UF026
Events, Commissions, Residencies

15 Nov 2012

The Non-Trivial Goat and the Cliffs of the Universal

Abrons Arts Center, New York

Reza Negarestani during the event 'The Non-Trivial Goat and the Cliffs of the Universal' at Abrons Playhouse, November 15 2012
Reza Negarestani during the event 'The Non-Trivial Goat and the Cliffs of the Universal' at Abrons Playhouse, November 15 2012

Chimeras are integrated bodies that synthesize incompatible modalities, surpassing their respective particularities without fusing them, finding a common ground, or reducing one to the other. Chimerization, a recent work by Florian Hecker, uses psychoacoustics to compose such creatures from readings of a libretto penned by philosopher and novelist, Reza Negarestani.

Expanding on this work, Hecker and Negarestani come together in a live experiment—less a collaboration between philosophy and sound than a synthesis of the two. In this abstract performance, recalling Artaud’s theatre of cruelty as much as Beckett’s minimalist narratives, the ‘players’ respective fields are chimerized, and their true guises revealed.

The performance opens (Part 1: Descent) with a theory-fiction-manifesto that introduces thedramatis personae and abruptly drops the goat of philosophy into the abyss. This prologue of a mangled philo-fiction is followed (Part 2: Navigation) by a performative gluing of philosophy and sound in which the auditors become the goats, each completing the chimera according to their localization and navigation of the space. In the final movement (Part 3: Alienation), this personal experience of local synthesis is replaced by an estranging immersion into the impersonal experience of the global, synthetic environment as the intensifying, sonic chimerization moves beyond the sphere of the knowable.

An exercise in deregulation of the senses, this unique performance brings together two ambitious thinkers and practitioners in an experimental surgery that opens up their respective fields onto unexplored grounds.