In every situation we find ourselves in, the quest for orientation is our primary conscious or subconscious response, putting space, time and subjectivity in order. Orientation means to have an overview; to define inside and outside, centre and margins, subject and object; to frame situations and anticipate changes; to bear responsibility and make decisions. Only those who orientate themselves can act as sovereign beings, shape their relations to the world and claim ownership. But orientation is fragile, capricious, and deceptive – it can be lost, controversial, or manipulated. All the routines, signposts and technical devices that help us to stay on track cannot prevent the existential experience of lost orientation.
In fact, disorientation is always part of the orientation game – as orientation means to abstract from a situation, impose structures on it and rule out all differing potentials. The loss of orientation, therefore, can also mean regaining connection to the concrete experience of our senses.
This was a light and sound performance made in and for ‘the loods’ in Utrecht. Although the three of us were working together on the concept and narrative, my main focus was on the technical, visual and productional side of the proces.
This project was a collaboration with Julius van IJperen and Lisa Lambregts.