Thursday, September 5, 2013

Something there

Spiral, Wacoal Art Centre, June 25, 2013 – Fatos Ustek and Per Huttner
The performance was a part of Godzilla and the Phoenix, the 11th OuUnPo session in Tokyo and Yokohama.

Taking the starting point in Nobel Laureate, Samuel Beckett’s 1974 poem entitled "Something There", Ustek and Huttner together with 13 members of the Japanese audience carried out a sonar/mathematical investigation. Together they explored the potentiality of the poem by an activating it in space and time. The performance took place in the service staircase of the art centre where an Araki piece formed an important backdrop for the performance. The photographic installation in itself is a reflection on experience versus image (inside outside) and his relation to the other (subject/object), offered a perfect setting for the experiment.

The Journey started at the entrance of Spiral and together with the audience the group moved into the staircase.

The performance was carried out in three parts.

1.    Each performer wore a t-shirt with the word/text from the poem written on it in the two languages
2.    The performance started at the top of the stairs. The group then read the whole poem as they descended in a collaborative effort where each performer read their individual 28th of the poem first in English.
3. The group then moved up the stairs repeating their given phrases in an exact sequence - however this time in Japanese.

The sound and still images of the performance will be transformed into a video.

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