Immortality and infinity This is a philosophical performance work on the subject of immortality and infinity of our world. The artist creates a visualisation of the... Read More
Immortality and infinity
This is a philosophical performance work on the subject of immortality and infinity of our world.
The artist creates a visualisation of the concept of immortality from a sci-fi point of view.
The performance involves an artist and some randomly recruited participants.
Participants become an improvised canvas by forming a circle. The artist in the centre of the circle "awakens" and starts her work (the process of creating a painting).
With a brush of black paint, she paints over the shoulders of the participants dressed in white T-shirts and finally closes the circle.
This completes the work.
The artist returns to the centre of the circle and "falls asleep", the participants disperse.
In this performance, the completed painting exists in its “final” form for an insignificant fraction of time, then its form begins to change continuously, with every breath and movement of the participants.
When the participants cease to be as single canvas, they take a part of the painting with them in the form of a t-shirt and are free to do whatever they want with it. Someone will wear a t-shirt, someone will put it in a closet and forget about it, someone will throw it away – and this is also a continuation of the journey.
The painting continues to exist, but its form is constantly changing and this is the whole essence of our life. In this the artist sees immortality.
The meaning of the work is in direct analogy with the processes taking place in the world. Everything consists of micro-particles, quarks. Quark is immortal and endless. Changes in a living organism occur continuously, cells are renewed, organs are working... Every fraction of a second our form changes and will never repeat itself.
When we die, we do not disappear, but we change in form. We disintegrate into a huge number of micro-particles, and each of them continues on its way. Perhaps one of them or a group of these particles will become a part of a new living organism. This way the theory of reincarnation can be explained, as well as many other theories and beliefs.
We know that everything in the Universe is made up of quarks - mysterious particles that actively participate in gravitational and electromagnetic interactions.
Quark is the smallest particle of the universe. It is from quarks that all the electrons, neutrons and protons of atoms consist, each of which was formed 13.7 billion years ago immediately after the Big Bang. A few minutes after the birth of the Universe, our universe was able to cool down so much that the first elementary particles, quarks and electrons, were able to form. The quarks combined with each other to form the nuclei of atoms. After about 400,000 years, the Universe was able to cool down enough that electrons slowed down, allowing atomic nuclei to capture them. This is how all the space – visible and invisible to us – was able to acquire the first atoms of helium and hydrogen, which, by the way, are still the most widespread substances in the Universe.
As mentioned above, absolutely all elementary particles are composed of quarks. which represent the basis of the Universe. Interesting fact: The name "quark" was taken in one of the novels of the famous modernist writer James Joyce of the 20th century, who decided to use an unusual word to denote the sound played by ducks.
The quarks themselves are subdivided into 6 so-called “flavours”, each of which has its own characteristics or “colour”. In addition, each of the 6 types of quarks has its own very original name. So, in addition to the down and up quarks, there are also strange, charmed, adorable and true quarks.
Of course, the “weirdness” or “charm” of quarks is very different from the concepts we are used to. In the same way, like the concept of the colour of quarks, in fact, it does not mean their shade, but the way of interaction of quarks and other micro-particles - gluons. Well, the fantasy of scientists can sometimes surprise.
In any case, quarks are truly unique particles, which the existence of our Universe as we know itdepends upon in every sense. Perhaps the mystery of the Big Bang and our comprehension of the basic laws of the Universe really depend on one tiny “grain of sand”, which is thousands and thousands of times smaller than an atom.