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Peru and Laos

21st of June 2019

Ištvan Išt Huzjan,

Olivier Bellflamme & Viriya Chotpanyavisut




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Recognizing a Circle,   2019
14 objects comming from antipodal places







Dear Ištvan,

I have sometimes wondered if somebody is thinking about me on the antipode. As if my mind was reflecting into his mind, this person and I would have the same question at the same instant. I am curious about this possible otherness, so close and so far from me. This person would be a kind of upside-down image of myself and I have a certain feeling of fraternity with this probable stranger.

Today, I know that we are both thinking about each other, at the same instant and in diametrically opposite places on earth; today, this feeling is rationally expressing itself. This impression is not imaginary anymore. I feel very close to you even though we couldn’t be farther apart.

It is 5:45 for you and 5:45 for me, the sun is neither setting nor rising. The zenith light is surely hitting the Pacific Ocean at this moment. On your side, you are still on the 21st of June. It is already the 22nd here. It is the winter solstice for you and the summer solstice for me.

We are both facing the same dazzling star. You are turned to the west and I am turned to the east. However, we are both looking in the same direction. We stand up waiting for this infinitesimal instant to happen. This instant when day and night exchange their share until the next solstice, signing the seasonal transition. For an instant, our weight is subtracted at the centre of the earth.

You are taking a picture of the sun, halfway disappeared; I am taking a picture of the sun, halfway appeared. To recreate a complete image of this precise instant, we will have to draw a 10,000km long quarter of circle each to share our negatives and our stories. On the 21st of June, you have recorded the day in the Peruvian Andes, from the sunrise to the sunset. Symmetrically, after having met you on the other side at 5:45am on the 22nd, I will record the day following the solstice, on Si Phan Don, an archipelago of the Mekong, from the sunrise to the sunset.

We are together forming a choreography, designing a circle of 40,000 kilometres of the earth’s circumference. This circle brings together two individual bodies, free in space, that decided to submit their movement to a pre-established project, a form of ritual. We find circles in many rituals, artefacts, and cosmological representations. Taking an example from physics, where planets are shaped by gravity and move in orbits.

These circles are physical products but are also a product of destiny. As the atoms brought together by an artisan into a circle of ceramic after having chaotically been lost into infinite space, separated atoms are somehow linked together into a creation, destined itself to be destroyed and liberated, again, into the chaotic void. There is an infinity of ways for bodies to move in space, but as this planet or these crafted objects show, sometimes perfect geometry can arise thanks to destiny: through immutable physical forces, or through an artist’s mind.

See you on the other side.

Regards,

Olivier



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