On Wednesday, 16 December 2020 at 8 pm, a feature show / omnibus entitled Expanded Cirkulacija 2: World Improvement Machine (subtitled: 7 times 7 = 49 …) was broadcast as part of the Kiblix festival. The original 7 x 7 = 49 was then replaced by the 9 x 7 = 63 (minutes’) version! To increase the potentiality of consumption, we present all individual contributions separately.
In the time of Covid, the live phyisical multi-day tour of the Machine in Maribor was replaced by a multi-day recording session in the home premises of Cirkulacija 2 – with the following participants: Ryuzo Fukuhara, Borut Savski, Stefan Doepner, Elvin Brandhi, Iva Tratnik and Boštjan Leskovšek.
In cross-collaborations, we prepared nine views on the state of the Machine of the Modern State (which is the meaning of the title). The Covid situation did not exist at the time of the project’s setting-up a year ago, and the world was already full to the brim. The infantility of modern the state, manifested in patronage and a protective attitude towards citizens – hm, with good intentions – has been replaced by a realistic option of increased Machine authoritarianism.
The idea of a modern state began some 300 years ago in the minds of the then European monarchs, who were therefore called “enlightened”. The Enlightenment came much later – and humanism is precisely the result of such a model (structure) of the state. It is assumed that the modern state machine regulates itself according to needs and corrects its mistakes. History, however, is not linear – in the recent past there have been quite a few diversions into less humane experiments. Even at this moment, it seems that the situation can tip the complex mechanism of the self-regulating machine into some other stable position (<- the quantum mechanics of systems).
In the modularly composed contributions of the six authors, the mentioned systemic digressions, images of industry, crowds, faces, creations and self-creations of the individual, metaphors of a great leader / savior appear in a mosaic way, scattered and disordered if no active engagement is present. On the other hand, they seem to be a characteristic aesthetic mode of allegory, where man is replaced by symbols of power.
Aesthetically, we seem to be exploring the symbolic narrative field of the video – with a starting point in the dance video – live performative points, which are widely understood and so the protagonist is not just a man (dancer) – but that’s all in front of the camera. .
The modules feature: Stefan Doepner’s Organ for Optimizing the World (co-production of Kud Obrat and Cirkulacija 2; 2020) – and a bunch of his moving machines. Butoh dancer Ryuzo Fukuhara is a master of adapting to the moment / situation / sound / image. Borut Savski is an on-duty instrumentalist on a self-made guitar and a programmer of a mosaic video machine for interactive chaos control (“you gotta move!”). Elvin Brandhi is a guest from England (um, Wales …), who named her part “world wide ward” – the world as a penitentiary. She marked the underground space of the abandoned Ajdovščina underpass with images of the ancestors.
chapter 1: CONSTRUCTION & DEMOLITION Ryuzo Fukuhara, Borut Savski, Stefan Doepner
Take two of the improvised performance scene. Ryuzo moves and Borut plays guitar to make a narrative. Stefan’s measures time uniformly, Borut’s mosaic algorythm follows Ryuto’s movement and tries to make some order in projection.
An ode to authoritarian digressions of the Machine. Improvised and recorded in take one. Ryuzo: construction of movement, Borut: construction of sound (heavily computer modulated guitar).
Alegory to the fanfares. Computer controlled self-made organ pipes (2020 KUD Obrat/ Cirkulacija 2 coproduction).
chapter 8: WWW Elvin Brandhi, Borut Savski
Elvin Brandhi rhymes with Gandhi. Last year’s bread-ghosts were taken for a ride in a covid-desolated Ajdovščina underpass corridors. New bread-ghosts were created. Elvin shouted – as she can, Borut tried to keep up the drive with guitar. Again: recorded in the very first take! Elvin did the final video mess…
chapter 9: ATI_THE FATHER Borut Savski, Stefan Doepner, Boštjan Leskovšek
Ati = Attitude = Father (in indo-european languages). Ati / the big gun / the barrell with loudpeaker moves, adds to sound and talks. It’s movement is affecting the mosaic coherence of projection. Boštjan, Borut and Stefan play their instruments. Original video historic scenes were taken from some youtube documentary. Thanks! Taken in the first try.