Simulation 1.6 – God's Eye
Performed for Dogmilk Degustations at Miscellanea, 2022
Taking cue from Hito Steyerl's essay In Free Fall: A Thought Experiment on Vertical Perspective, this simulated work considers the world from a 'god's eye' perspective, i.e. from the position of looking down at the world, as a god, satellite or drone might do.
For this work, I strapped an iPhone to a long pole round my waist, and live-streamed the performance from top-down, projected onto a large screen backdrop. This technique provided the audience with two live perspectives from which to consider the scripted monologue.
Stand behind the audience, facing the stage.
You are standing on the inside looking at the world.
You can see the entire world.
From all possible perspectives the world appears to be, all at once.
Walk to the stage.
The whole thing at once. No horizon.
Stand on stage, look at the ground.
Just an infinite stage.
Look up into the eye of the camera.
You look up and see all of it, floating; that's God's head where the sun’s shining.
Slowly crouch down with a straight back.
You see all of it at once.
What a mess.
Crawl around on the ground.
Every single element in the world -- the dirt on your shoes, the paint on the wall, the beans on the kitchen floor -- everything.
You and me and this planet that we know, and the Sun and everything in between.
It's all the same time, for all of us.
There is no beginning or end.
But we have to see it all, if we want to know it.
That's what it means to be God.
If you can't see or feel it all, you can't know it.
Approach the screen, stand up, look directly at self.
You have to look right at it.
I am on an infinite stage, but I am separated from it by the width of a fence.
Your consciousness is a dividing wall between the stage and yourself.