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ONE, TWO, AND MANY | The body that reads, or infinity is the latest instalment in Marta Wengorovius's plastic and participatory artwork ONE, TWO, AND MANY. This visual piece is also a method through which the artist explores issues stemming from intuition and the genesis of movement.

For a better understanding of the respective concepts, we hereby present the Glossary written by the artist.

Glossary:

ONE, TWO, AND MANY
Colour codes—ONE: green; TWO: red; MANY: lilac

ONE, TWO, AND MANY Method
This learning tool is based on improving and knowing oneself and one's field of study while engaging with other individuals and disciplines. ONE, TWO, AND MANY is a plastic work that encourages us to be mindful of Singularity/Interiority (ONE), Intimacy (TWO), and Community (MANY), and their ever-shifting emphases. At its basis is an intersecting, rounded gaze I call Cubist Knowledge, revealing our three-dimensionality and that of the "object" of attention, but also what it reflects in ourselves, our growth, and our maturation. OTM is a void-creating tool that does so by creating space, clearing, digesting.

Method:
The implication of each ONE—a sharing of knowledge.
1. Monologue: The process always begins with ONE and one's reflections, feelings, and interiority. Focus is placed on the First conversation.
2. Dialogue: Next comes the dialogue, with TWO—transcending personal and disciplinary boundaries, and taking on the perspective of three-dimensional Cubist Knowledge. The Lesson is shaped by TWO—the performance: a form of intimacy, stitching things together. An outline is made of what will bring the object to life in the performance, considering what unfolds in time and space.
3. Event: In the third phase, the event—the action—takes place. The object emerges in the performance. In addition to TWO, in the Dialogue, room is made for space, time, others, the group and the act of making things happen, alteration, participation of and within reality. Knowledge and learning arise out of the presence of all these elements as a whole, in what they inspire, awaken, and motivate among themselves.

OTM — Nomadic School
In this work, together and in an interdisciplinary manner, we study Singularity/Interiority (ONE), Parity/Intimacy (TWO), and Community (MANY), and their ever-shifting emphases. An intersecting, rounded gaze reveals the three-dimensionality of the "object" of study and what it reflects within us, in our feelings, our growth, and our maturation. Lessons Under the Trees branch out from two paths, two possible journeys: field exploration of the OTM Method or of the question "What would you teach others in this moment of your life?"

Nomadic Notebooks / Today School Is a Nomadic Notebook
Instructions for the Notebooks:
ONE is when we forget about the balance, the ingenuity, the design of things, and instead remain in them. ONE is thus an encounter, stillness, and infinity. In ONE, we do not seek to understand how things work; rather, we just are there, discovering the present. Nothing shifts from one side to the other. It is: a thing just is. I am mindful of the endemic, the singular, the togetherness of all living things. How does that ONE come into being? And my own? What should I research in my field of knowledge that shows me ONE? What do I know/feel about this ONE? What drawing will I create in this intersection?
TWO is the mechanism, the geometry, how the thing is made. The restlessness, the search for the other side of the other thing. The intimacy. I am mindful of the intimacy amongst all living things. How does TWO come into being? What do I know about these pairs: Eros and Philia; Breathing: Inhaling/Exhaling, Earth/Sky, Conscious/Unconscious… What can I research in my field of knowledge that shows me TWO? What do we know/feel about this TWO? What drawing will I create of this intersection between all knowledge and between knowledge and life themselves?
MANY (the community) is a drawing that was interrupted all over the world. Was this cut in MANY meant for re-examining ONE (the singular, one's interiority) and TWO (intimacy)?
Coming together to create visually is a way to create space and air, to clean the Earth; it presupposes creating by recreating ourselves and producing fewer Things.
A conversation amongst Words, Bodies, and Notebooks.

Utopian Families
Living in what I believe amid families and utopias. Being in the midst of everything, longing to not be special, to be just another one, with others, to be whole, to be intimate with oneself—to be a place in the world, with others. Utopian Families are drawn in each moment, flock, school… and shaped in each journey.

ONE, TWO, AND MANY Library
This work is a library of 60 books that serves as a reflection guide for the OTM Method. Twenty people were invited to choose three books: one related to ONE, another related to TWO, and another related to MANY. Instruction: The Reading Cabin is meant to be used by one person at a time. The books can be read in the cabin or requested from those hosting the project. The sharing of this itinerant library creates a community made up of the people who wrote the books, those who chose them, and those who will read them wherever this library travels.

Cubist Knowledge
A thing can only be fully seen when all its sides are revealed. For some time now, I have been developing this perspective and intuition that true knowledge is cubist. Anything that has revealed itself gains dimensionality when we bring together the different gazes of interdisciplinary thinking. And if we understand that there is infinity within knowledge. We are living in a time of post-specialisation of knowledge. For centuries we have fragmented reality into increasingly smaller pieces of knowledge. Now, more than ever, we are able to bring these diverse perspectives together, but also to create new ones among them and see what I call the three-dimensionality of knowledge—the revealing of the object seen from all sides, just as Picasso and Braque represented still life in painting by walking and looking around the table. Cubist Knowledge is an Affection For… Cubist Knowledge is a sharing of affections. When Cubist Knowledge becomes a work, it embeds infinity into it.

Lessons Under the Trees
The idea of gathering Under the Trees for sharing knowledge first materialised in 2016 in the Serra da Arrábida. It was born out of: 1) the increasing difficulty we face in listening to others, an excess of noise, a need to create a higher-quality time and space for speaking and listening; 2) and the richness of the Classroom as an organic space. All of this is connected to the idea of attention. The first Lesson was held by Claire Nancy. Claire spoke about Medea for eight hours, and we truly absorbed what she had to say. I realised that the trees also helped us absorb something more, bringing along a natural, vibrant silence. I realised that this silence is urgent for us to become available once again.

Sensitivity, Affection, Complexity, and Digestion
These are my four words for creating infinity. I have an intuition that these words serve as pillars for reshaping the present, inventing the future, and making the touch of infinity possible. I see them as an artwork in the drawing they create together.

  • Sensitivity | Restoring feeling—"The ability to feel is beautiful," said Sister Corita Kent, wondering not only why we appreciate and often express joy when someone thinks well, but also whether we should do it more often when someone feels well, thus valuing the ability to feel. Feeling is a movement of the body in response to the world. The nose moves closer to what it wants to smell, the body bends to see more closely, the head tilts to bring the ear closer for listening… absorbing light and energy from what and who surrounds us. My proposal is that we increasingly embrace being not only thinkers but also "feelers."
  • Affection | Remembering affection—Affection in bridging different worlds: vegetable, animal, mineral; remembering that we are nature. And, in this consciousness, paying attention to the creation of affection. Knowledge is affective; I can know through feeling: affection for words, sounds, temperatures, our own ONE, the soul, the presence of infinity, affection for others… Affection is the next clue for re-evolution.
  • Complexity | Nothing is just one thing—Alfredo (Cunhal Sendim) once explained to me: the earliest plants were simpler; gradually, over time, they became "richer"; the more complex plants would be more sumptuous. This made me aware of the beauty and richness of complexity. Everything is just one rich, complex thing. And nothing is just one thing. With its interdisciplinary approach and attention to different ways of creating affection, the OTM Method was born out of this awareness.
  • Digestion | We are currently treating culture the way we have treated food. We focus on production, sometimes ignoring the quality of what nourishes us and how to digest it, creating digestion problems. The same applies to cultural programming: it is not enough to produce; we must enable digestion. When I designed this OTM tool, what I did was consciously create a method of digestion. It is about introducing not another product but a new way of seeing.
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