La Biennale de Momon

La Biennale de Momon

The Fifth Interval

Sound-Action Piece

The work, The Fifth Interval, is an exercise in which I performed a subtle deviation from what I normally do, using automatic writings in conjunction with actions that were carried out privately. The work is about a suggested space, an interrelation between the physical memory of places, an imagined territory, a sensed body and an itinerary taken in reverse.

Visual Works by verbal means


Action performed during La Biennale de Momon Symposium at the Dordrechts Museum, together with Susana Mendes Silva and Joshua Schwebel, September 2021.

Considering space, look for a vase or a tall drinking glass. Put this glass or vase in your bag and go to a place that you have never been before. Feel the weight of your bag and all the adjustments that your body is subtly doing to negotiate the extra weight. Take the time to find a proper place and when you do, look around you and find the center, or what you consider being the center of this place. Put the vase or the tall glass in the center and stand in relation to the vase so that you are slightly off center. Close your eyes for a while. Begin to softly move your head from side to side very slowly, feeling all the changes of light and sound vibrations from one side to the other. Continue this action as long as it makes sense for you. At the end, open your eyes and consider the verticality of your body in proportion to the horizontality of space. Walk to the other side of where you are, continuing to address your relationship to the vase. Standing now on the opposite side of where you were standing before, like a mirror image, close your eyes again and continue to turn your head very slowly from left to right and right to left. Observe the changes or the non-changes. When you have finished this action, open your eyes and remain neutral. In an unanticipated move, break the vase. Consider emptiness. Collect the pieces of broken glass one by one. Put the pieces back into your bag, paying attention to the different sounds of the broken glass. Leave the space.