The Pleasure of Nothing is an attempt to find pleasure in unproductivity, in silence and in “uselessness”.
It 's an act of resistance in a society that praises not wasting time hyperactivity and efficiency.
It's a silent scream of who doesn't want to become a performance subject.
The Pleasure of Nothing is composed by a videoperformance (link at the end of this page) and an Human Site Time Specific performance where, inspired by the philosophical essay The Burnout Society by Byung-Chul Han and starting from my life experiences and doubts, I investigate (alone and with a spectator at time) the concepts of unproductivity, time and uselessness.
The Human/Time/Site Specific format facilitates a very specific investigation with time, space and audience In an unconventional space and during a large frame of time (min. 5 hours non stop), I interact with one spectator at time in order to facilitate a real and genuine encounter with every person.
In this encounter, based on the principle of non-fiction, I abandon the concept of role and make-believe, revealing intimate aspects of myself and share actions that are truly happening in the here and now.
Every encounter is an unique experience that generates very personal responses in the spectator. Performer and spectator are both receptive and responsive to one another in order to share openness and vulnerability; they become both creators and protagonists of a deeply experiential universe.
Concept/Creation: Valentina Carlone
Direction: María Stoyanova
Performer: Valentina Carlone
Duration: Minimum 5 hours no stop
Language: English/Spanish/Italian /French, depending on the language spoken by the spectators
and a Human Site Time Specific performance.
The Pleasure of Nothing has been selected to be published in TAC -Transart Communication Performance Art Festival- 30 Catalogue