Date: 22nd of October, 21:00
Duration: 30 min
Imagine a world in which every time a route is walked one way, it must immediately be walked back the other way. Any movement in one direction is followed by its mirror movement in the opposite direction. Any thought in one direction is followed by its mirror thought in the opposite direction. Any time the arm moves forward, it moves backwards on the same line. Body moves forward, body moves backwards. Rock goes up the hill, rock rolls down the hill. Buster goes up the stairs, Buster comes back down in the elevator. Astronaut goes to the Moon, astronaut returns from the Moon. Meaning goes one way, meaning goes the other way. I know something you don’t know, you know something I don’t know.
If Foreign Language for Beginners was about the tension between world and word, The Way to Go is about the tension between world and world. The imperceptible vibration of standing still and encountering visitors in language extends into the wider amplitude of oscillating one’s way out of stillness. Gravity holds us tied to the Earth in the same way it drags the stone down the hill and thought back to where it set out from. You go up, you are dragged back down. The pendulum goes left, it is dragged back to the right.
Irina Gheorghe studied painting and photography at the University of Arts Bucharest but ended up making work whose final form involved being physically present. She is interested in deviation as a way to twist this presence, in ambiguity as a language to address visitors from another world, and vagueness as a method to access this other world while never leaving this one. Irina confounded the artist duo The Bureau of Melodramatic Research to investigate how passions shape contemporary society, as well as our affective relationship to an awe-inspiring unhuman universe. She is also co-founder of Bezna. Her protects were shown in rhiz Vienna, Times Museum Guangzhou, WING Hong Kong, HOME Manchester, CAC Vilnius, National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, bak Utrecht, mumok Vienna, National Dance Center Bucharest, DEPO Istanbul, Ujazdowsky Castle Warsaw, messagesalon Zurich, Center for Visual Introspection Bucharest etc.