“Fiction is a reality yet to happen” arises from an interest on Possible Worlds theories and its search for truth within fiction. That is to say, the coherence in a narration that allows writer and public to make a pact of trust.
My objective is to analyse our world through fiction. To do so, I have taken our world as a starting point and I have modified one natural or social law in order to analyse all the consequences that this change would cause.
The project consists of 9 audio installations presented together with drawings, sculptures or installations that in no way illustrate the audio but offer other possibilities and add information to the story being told.
My objective is to analyse what is “real” through the “unreal”. In addition, there is an attempt to break with a conception of the world that is based on opposites (good / bad, truth / lie …), inheritance of a positivist tradition that believes that truth resides in what humanity can perceive and scientifically prove.
“The parts of the body have no assigned place. While you sleep, your body transforms: the arrangement of your limbs and other external features changes and your organs reposition themselves, adapting to each new configuration. (…)”
“(…)Disability is a variable and temporary concept. People who are blind, deaf, paralysed or have some permanently damaged sense have the advantage that their other faculties are more developed. Many work as body psychologists, a profession that involves helping others to develop their dexterity and to adapt to the loss of bodily control. (…)”
“(…)There are two philosophies in sport. Firstly, there are those who advocate forming teams with lots of players so that you have a large number of substitutes. In this way, on the day of the big match, the team is chosen from among those who have the most suitable bodily arrangement. Others, however, are in favour of a type of purist approach to sport based on training any bodily arrangement to compete and accepting chance. In this case, if a long-distance runner wakes up with one leg on his head and another on his bottom, he will have to drag himself as fast as he can around the track. In the case of team sports, the weaknesses of some can be compensated for through collaboration.(…)”
“(…)Sometimes it is possible to carry out almost supernatural feats. An athlete with all four limbs in the same place will be able to run twice as fast, and a pianist who finds his extremities have all emerged from his arms will be able to play pieces composed for twenty digits.(…)”
“People can see in white and just one other colour: some are born with the ability to see cyan (known as the Cyaneans), others magenta (the Magentans), others still yellow (the Yellovians), while the rest see only in white and black (the Blackians). Each group has a very different perception of the world. There are things in every colour, but we can only see those objects that match our colour vision; the other colours are invisible to us and we see right through them.
The Yellovians are the only ones capable of seeing lemons, and the sea is practically invisible to everyone but the Cyaneans. Consequently, three-quarters of the population can only see bits of fish and a few reflections of colours floating about in thin air.”
“(…)brown is the only colour that the whole of humanity is capable of perceiving. But each colour vision group sees a part of it. (…) Consequently, stains are approved of and poo is a very common topic of conversation. It is the most widely used subject of discussion with people we have just met, as everyone can see it and there is no reason for misunderstandings. Talking about the weather is very bad manners. If, for example, a Yellovian were to say to a Blackian “It’s a very nice day, isn’t it?”, the Blackian would have no idea how to reply. How can he if he is unable to say whether it is sunny or not?(…)”
“We are all born exactly alike: we have the same face, the same colour skin, the same level of intelligence. The only differences between people of our own gender are age and character.
(…) Hair-dressing and make-up are highly experimental. The term ‘good-looking’ does not exist; what matters is standing out from everyone else.”
“The need to distinguish oneself from others has led to a fashion for amputation. (…) Some have even had the amputated part re-implanted elsewhere on their body. (…)
There are some people who do not want to stand out. These are not just the shy but also the thieves and forgers. Those who step into the shoes of lovers, for example, temporarily usurp another’s identity in order to commit rape. As all DNA samples are identical, it is impossible to determine the identity of the attacker. Consequently, friends and lovers usually have agreed systems of words between them. If it is you, answer “ant” when I tell you “I love you.”
“Antihomonysemy is a doctrine that has a growing band of followers among people yearning for a simpler world, people who look back with longing at those years when ‘apple’ and ‘blackberry’ were fruit and nothing more. None of these people want to give up their mobile phone; they just want them to be edible. They want each word to refer to one thing. Thus, when eating cornflakes, they would not have to worry that they were committing an act of cannibalism and eating the flakes of a hard patch on someone’s foot. Antihomonysemics advocate a way of life that embraces a number of disparate concepts.”
“Antihomonysemy requires responsibility and concentration. Before leaving the house, you have to make sure you have got your ‘survival kit’, a lighter, a billiard cue and a container with sea water in it. Without these objects, antihomonysemic interaction is impossible. If you want to wave goodbye to someone, you need to be able to make a small wave. If you need to join a queue, you have to have a cue to hand. And a cue is also useful in case you ever need to defend yourself by hitting someone over the head.”
“Things that are the same shape swap places. One day we might wake up to find some other kind of sphere in our eye socket. (…) It takes time to get used to seeing with spheres such as the Earth. The movement of the planet’s rotation can make you feel dizzy. When this occurs, some people fear for their privacy and do not like the fact that the entire planet is witness to their lives. (…)”
“There are pros and cons to a changing world. It is magical when grains of sand on a beach turn into glitter or confetti. If our veins turn into rivers, we no longer need to drink, and we can eat the fish inside us. But of course, there are some drawbacks: it is quite uncomfortable and smelly, for example, when roads turn into intestines (…)”
“(…) To adapt to a habitat that is constantly transforming, you have to be extremely careful, especially when eating. A triangular piece of pizza could turn into a nacho or a piece of cheese, but also into a pyramid. Everyone knows it is important to be on the alert before chewing on a pyramid. You have to wait for your teeth to turn into more hardwearing rectangles such as iron ingots or steel plates. Sometimes life can become easier: why not wait for your dental canines to become slices of pizza?”
“Everything needs to have a function. Non-productivity is illegal. There are no beautiful or decorative objects, and art and contemplation are subject to prosecution.
At the age of 18, you undergo a physical functionality assessment in which specialist medics ensure that every part of your body fulfils a purpose. If it does not, it is removed.”
“Holes disappear. When the ground is dug out, it regenerates and the wounds heal over spontaneously. (…)
Among humans, as in other living beings, ageing means that every cavity in the body gradually shrinks in size. To delay ageing, many people regularly subject themselves to urine drainage and to a process popularly known as poo extraction.”
“We are unable to perceive the effects of the passing of time. Everyone looks to us to be the same age as when we first met them. (…)”
People rarely introduce their parents to their friends: because you still look like a baby to your mother and father, they cannot help but pick you up and talk to you as if you have no understanding of anything.” (…)
“Some families decide to give their children up for temporary adoption as a way to avoid seeing them forever as babies. They relinquish the opportunity to bring them up in the hope that they will create an adult bond in the future. To achieve this, these parents must abstain from seeing, hearing, touching and smelling the baby once the umbilical cord has been cut. This immediate separation means that parents and their offspring do not know each other and can meet up again once the child has come of age. There are parents who are unable to give up their babies and instead join networks of parents that operate on the edge of the law.” (…)
Pictures by Pere Pratdesaba