Duration: 90 minutes
Commissioned by Para Site for 'Noble Rot'
Jan 28 - April 24, 2022
How have we become inured to bearing collective pain and trauma?
-less expands on the concept of learned helplessness through a ritualistic approach to repetitive and durational bodily acts. In psychology, learned helplessness refers to a feeling of a lack of control when one faces repetitive aversive stimuli: events that induce changes in behaviour through negative reinforcement or positive punishment. As feelings and experiences accumulate, one may learn to accept given situations and their own powerlessness, even when alternatives are available. Paradoxically, some may enforce helplessness to increase their endurance under duress by reconstructing original habits and behaviours beyond recognition. Can we remember the cues of autonomy before chaos and distress demanded of us a gradual but total recording of the body’s actions and responses?
Performed on 13 February 2022 at Noble Rot, Para Site, Hong Kong
Video documentation by Wave Channel (Edited by the artist)
Performed on 23 April 2022 at Noble Rot, Para Site, Hong Kong
Photo by Felix Wong
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