The basic action of this performance consisted of alternating the lecture of three texts. The title of the first text was "Brief essay of symbolical construction" contained, in fact, within the installation. The other two were titled "What is the Nirvana" and "The origin of the ideas in Plato's philosophy".
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"Brief essay..." was, as a matter of fact, a text merged from many writings (and literary contexts). Syntactically, it was constructed so that passing from one sequence to another was imperceptible. Therefore, the text created the illusion of meditative meaning (maybe somewhat difficult to elucidate considering the lack of a true meditative coherence and, secondly, the complexity or abstraction level of the related meditative sequences. Oppositely, this text was in fact just mere structure, mere construction. After all, it was a trap thrown to the reader. The key to grasp its real meaning could be found in Roman Jacobson’s quotation: "The meaning of a word may be established in accordance with the psychological reaction of the person who receives it: this is the pragmatic aspect of the meaning".
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As a complement to "Brief essay of symbolical construction", there was another "experiment" within the installation, this one would be called "Brief essay of symbolic construction". The latter consisted in a small glass case filled with visible words cut-out from paper. Inside the case, these words were like osseous residues which remained from a previous semantic discourse.
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The "strategy" used in the performance was used as well in elaborating "Brief essay of construction..." but in this case the text was read together with the other two mentioned before, alternating one and another. Some other details should be added: the voice was amplified through a loudspeaker, occasionally (and intentionally) causing feed-back, so eventually both (voice and feed-back) melted in one, turning into pure sonorous substance. On the other hand, a tape player reproduced the sound of a linotype (old machine used for presswork) functioning as a musical accompaniment of the action.

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