Affect-Effect is also
a set of tools, comprised of six meditations and body and perception exercises
(open scores), along with a charge platform and a user guide. With these
elements, the users are invited to construct a setting for 1, 2 and up to 4 bodies to explore diverse sensations
and stimuli, as well as developing creativity and imagination. The users
experiment with the use of space, music, light, and temperature and observe how
this can generate changes in the physical space and carry their bodies to
different states of vibration. Every action on the charge platform, and every
interaction between the bodies has a reaction and an effect. This is not a call
for self-restraint, but instead to let yourself go in each exercise and
experience how we can consciously affect. Photos by Bego Solís.
The Affect-Effect set includes: 1. Charge
platform, 2. Set of blankets, 3. Brochure, 4. Guide to Exercises (posters).
With these tools, users can construct a setting. The six exercises, as well as
any part of the set, are a suggestion for possible ways to explore this system.
The users can let their imagination carry them to create their own versions and
adapt each exercise to the necessities of each couple, with or without the
charge platform. Users are invited to create a setting and experiment with the
possibilities of use, creatively organising stimuli such as: 1. Sound and
music, 2. Lighting, 3. Temperature, 4. Modification of the physical space, 5.
Use of props, 6. Time of use. Users are also invited to experiment with chance
The project was launched on the 27th of November at the
Centro de Residencias Artísticas Matadero Madrid with a public demonstration of
how to use the Affect-Effect system. Each session requires the use of diverse
stimuli, various technical requirements and the sessions are not documented.
However, this demonstration was documented, to give better audience access and
to promote the project to future users. This demonstration featured the special
participation of performers Jesús Bravo and Javier Rosa. Photos by Bego Solís.
Two open sessions took place over two days, two-hour-long sessions for
two bodies (pre-existing couples and pairs of strangers who were willing to
meet and experiment) in the Centro de Residencias Artísticas Matadero Madrid.
These sessions were private and took place in a closed space, without
documentation (no cameras or phones) and were closed to the general public. Due
to interest expressed by users, the project was then taken to various domestic
spaces, with the aim of privately trying the set. In some cases, the experiences
were assisted and guided, and in others, the participants activated the set
with the help of the user guide.
“When great experiences transform you and heal you. Thanks.”
having seen an Efecto-Afecto demonstration here in Madrid I immediately wanted
to attend a session myself. The beauty, the silence, the visible connection between the
performers both mentally and physically, the serenity.”
“I experienced a silence in my head that I had not
felt in a long time. The session gave me tranquility and a total freedom
feeling. I felt relaxed and free.”
"... a feeling of strong connection with the
other person. I experienced a lot of desire and pleasure, especially in the
beginning. Then this desire was transformed into the existence of this place
and this moment... My hands and arms were always active during the session. Affection always present. So much tenderness."