Vincenzo Fiore Marrese

premiere on the 21st of November 2021

I (don't) know the spell

"I (don't) know the spell" explores our inner border between rational and irrational through the lens of Internet technologies, posing questions on the dividing line between the performance art and the magic act.

For my performance, I cast a spell according to instructions in an old manuscript of magic. Then I broadcast my action on Instagram in a temporary account that I will delete after after a few hours. The idea is to model a collision between magical thinking, let's call it irrational, and the world of information technologies built upon rational frameworks. The audience will experience this collision, and the art insider would appreciate the boundaries of the performance act compared with the magical one. With "magical thinking", I mean:

"the belief that one's (...) actions (...) can influence the course of events in the material world. Magical thinking presumes a causal link between one's inner, personal experience and the external physical world. Examples include beliefs that the movement of the Sun, Moon, and wind or the occurrence of rain can be influenced by one's thoughts or by the manipulation of some type of symbolic representation of these physical phenomena." [1]

Information technologies are a rationality tool, but the use of the Internet seems to improve irrational behaviours. I will explore this contradiction through my performance using Instagram doing a magical act, a spell. There are similitudes between "magical thinking" and "performance art". First, in "performance art", the artwork is an action that sometimes involves objects. Second, the idea that art could be related to magic or rituals is intriguing. Historically, this kind of connection appears in the specific field of "performance art". I will explore through my performance the relationship between magic and performance doing magic and performative action at the same time. My action is artistic, but a magic action too. I'm doing it according to the instruction of a book of spells.

The topic is labyrinthine. Is magical thinking irrational? Are technologies rational? Is there a connection between a magic action and an artistic one? How do I take steps in the world according to the information that surrounds me? I (don't) know, could be the answer.

premiere

"I (don't) know the spell" will be present on the 21st of November 2021 in the frame of "Performance November - Kyiv International performance art days". AKT at the Art-Zavod Platforma will host the festival, and Tetiana Kornieieva is the curator. According to the concept, the performance will be online on a temporary Instagram account.

how to watch the performance

On the 21st of November 2021, from 15:00 to 20:00 UTC+02 you can watch the performance on the temporary instagram account https://www.instagram.com/eeeeeeaaeeeeeaa111111111/.

Then, at 20:01 the account will be deleted and you won't access to the performance.

© VFMarrese, “I (don't) know the spell”

Notes

1. Vandenberg, B. (Invalid Date). magical thinking. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/science/magical-thinking

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