BREAK | a re-enactment

BREAK is a project that consists of a series of events:

I. a performance , II. a lecture-performance (forthcoming) and III. a performative/participatory event (forthcoming).

The first one was presented as part of the Artist in Residence program of the Shedhalle art space in Tübingen on 08.06.2013. The second and third part will be presented in the near future in other venues of the city.

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And if one asked her, longing to pin down the moment with date and season, but what were you doing on the fifth of April 1868, or the second of November 1875, she would look vague and say that she could remember nothing. For all the dinners are cooked; the plates and cups washed; the children sent to school and gone out into the world. Nothing remains of it all. All has vanished. No biography or history has a word to say about it. And the novels, without meaning to, inevitably lie.

[Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own]

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I. The project starts with re-enacting a moment of the everyday life of the artist’s grandmother. Being responsible for 7 grandchildren, her routine mainly included, among other things, cooking, serving the food and washing the dishes. The event refers to one of the moments when she disrupts this routine: when after cooking, serving the food, washing the dishes, she breaks them swearing in her mother tongue (which we-her grandchildren- could not understand).

[Brochure of the first event]

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II. Through a lecture performance, the artist discusses issues about:

- re-enactment (in a context of history and in a context of art),

- breaking of objects as an action common in a large range of cultures, knowing no borders of space and time.

- personal rituals

III. In this phase, the visitors are invited to re-enact the re-enactment that the artist has performed in the first phase. Each step of the ‘ritual’ created by this repetition, will be defined in space and also through instructions given.

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The project “BREAK” has been generously supported by the Kulturamt of Tübingen.