almost a pulse

recall activities you perform regularly every day. reflect on their history and future. consider adding to them the activities listed below.

at 00:11

open your mouth as wide as you can for about half a minute and imagine that many people are talking to you. close your mouth and silence your mind.
at 01:56

tap ten times with your left index finger on your forehead, each time softer than the one before. then, go to sleep.
at 07:20

stand up and stare at the ceiling for a few seconds. afterwards, sit down and stare at the floor. hold your breath for a moment and stand up again.
at 12:07

imagine that you are suffocating. when you are on the verge of dying, inhale deeply through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth.
at 13:41

close your ears for about half a minute and try to imagine complete silence no matter how loud it is outside.
at 15:18

stare at your face in the mirror (your phone?) as long as you can without moving. imagine that your face becomes slightly deformed.
at 16:58

close your eyes for about half a minute and imagine a combination of a color and a tone you find pleasant.
at 18:05

lift your hands up in the air as slow as possible while calculating the quotient of the number of times you have blinked and the number of times you have breathed (since beginning this activity).
at 22:00

cover your mouth and silently laugh. then, scream.
 

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[presented at the Musikmuseum Basel on March 17, 2017. the text to be “read out loud” was read by 3 text-to-speech voices by Apple, accompanied by the ticking of 3 metronomes set to the slowest speed they could produce (they were not synchronized). the other instructions were printed and placed next to the metronomes (the 3 loudspeakers from which the voices were heard were hidden inside 3 black wooden boxes, on top of which the metronomes were placed). unfortunately, with the exception of the 2 blurred photos below, no documentation is available.]

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