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Ancient Shore

N/lat 60° 15.022’, E/lon 25° 4.631’
(KKJ geographic coordinates)

A rocky outdoor area in a northern suburb of Helsinki, the highest point in the city.

11,000 years ago: the point of retreat of the ice sheets of the last Ice Age, shore of the Yoldia Sea.

May and August 2008: A Performance with an Ocean View (and a Dog) — II Memo of Time by the Maus&Orlovski performance collective.

From March 2010 onwards: Chronopolitics — III Memo of Time.

Viewing from the sky.

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: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.