Astronomy For Insects
Music: Alexander Kopeikin, Zelwer, Ikeda, Lacrimosa, Noise Makers Fife's, Current 93, Aith Ochnal, Coil, Bruno Moreigne, Einsturzende Neuebauten, Tiger Lillie’s
Premiere: Theatre Olimpics 2001 (Moscow, Russia).
Duration: 87 min
This performance is about the cracks and secret entrances that cover the walls of the world of humans.
It's about blind windows and doors that are forever locked. It's a story about how the road from the center of a big city to the edge of the world is really much shorter than it seems. Finally, it's about the second part of Santa Clause's trip on Christmas Eve, when he comes to those with no houses, no names, and nothing they can call their own. Down to the center of the Earth he descends to the very last Christmas tree, because Christmas comes everywhere, and everywhere shines the Christmas star.
This land is a secretive place where, falling on your knees and crawling over its responsive body, you may discover a secret hidden in a glass-covered hole. Denying the secret ruptures your feeding tube and leaves only a crusty, dried-out bowl with your name on it.
The struggle between the pull of life and the pull of death occurs not at critical moments in one’s existence—at those points, circumstance dictates one or the other. The fundamental challenge comes in everyday life, when the parameters and subtleties of this struggle are difficult to consciously perceive. This battle between life and death seems to sharpen as death approaches—but, in reality, it is only that when death is close, indifference and apathy recede, and one either actively strives for life or actively strives for death.
“Field mice are weak creatures, but they build their homes on mountains.”
One’s life is founded on the gaps between one’s perception of the world, one’s perception of self, and one’s perception of one’s ego. But what use is binding oneself to negative space? The path to narrowing the gaps lies not in focusing on those gaps themselves but on seeing oneself and the world as they are. This path is always navigable because there between you and your ego, between your eyes and the world, there is nothing to limit a deep and penetrating understanding.