Outside Eye: Felix M. Ott
Third Eye: Diego Agulló
With Dmitry Paranyushkin, Emily Ranford, Bahar Temiz
„Now war is based on deception. Move when it is advantageous and create changes in the situation by dispersal and concentration of forces.“ – Sun Tzu
The notion of war has been accompanying humanity from its very inception, intrinsically linked to violence, destruction, and sensationalism. The concept of warfare in the 21st century has shifted from the traditional “frontal” approach to the so-called “network warfare”. The highly educated, tolerant and sensitive Western mind shuns away war (and conflict) just like it shuns away death, preferring to have it in a way that is mediated, to avoid the direct (body) experience of it.
As a result, the effects of warfare on the body itself are often compartmentalized to the kind of imagery that is merely shocking and sensational. Warfare is then (mis)understood as a kind of violent and destructive exercise only. The focus is mainly on the devastating results, excluding the actual practice and physical processes through which war shapes the human body society.
We propose to approach war from a different perspective. To study the physical, psychological, spiritual and political implications of war as a physical practice on the human body.
Warfare as practice of non-destruction.
Warfare as study of natural dynamics.
Warfare as dance.
In order to do that, we will utilise the Russian military martial art Systema, as well as various training techniques used in warfare around the world.Systema, as a physical practice, has all of those principles embedded on the level of movement. Starting from connecting to the natural rhythms of the body, it is based on oscillation and redirection as the two main dynamical elements of combat .
Our intention is bring the notion of war back to its origin, towards the natural processes of non-destruction and adaptability, to transform the practice of war into the practice of dance, and to introduce dance into war.