Brains in a Vat duet
Our intent with this duet is to embody Hilary’s Putnam’s philosophical experiment «Brains in a Vat» which exemplifies how much our thoughts rely on experience.
If we were only brains in vat, implemented ideas would be false, not corresponding to the outside world. Difficult to hold this thought experiment without remembering that all most abstract words are metaphors from a physical world (it leads to, he points out, the strength of the argument, rigid attitude): these are all movement representation like in dance.
Our Premise is that thinking process can be viewed as a kind of dance.
To explore this wonder we imagined the two brain hemispheres. In this organic thought promenade they set apart, merge, synchronize, listen, wander and get carried away.
Should we endure this real world or return to the Vat where everything is false yet possible?
Dancers: David Phiphak , Berenice Dupuis
Music Composer: Loïc Ghanem.
  Reason, Truth and History (1981),
Duet Sans Paroles
This duet dance pictures a duel between two worlds, articulated around different languages, references and meanings : The music and the movement. Two hermetic artformed shelters between which there exist no reliable translations. It echoes the work Of Philosopher W. V. Quine about the indeterminacy of translation.
As two artists, we finally succeed at communicating with one another despite the hermetic , private, dedication to our respective art form, unraveling the fact there is no need for dance to be a language.