Eron Eron

Kihoku-Cho, Japan

About Eron

Bio

South-African Multimedia Artist, working with the most modern 3D technology: the human body. Technology is getting more tactile and suddenly dancing which seems lo-tech (without video) seems more relevant.

Dancing/Art saved my life. It can't change the world but can help you accept and face difficulties.
The quake that struck here didn't affected us directly but for a month I thought Art is a bit useless. (life is too serious!) Ask me if you're ever curious.

Languages

Afrikaans, English, German

Areas of Expertise

Performance and Dance

An idea worth spreading

Look at the stories (books, films, cartoons) that fascinated you as a kid. Now try look at them as metaphores and see how they resonate with your life even now. (eg,my fav story had lots of dragons. Looking at it now I rememerb the heros kept facing dragons but each time felt this horrible "dragon-fear." It never got any easier to face dragons, even with experience. I rememebr this when facing our difficulties settling down here in Japa)

Ah, helpful starters are Joseph Campbells "hero with a thousand faces." It gives you some ways to read symbols. This books is gold for artists!

Next Robert Bly's Iron John, for a bit more Jungian symbolism. It gets a lot of flack, I avoided it for years but it doesnt deserve the animosity thrown at it.

People don't know I'm good at

DJing.I was 17 and the owner of my fav club asked "What do you want to do with your life?" I said "Become a performer," We compromised, so he taught me DJing.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Posted over 4 years ago
Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter ...
Great performances polarise people. That Butoh dancer I mentioned, (his name's Akira Kasai) had a show one week running, Same show each day but reactions would alternate between standing ovations one night and people leaving during the show the next. But the real part of this talk was about poetry/performance and its accesablility. Performing (or writing if you're shy) is a great low-tech way to be creative. More people spreading/giving the tools, the better.
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Posted over 4 years ago
How can creativity and chronic depression coexist?
Make friends with depression. I've had my highs and low but I had two major Lows of note. I7ll skip the story there, but after that, I realised it was worth "learning" from the experience. Until i hit my third one. If you can, work with the methods by everyone else. Use mine if nothing else works. I didnt bounce back from the third. It's been a year now. I gave up, stopped figthing. From this dead place, not a place of productivity, get used to the scenery. Find a way to express this dead weight. I can't play piano but I pluncked away at one. Music felt like the best way (i didnt care about writing or performing at the time, my best strengths.) I tried to give depression another voice. Experience it with other senses. It was sad, soetimes it sucked but I got used to the scenery here. New sounds came out too. (someimes angry. Very angry.) Sometimes I still hit lows, and sometimes I'm VERY volatile. But a little like what Anna mentioned...little shoots are starting to appear. Give the depression it's voice. It deserves to be respected. - Now I'm going to ruin that poetry by adding more. Examine Process psychology, developed by Arnold Mindell. (I recomedn "Riding the horse backwards" or "working on yourself alone. ") You'll find other methods to give depression (or any kind of setback) its voice. Theres a message there but sometimes we need to tranlsate it through a medium we understand. If you feel depressed...how does it sound? Play it. Roleplay.Puppets. Or draw it. Examine the process described in "Hero with a thousand faces" by Campbell. (It's NOT a simple breakdown about how to be a hero and fight dragons.Its about submiting yourself to the intolerable, letting yourselfget eaten by this terrifying experience. I didn't want to mention this but I'm in Japan, 1000km south of tokyo. We're unaffected but it reminded you how easy life can be wiped out. (I have a yong son too, that's hardest.) My third low though prepared me for this so we're staying.
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Posted over 4 years ago
Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter ...
I learnt Butoh dance for a few years. People think it's about darkness...sometimes. It deals with mysterious and sometimes uncomfortable places, maybe the way some here are arguing about poetry. Butoh beginners are kind of "romantic" and use cliches when they dance. (There are dark cliches too!) My teachers could find the beauty and potential in "breakdowns" and crisis and mystery. This meant avoiding cliches. My teachers were around 45 years old and had been dancing for 20 years. Then I saw this Butoh dancer who was 60. He'd taken it much further... and made my teachers looks like beginners. I can even rememeber the puff of white body make up that flew off his body while dancing. He used cliches. Rhetoric gets a bad rap. But rhetoric doesnt get standing ovations for using the topic Hiroshima and Reincarnation. She was vulnerable and went to a dark place. It just didn't involve words.