Τρίτη, 27 Δεκεμβρίου 2011

Tu vas a Tuva?








Tu vas a Tuva?*
oui, je vais a Ithaki

Text by Polyxene Kasda

 Ithaca you are always in my mind


Introduction 
At the end of his life, R Feynman has lended a playful actuality to our primordial drive for adventure that pushes us to device Ulyssian ways to reach the ever receding Hercules' columns.
For Feynman, this drive for perpetual navigation took the name of Tuva, a strange land in Mongolia trying out different ways, to reach it. When things were made easy for him to visit this far away land, he died ”still roaming with a hungry heart”
His was a highly playful contemporary version of the transtemporal Homeric Ithaca, that has inspired poets, artists and writers throughout the ages, to create epics and chef d'oeuvres, driven by this Something Essential Missing..
This SEM element *is the agony that pushes us out of our skin,,“peeling our image from the mirror”, as we grow out of ourselves,heading towards Being. This self transcendent process gives rise to the creation of culture within civilization. Civilization is based on survival issues, while culture is the act of challenging survival itself.
In this context, artists are asked to present their own version of Ithaki; their strategy for reaching this vital and lethal somewhere, that is and is not, avoiding any rationalizations that would undermine the inherent, in our human core, mystery.
In our age of self scrutinization, where the very cognitive processes that shape our perception are highlighted to the point of being externalized and manipulated in the fields of genetics and artificial intelligence, this SEM element, engrailed in language,  haunting us from the deepest recesses of our cognitive structure, that differentiates us from the animal kingdom and connects us to the stars, deserves our full attention
What is it? a negative presence?* a positive absence? a black swan information of extra terrestral origin? An extended phenotype virus? A secret “même” imbedded in language itself?
In our eonic age, in our meta-space of extended present, contemporary Ithaki can no more be a far away place, but, could be reached immediately through our tuning to the Here and Now.


Ithaca gave you a marvellous journey without her you would not have set out
She has nothing left to give you now Constantin Cavafy
 This project can be considered as an open end experimental research in depth psychology and syncretic sociology.
The destination for the realization of this Idea is the island of Ithaca
For the moment we can ride on the wave created by the formulation of the idea and follow its unfolding in the insufficiencies of spacetime.



Project description
A group of artists and writers are challenged to formulate their Odyssey, giving a modern version of their voyage. Symbolically, the project workshop takes the form of a voyage to Ithaki where they are asked to tune in the energies of this mythical site and to produce texts and works which will be presented after 10 days in the Ionian center of Kefalonia. They will be asked to produce a collective Map of the secret treasure on this island, having as a guide Odysseus, the Outis (the Nobody), a name bearing pain, happiness and this peculiar, polyform, predictive, intelligence called Mêtis.







1-Inspired by R. Feynman's “ the quest for Tenna Tuva” (Utube video)
2-S.E.M term coined, in 1990, by Poly Kasda to denote the essential human drive for quest, not to be confused with Structural Equation Modeling
3. Lucian Blaga, Trilogie de la Connaissance, 
 
***Tu vas a Tuva Project is copyrighted by Polyxene Kasda and PrimoPianoLivinGallery in Lecce, Italy.

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