Telepathy Works is a physical-mental practice, dealing with collective consciousness and movement. It aims to stimulate synchronicity of thought and action between two people (or more) and summon telepathic moments. It promotes thinking on telepathy as a human ability that can be developed rather than a supernatural phenomenon.
Seeing the human body as a central common dominator to all human beings, the practice relies and advances body sensibilities as a primer resource for connecting and communicating with others. Through various exercises, we will enhance our capacity for listening and becoming attentive towards ourselves and others. We will work with different modes of mental imaging and explore their power to change what we perceive, feel and do. At last, we will follow longer procedures, through which we will establish an (imaginary) emphatic relationship with another person. In these frameworks, we will use the tools we gained to instantly initiate a common action with our partner independent of verbal dialogue or protocols of collective decision making.
The practice sessions will happen both online and as live events. They invite investigation and a critical reflection on how bodily and interpersonal knowledge can be shared through a digital media.
Participants: Tea Maršanić, Mia Štark, Sonja Müller, Noga Or Yam, Naama Roth, Karolina Gaja Rupnik Caruso, Rotem Volk, Maayan Danoch
2021, April 20
Noga and I «Arm Reaching» Studio
With closed eyes, Noga and I are trying to lift our right arm as if we want to touch the other’s shoulder. We try to do the action at the same time.
Noga and I «Conversation Excerpt»
What is the difference between practicing with a partner, who is present with you in the studio or with a partner via zoom?
Noga: It is different but it doesn’t necessarily mean that one condition is better than another for succeeding in the task. I thought that it would be easier for me to predict the next of move of the person standing right next to me. But in fact, it wasn’t. There was not such a big gap in the results of the two experiences. Nonetheless, I do think that sharing the same space or not with the other person does make a difference. I found myself thinking a lot about the space, in which we are in and what it allows us to do. Working with Sonja (zoom partner), I had to imagine her and her space much more because I can only see her flat on the screen. Your presence (Maayan’s — partner in the studio) and energy were much more tangible to me than Sonja’s, but as I said, feeling you didn’t necessarily help me to predict what you will do next. This experience made me think about how much we imagine as part of our reality. My imagination was very much active in both cases. It was interesting because in any case it made it clear that we very much set an intention and act out of our own body.
Maayan: I think you need a lot of trust to try to do an exercise like this. The exercises are simple but also difficult. There’s this need for them to work, for us to succeed and sometimes it doesn’t help. Sometimes it helps to do something without being bothered what’s the outcome. The reduction of the feeling on zoom is dramatic and I hate it. But on the other hand, I feel it allows a certain distance so succeeding in the task isn’t that dramatic. I see it also in different situations, how certain dialogues become possible when one feels a certain distance that allows oneself to be a bit more comfortable. The closeness in some situations can also become a barrier because sometimes things can become more real than are, more risky and so it becomes difficult to be at ease and make space to simply be next to another person, feel the other person and act from a shared place.
Noga: With that said, I think that what is difficult on zoom is that you see yourself. You can witness yourself in a situation but almost from the outside. It is very difficult for me to see myself because I become busy with it, with how I am in a situation, which is something I don’t think about in daily life.
Maayan: That is the other side of the coin. An extra dose of self consciousness can also become a barrier.
Rotem and I «What’s Next – open eyes» Studio
Starting from the same position, Rotem and I try to imagine a movement we are both going to do. Then we both try to do what we imagined at the same time, without adjusting it in real time. When we finish moving, we return back to the same starting point, and repeat the exercise few times. Will we succeed? How do you/we evaluate success? Can you identify moments, in which we might no do the exact same movement, however, you feel a synchronicity between us? What similarities can you find in what we do?
Rotem and I «What’s Next – closed eyes» Studio
Rotem and I repeat the previous exercise but this time with closed eyes. Will we be more or less synchronised? Seeing each other gives us a clearer sense what the other is doing, where did she move, how quick or slow, etc. We can study our partner and in time might achieve more in synched actions and intentions. People say, if you want to be able to predict the future, we need to become aware of maximum possibilities. No human can predict all possible scenarios. We know too little. How much of this practice is based on studying probabilities or on intuitive choice making? Are the analytic and intuitive distinctively different? Perhaps.. but they definitely rely, lean and feed one another. Perhaps the intuitive choice is only classified as such because its underlying sense remains still a mystery to us, a riddle, unsolved or hidden.
2021, April 26
Naama and I «What’s Next – closed eyes» Zoom
With eyes closed and via zoom, Naama and I ry to imagine a movement we are both going to do. Then we both try to do what we imagined at the same time, without adjusting it in real time. When we finish moving, we return back to the same starting point, and repeat the exercise few times.
Though we didn’t manage to perform the same movement and wasn’t always synched in time, what I find interesting is that I still do get a sense of continuity within our choices. In example, in 00:30 Naama is tilting to the left size, leaving the arms up as if she’s moving the whole starting point to the side. Following that I bend to the front, letting the arms that are extended upwards to follow the curve. The two movements might no be same, however, they follow the principle of shifting, bending the torso somewhere and letting the arms come with it. Naama’s next move is interlacing the fingers (00:48), flipping them to the ceiling. My next move is holding the right wrist with the left hand (01:00). Though these are two different actions, I see the hands as a shared motif for both. I find more connections as such to follow, either in the timing of the actions, their order of motif but especially in that synchronous opening of the eyes as a sign of ending.
Mia and Tea «What’s Next – closed eyes» Zoom
Mia and Tea are following the same exercise as described in document 4. They are both is eyes closed, however, this time we defined the right arm as the motif of all movements in this exercise. This additional limitation reduces the participants’ movement possibility in order to help them achieve total synchronicity (in all movement parameters). In this take, I believe we can witness an obvious gap/difference in Tea’s (on the left side of the screen) and Mia’s (on the right) sense of time. But suddenly, quite in the beginning, occurs a clear magical moment of togetherness both in the total form and time of finishing the action. I was touched.
Gaja, Mia, Tea and I «Conversation Excerpt» Zoom
An excerpt from a conversation between Gaja, Mia, Tea and I about the difference between practicing the exercises via zoom or in the presence of others in the studio. Gaja, Mia and Tea participated in Telepathy Works workshop, which took place in Fronta Festival for Contemporary Dance in Murska Sobota in Summer 2019. The workshop was concluded in a performance in a public space. In the conversation, they compare our zoom practice session to their experience in the summer two years ago and how they integrate the memory of the live practice in the zoom session.