The Urgency of Quiet, 2018
The Urgency of Quiet is an excerpt from a longer performance/video that mines the space between self and thought. The prevailing assumption that we are what we think dates back to Descartes and remains a source of inevitable suffering for many. Clinging tight to the ego results in existential pain. Breaking the link between self and thought—even if only through a shift in perspective—yields relief, liberating language from its role as a simple conveyor of ideas. Words then become raw material, the fodder for poetry. The Urgency of Quiet merges theatrical gestures with speedy editing to reveal the ebb and flow of meaning: one phrase might resonate loudly within one ear; another may trigger implicit or explicit memories; additional words perhaps go unheard. Consciousness or rather the stories we tell ourselves is fundamentally contextual.