observer is a person who apperently has eyes and whose task is
to observe. On the other end of eyesight there is a table. Only
a table and nothing else, except for silence which is of course
an absence of sound. In order to observe, the observer must be
quiet, and tune himself, so to speak, into the existence of the
table. The work is not a dead life but a still life. It is a silent
life. "A life with silence," says Remy Zaugg (the autor
of a video, "The Observer," noted in the book by Ulay
and Marina Abramovic). "The voice," says remy Zaugg,
continues : "with the two characters practising their wiles
under the mask of inertia borrowed from the table and chairs,
has a consciousness, a consciousness similar to the observer.
That consciousness, unusual and unexpected in a work of art, suprises.
It constrains. The consciousness of the observer clashes with
the consciousness of the work. It is reflected in it. "Here
it seems that the observer and the object are one. The content
of the observer's mind in that particular moment is the universe
wraped into the shape of the object. The idea of the table, its
matter, and its purpose will dissapear like a cloud, and its brittle
trace of existance be scattered in pieces and fragments.
the name of a thing, repeted many times, will also disappear,
leaving us in a silent emptiness of common nonsense, caused by
the liberation of our senses, or better yet, a sense or our libertation.
mechanism of defamiliarization, on first sight so obscure, is,
as a matter of fact, a very common practice of all people; yet
there is a certain way of changing the direction of the "flight",
and an important understanding that some features of a defamiliarizing
object must be kept, since they appear to be essentially important.
This might be a journey with no return.
is on the other side of the wall of perception has always been
a secret, a danger and perheps, a forbidden fruit, which we have
become accustomed to. This refers to the fact that practising
defamiliarization with no established routine will definitely
lead to failure and possibly to a perceptual warping of reality
as we know it.