Beginningless Mind: (rivers, rhythms, rituals) \\ Marija Bozinovska Jones

The new edition of Beginningless Mind activates embodied knowledge through movement, in collaboration with choreographer Franka Marlene Foth.

In search of a sense of belonging through a shared reality, Beginningless Mind probes collective worldmaking. The work voices Wikipedia as a knowledge commons and maps it onto web searches using Natural Language Processing, a subfield of artificial intelligence. The optimized search engine results produced by algorithms which index knowledge, are translated into a kinesthetic vernacular, in a gesture where the verbal collapses meaning onto movement.

To transcend the limitations of language, Beginningless Mind observes the mind as embodied intelligence with porous boundaries. A view of the body as a collective assemblage of material and social multitudes, queers the nature-culture divide. Starting where we are, we can begin to refine our consciousness towards universal kinship.

The audiovisual event will premiere atandfestival.org.uk/live on Saturday 12 June, followed by a live conversation, and will be available to watch until Sunday 11 July 2021.

Soundtrack: 33EMYBW and GG Biberkopf
NLP programming: Jayson Haebich
Voice: Natasha Kerry
Choreography: Franka Marlene Foth

Beginningless Mind by Marija Bozinovska Jones was originally commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices, University of Salford Art Collection and Somerset House Studios. Produced by Abandon Normal Devices for AND Festival 2021 and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.