Hong-Kai Wang

Oath of Love

Love, says the French philosopher Alain Badiou, "is not a contract between two narcissists. It's more than that. It's a construction that compels the participants to go beyond narcissism. In order that love lasts one has to reinvent oneself" [1]

What about love in the form of local loyalty? How does one relate to the making of it? What does it mean to be local in this age of trans-local living conditions.

The project Oath of Love investigates the question of ‘harmony and relation’ through collaborating with Hökarängen-based  'Konsensus Kören' and the Stockholm-based experimental music ensemble ‘The Great Learning Orchestra’. These two groups are invited to perform and to interpret an English text composition entitled “The definition of good manners is to ask three questions to every one answer” written for this performance by the Australian composer Chris Mann in a dialogic fashion. Together with local participants, they will work together to organize and reconfigure the set of questions proposed by Mann’s text in efforts of generating a conversation.

The German composer Herbert Brün once eloquently put it, “If a country music group invented atonal aperiodic country, it would change the meaning of country, and would be a sign of change in the country and would be a change towards creating an atonal aperiodic country, and we could begin to imagine there were no country.”

Oath of Love seeks to explore the meaning of ‘local’ and to interrogate the visible/invisible border that defines it.

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[1] Jeffries, Stuart. “Alain Badiou: a life in writing”. The Guardian (London). 18 May 2012.

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