Telephone Poles is a long durational performative installation. In front of the performer (Giorgio Bassil), a balance scale and a very long entangled cotton thread are placed on the floor. Each side of the thread is attached to a small wooden cylinder.
The performer is unwinding and rolling it onto the two identical cylinders.
To reach the unmarked point in the middle of the thread, the artist is constantly weighing both sticks using the balance scale. When the sticks are not balanced, he unwinds the thread from the lighter cylinder to maintain the balance.
While unwinding one side, the public is invited to imitate and unwind the other side, using the other stick.
Performing alone or with the public, he keeps repeating the same process and maintaining the balance until the rope is all rolled on both sticks and the middle point is found.
The result of this performance is two connected spools, each rolled on a wooden cylinder, resting equally on each side of the scale.
Finding the middle point with someone from the public is similar to having a discussion with a stranger and meeting halfway.
On another level, the performance is an example of the best way of settling in an inner place of soft focus and ease: to find a sense of balance between different sides, feelings or ideas in one’s own head.
The spectator, by taking the role of a performer, aims to dissolve the division between the two roles, and is open to have an experimental performative conversation that requires patience and observation.
Artists Giorgio Bassil
07 06 2019 18:30