The left hand of darkness

Stakra

Sara Bonaventura

The left hand of darkness

“Light is the left hand of darkness and darkness the right hand of light. Two are one, life and death… like hands joined together”

Ursula K. Le Guin, The left hand of darkness

This is a tribute to Vasulka, recording in real time my left hand while the right hand was adjusting knobs and patching oscillators, of a Jones Raster Scan, similar to the Rutt/Etra Scan Processor, built by Dave Jones and powered by Signal Culture. It is a process of prosthetization in which a familiar part of the body becomes alien, sucked by the uncanny vortex of the machines, in which we believe to see a glimpse of creation, when two index fingers touch each others, but the triangulation ends up with an unsettling unity. In Mandarin: 孤掌难鸣 (It’s hard to clap with only one hand).

Sountrack: Handplant, by EVN, Oh Cruel Science album, Enklav label

Stakra

It’s a mystical and hallucinatory journey of a resilient subject, not yet completely seduced by the machines; entangled in their challenging system, but radiating dynamism while struggling for self determination.
Getting lost, falling apart, splitting, vanishing and resetting. Finding balance in between. The performer is Annamaria Ajmone. Soundtrack by Von Tesla. A choreography processed with analog synths and a wobbulator, a modified monitor known as Paik Raster Manipulation Unit, at Signal Culture.

Soundtrack: Von Tesla