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Observatory / Astronomical Association Ursa

Kaivopuisto, Helsinki

(N/lat 60° 9.318’, E/lon 24° 57.518’)

Star, a medium-sized star is born as an interstellar cloud begins to condense. It is held together by gravity and, for the majority of its existence, radiates bright light and lives about ten billion years until the pressure inside it begins to reduce and material starts to cave in towards the star’s core. In the end of stellar evolution, the star gradually dies away. First it becomes a red giant, and then — when all the hydrogen in the core is fused to helium - the core collapses into a dense,
hot, white dwarf. The outer layers expand slowly, becoming a planetary
nebula.

Ursa
Star chart now



A question and a proposal

Our time has been called the age of global performance; it has been said that performance and spectatorship define us living at the beginning of 21st century. At the same time we are living in an age of ecological crises, and many researchers consider the extinctions of animal species to be our greatest thread.

How would it be possible to find a way out of the performative society, or at least move to its periphery, and change the meaning of spectatorship?


A proposal: Create a performance with non-human actor(s), or create a performance for a non-human spectator. Other than human, as non-human agents, we mean here beings and processes of “nature”: other animals, plants, phenomena of weather, various durational processes. If you wish to share your experiences, you can do it via the Chronopolitics Facebook page. But public sharing might not be the most meaningful way to approach this issue in the performative societies. You can also contact Maus&Orlovski performance collective by e-mail: info@chronopoliticsmemoperformance.fi