“Instructions on How to Cry” by Julio Cortazar – text performed by the Crying Institute participant.
Instructions in English:
Putting the reasons for crying aside for the moment, we might concentrate on the correct way to cry, which, be it understood, means weeping that doesn’t turn into a big commotion nor proves an affront to the smile with its parallel and dull similarity. The average, everyday weeping consists of a general contraction of the face and a spasmodic sound accompanied by tears and mucus, this last toward the end since the cry ends at the point when one energetically blows one’s nose. In order to cry, steer the imagination toward yourself, and if this proves impossible owing to having contacted the habit of believing in the exterior world, think of a duck covered with ants or of those gulfs in the Strait of Magellan into which no one sails ever. Coming to the weeping itself, cover the face decorously, using both hands, palms inward. Children are to cry with the sleeve of the dress or shirt pressed against the face, preferably in a corner of the room. The average duration of the cry is three minutes.
Text: Julio Cortazar
Performing the text: Nadja Kracunovic
The book: published by the library of the magazine ´´Gradina´´, Serbia *Given by an extraordinarily dear friend
Outfit: Crying Insitute