Pâro (n.) - the feeling that no matter what you do something is always somehow wrong—that any attempt to make your way comfortably through the world will only end up crossing some invisible taboo—as if there’s some obvious way forward that everybody else can see but you, each of them leaning back in their chair and calling out helpfully, colder, colder, colder.
Pressing Buttons introduces our fourth instalment, Pâro. Each event, Pressing Buttons plan on capturing and describing an emotion that one feels in their everyday life, in the hope of conveying to people that they are not alone.
To us, Pâro is those times when you feel you have screwed up several things in a row; you were frustrated at a friend because of something not related to them, you missed an opportunity that you didn’t see but was blaringly there and then you try to genuinely help a family member but they mistake it for you pitying them. Of course, with hindsight, we know that these mistakes make us who we are, that often people are simply missing the true intentions of our actions, but it can still foster, and make us believe in, this degraded, beaten down feeling of ourselves; Pâro.
We, at Pressing Buttons, want people to know that speaking to close friends, family and health professionals can have enormous benefits. We hope to curate an environment where people can find belonging in a collective safe place, through both music and dance.
Taking you through this journey are:
Fibre Optixxx (Bizzaro)
Lily Dalton (Maybe_Recs)
DJ PO (Pressing Buttons)
Insatiable (Pressing Buttons)
We hope to create a space in which people can fully immerse themselves in the music and lighting arrangements to thoroughly enjoy themselves, dancing care-free. It is therefore of utmost importance to us that everyone on our dance floor is both welcoming and respectful of others. That means we respect others and their dancing and understand that unwanted physical and verbal discrimination against another attendee in relation to their sexuality, race, religion, ability or appearance will not be tolerated.
Pressing Buttons would like to acknowledge that this dance event will be taking place on stolen land - the traditional land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their elders past, and present. Sovereignty has never been ceded. It always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.
First release available now! Let’s start more conversations
Artwork by the very talented Rowena Lloyd: https://www.instagram.com/rowenalloyd._/