Recognition can mean praise and affirmation of merit. If this is what the live artist is pursuing with their work, they can end up going crazy, because what some like will for sure not be liked by others. The safest way is to please one’s own sense of what the work should be, listening inside and turning down the volume of others’ reactions. Recognition can also mean perception of the existence of something. This is absolutely essential for live art. Without an audience that is present, with senses open to perceive what is unfolding before them, the performance cannot really stand. We are social beings, we need to feel that we belong and that we are seen by others, simply because we are, without having to do anything. However, when we start pining for others to confirm that we are valuable because of what we do, the ground can become shaky.
It is a privilege to be given attention to express/communicate/show whatever one wants to. There are always constraints, of course, but that is basically what is happening. What do I do with this time and space that I’m given? What do I feel is worth addressing or what deserves attention? When we are free to choose, we are also automatically responsible for our choice. Even not choosing, when done freely, is a choice, and we are responsible for it. What is it that I’m contributing? What am I bringing into existence?
Three is a special number. The existence of something is one. The existence of this something automatically generates that which is other than it, so one and two arise together. Three is the field constituted by these two different things, the spectrum between them and the meeting point. The number three appears in many religions and philosophical systems as symbolising equilibrium and perfection. It can definitely be understood like that, if we think that it represents the integration of duality. In any situation in which we are torn in two… finding the third voice inside us might be the well-rounded solution (or well-triangled solution?!).