Upstairs Geology

 

 

(UPG) is a continuous commitment to performative manifestations on, with and about Liquids.

 

A theatrical universe, a cosmology created through the use of thickened and coloured water, ropes, pumps, and soundscapes in constellation with gravity, various weather conditions, sunlight, snow, rain and sometimes people.

 

UPG is an attempt to de-centralise humans in performance.

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Manifestations

UPG 50/50 (2019)

 

(UPG) is a continuous commitment to performative manifestations on, with and about Liquids.

 

A theatrical universe, a cosmology created through the use of thickened and coloured water, ropes, pumps, and soundscapes in constellation with gravity, various weather conditions, sunlight, snow, rain and sometimes people.

 

UPG is an attempt to de-centralise humans in perform

 

My reclaimed word for the 21st century is Liquid- specifically starting from thinking about my own life and attitude to fixity, and developing an ongoing artistic research around fluid substances.

 

My second reclaimed word for the current times is Angel- specifically in relation to constant movement and change inherent in life. Michel Serres’s understanding of angels as messengers, in his book “Angels: a Modern Myth”, had a profound effect on this work. This theatrical universe is a result of me putting these two, at first sight, unconnected categories of knowledge together and insisting on their resonance.

 

 This commitment for me is spending time with the metaphors of floods

and natural disasters, with the long tradition of repressing and taming the uncontrollable emanations of a body - its sounds, smells, mucus - with a hysterical will to control and solidify borders, to qualify “leakages” as clean or dirty on a binary scientific scale. In this constructed cosmology human biological (more often female than male) liquids- such as urine, breast milk, ejaculate, vaginal lubrication – are often equated with the notion of a leaking planet with its torrential rains, melting ice, and disturbed oceanic currents.

 

It is me thinking out loud and performatively that my materials, my books, events of my life are also working- thinking and creating with me. This thought allows me to imagine that it is not only humans that are part of my process. Similarly, it allows me to conceive my audience consisting of not only human beings but also objects, flows of air, gusts of winds coming through the open windows – they perform and they watch.

 

- Ira Melkonyan -

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