Communication and exploration performance created for a 1-to-1 performance festival in Munich. The work consisted of a game ostensibly without rules or aim. Between the two participants, Ulysses Black and a guest, a non-linguistic dialogue is entered into through the deliberated placing and composition of objects and actions. Meaning is rapidly derived through contemplation, and acted on triggering further apparent meaningfulness. From random objects and the freedom to move and act as desired, a system of rules is established and challenged.
Apophenia was initially designed to be a performance in response to the invitation to perform at the festival. It was during one specific game that its relevance within the Ulysses Black Initiative became apparent when the guest bent three tickets and placed them emulating 'chase the lady'. In retrospect the work forms a direct evolution of the Magician card from the tarot and concerns the manipulation of objects within a perceived 'game space' while drawing direct and indirect observations on the wider world.
The subject of this work and its magical applications are specifically discussed within two forth-coming publications, one being prepared by the Munich venue, and the other by Ulysses Black.