The Age of Aquarius

My work as a psychoanalyst has often given me the opportunity to deal with bodies affected by an unstable environment and an uninterrupted, pathologic temporality. One of the symptoms of this temporality is consumption, the governing mode of relating to objects. While definite meaning continually escapes us, we can collect meaningfulness by purchasing, that is to say, representing objects as possessions.

In monetized societies, money is that which deprives us from the possibility of sharing. Money implies private property and exclusion, which are contrary to the recognition of the Continous Body, so insisting upon the ideas of privacy and exclusivity becomes necessary to sustain the delusion of capitalism. That delusion consists in believing the speculative value of money to be a material reality.

The Age of Aquarius is the era of waste and recognition.

We are invited to recognize money and ourselves as waste containers.

Madness and consumption were showcased and problematized through the relation between my naked body and a dead octopus that I bought the morning of that same day in the Barcelona central market of La Boqueria, part of an ever-growing speculative food and touristic business that is connected to the “Barcelona brand” yet disconnected from the causes of speculation and its environmental consequences.

The Age of Aquarius was advertised as a performance of indeterminate length, starting at 5pm, October 3rd, during Barcelona Gallery Weekend. It took place in TPK, L’Hospitalet, in the building of a renowned school of fine arts. I occupied a 4m2 dark grey carpet where I stayed for approximately six hours during which there was barely any interaction with the witnesses. The most noticeable consequence was the scent of the decomposing body of the octopus after several hours of intense manipulation. Several witnesses complained about the action being disgusting or incomprehensible.

 

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