Burnt [the eternal long now]
- 26.09 > 01.10.2022
‘Burnt [the eternal long now]’ — LEE\VAKULYA is a piece for stage with three dancers and a sound artist.
The show takes a close look at the dynamic relationship between togetherness and exhaustion through the burn-out syndrome.
According to Dutch sociologist, Fred L. Polak in his book The image of the future (1961), “Every man leads a double life.” For Polak, this dualism was the indispensable prerequisite for the movement of events in time and for the dynamic of historical change. However, today “a double life” seems an understatement. With the quick development of digital technologies in the last decades, how many lives has this led us to lead – simultaneously? How do we (ac)count (for) the myriad of selves we manage across platforms, spaces, profiles, and interfaces?
For us, these “lives” have multiplied over time: the Facebook Self differs from the LinkedIn Self as does the Professional Self of the office calendar, in contrast to the Imaged Self on Instagram or the Quantified Self on one’s FitBit. Within this intense fracturing (and inherent labor), the idea of a “double life” seems romantically simple.
It is no wonder that under the influence of these pulls, tensions, and clashes we become unable – and disabled to cope, let alone act. Imagination requires energy and the mental capacity (space and time) to dream. The mass phenomenon of burn-out directly reflects the troubles of our cultural imagination.