THYMUS

Categories: performance, solitary and ethics.

Date: 2012
Place: Antic Teatre, Barcelona
Event: Corpologia 9

The thymus is an organ in the lymphatic system that exerts an influence on the development of the lymphatic as well as the immune system. The thymus was known by the ancient Greeks, and it’s name comes from the Greek thumos, meaning heart, soul, desire, life, possibly because of the glands location in the chest. Extreme emotions inhibit the function of the thymus, suppressing the immune system. Thumos in ancient Greek means the ascent of the spirit, passion, courage, desire and momentum. It’s origin can be found in the Indo-European root dheu, to rise in a cloud, as dust, smoke or vapour (relation with breath). In Sanskrit, dhumah means smoke and vapour and gives us the Latin fumus, in English smoke, fumigate, perfume.
Risking one’s life to save another’s is the paradox of Thumas. Megalothymia is the need to be recognized as superior to other people. Isothymia is the need to be recognized as equal to other people. Today in modern Greek thymos simply means anger.
Notes: Breathing in through my mouth and out through my nose, the plastic on my face beginning to swell and finally tighten out into a globe around my head. Globe, halo, aura. Sucking up the same air through my nose and expelling it through the tube out into the room, the globe, halo, aura shrinking and wrinkling. Vacuum packed. Once again drawing on the fresh air from outside I suck in the room through my mouth and out again through my nose trapping it in the plastic globe. Filling, stretching, finishing.

Images: Joan Casellas