Projects:
◘○←■→●◙ (pronounced “in a square”) is a piece by Jaanus Siniväli in collaboration with 
Karolin Poska, Jimmy Offesson and Theodore Lee Parker. 
General concept, visuals, recorded sounds, 
modular synthesizer – Jaanus Siniväli [jaanussinivali.com] 
Movement, concept for movement – Karolin Poska [karolinposka.com] 
Movement, concept for movement – Jimmy Offesson 
Electric guitar – Theodore Lee Parker

Support: Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT), Hochschule für Musik und Theatre 
Hamburg (HfMT), Estonian Cultural Endovment

Base texts for the relational system: 

A human being is spirit. But what is spirit? Spirit is the self. But what is the self? The self is a relation that relates itself to itself or is the relation's relating itself to itself in the relation; the self is not the relation but is the relation's relating itself to itself. A human being is a synthesis of the infinite and the finite, of the temporal and eternal, of freedom and necessity, in a short, a synthesis. A synthesis is a relation between two. Considered in this way, a human being is not a self. 

In the relation between two, the relation is the third as a negative unity, and the two relate to the relation and in the relation to the relation; thus under the qualification of the psychical the relation between the psychical and physical is a relation. If, however, the relation relates itself to itself, this relation is the positive third, and this is the self. 

Such a relation that relates itself to itself, a self, must either have established itself or have been established by another. 

If the relation that relates itself to itself has been established by another, then the relation is indeed the third, but this relation, the third, is yet again a relation and relates itself to that which established the entire relation

(S. Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death)


To man the world is twofold, in accordance with his twofold attitude. 
The attitude of man is twofold, in accordance with the twofold nature of the primary words which he speaks. 
The primary words are not isolated words, but combined words. 
The one primary word is the combination I-Thou. 
The other primary word is the combination I-It;
wherein, without a change in the primary word, one of the words He and She can replace It. 
Hence the I of man is also twofold. 
For the I of the primary word I-Thou is a different I from that of the primary word I-It. 

/---/ 

When Thou is spoken, the speaker has no thing for his object. For where there is a thing there is another thing. Every It is bounded by others; It exists only through being bounded by others. But when Thou is spoken, there is no thing. Thou has no bounds. When Thou is spoken, the speaker has no thing; he has indeed nothing. But he takes his stand in relation. 

/---/ 

As experience, the world belongs to the primary word I-It. The primary word I-Thou 
establishes the world of relation. 

(M.Buber, I and Thou)
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