LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #89 – End

An end is the conclusion of a cycle. In visual arts, when the work is finished the piece is born. In live arts, after the end, the piece ceases to exist. A recording is documentation, but not the piece itself, which is only experience. Once the cycle is closed, a new one can begin, and this new cycle can be everyday life until the next performance or a new project. The way we end something relates to the way we begin the next thing, because nothing is completely separate from what surrounds it. Just like the exhalation is caused by the inhalation reaching its end and viceversa. Sometimes we linger over ends and cling instead of letting go. Sometimes we skip the end by diving into the next thing. Fully ending invites fully beginning.

 

María Ferrara

 

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LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #35 – Premiere

The premiere is the moment in which the “live” aspect comes in. Until then it is all preparation, which comes to an end in performing the resulting work in front of an audience. We could say that the piece is finished once it gets to this point. In fact this is not completely so. For one thing, the audience is a new element which will have its effect on the work. For another, as the composition is performed repeatedly it will develop further. Despite it being an exciting moment, the premiere is not so much the climax, but the turning point. From here on the work somehow emancipates itself to a certain extent from its creators. A bit like bringing a creature into the world.

 


María Ferrara