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the G.Z. is a carefully curated experiment on perception of Self in relation with the Other.

the gaze is an act of both:

seeing and being seen.

 

when gazing at what exists one tends to apply meaning to things that might be differently perceived by various organisms. We are aiming towards the attempt to shift the perception of Self (a gazing subject applying meaning to the objects in its environment), to the object intra-acting with another objects on the same level of agency. It is also a playful way to engage with storytelling and narrative-based approach to the absurdity of being alive, having the world as a stage full of actors.

why in situ?

we gather in the environments directly related to the exploratory venues. The main purpose of applying this approach is to immerse in the relations of objects creating given environment, rather than to examine them in the void.

who?

we are in a constant search for the radical, conflicted minds, coming from different fields and parts of the world. The initiative is fundamentally process-driven (the participants and the conductors remain in a constant flux).

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how is the meeting place decided upon?

the current curatorial team organizes the chaos of the outside applications. Everyone interested can propose the meeting, if chosen, one can help with co-organising the trip and stay for those travelling from afar.

It leads us to some unexpected places, as the meeting points emerge through the people crossing our paths.

what is the structure of a meeting?

the meetings take accordingly different forms, eg.: of workshops, debates, performances, rituals, explorations, yet undescribed experiments.

does it cost anything?

as a non-profit initiative, we try to preserve the meetings on the minimum financial costs. If needed, the budget is distributed accordingly to the financial possibilities of people taking part in the given event. 

can I take a peek into the gazing if not being able to attend?

we value the privacy, intimacy and unique atmosphere accompanying each tryst. The documentation of the events varies in form, depending on the general consent of the participants. 

do the Gazing Zones have any geological limitations?

no geological limitations. The more conflicted and harder to access the environment is (e.g. data center, coral reef, an island) the bigger challenge, but we can thrive in the most common places (e.g. kitchens, fields of lava ((yeah, depends on the local norm)) or a zoo ). 

However we do follow or question our ethical and moral concerns when choosing the place, understanding the consequences of our presence in a given surrounding.

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materials that might bring in a better understanding of the current ferment of ours:

Jakob von Uexküll's Umwelt theory

Jesper Hoffmeyer

Signs of Meaning in the Universe

Francis Ponge´s 

poetry

Lynn Margulis

Symbiotic Planet
 

Wisława Szymborska
The Silence of Plants

Four Tet

Insect Near Piha Beach

for the urgent connection feel encouraged to keep in touch with the current curatorial team in Telegram app

@thegazingzone