred (Esitys-magazine 4/2010). The premiere was in Holy Day -event on the 27th of November 2010 at Reality Research Center studio in Helsinki.
CONCEPT AND PERFORMER: Tuomas Laitinen
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jan Ahlstedt