instructions #6

performance, 2012

Photo by Rafael Cañas Photo by Rafael Cañas Photo by Rafael Cañas Photo by Rafael Cañas Photo by Rafael Cañas Photo by Rafael Cañas Photo by Rafael Cañas Photo by Rafael Cañas Photo by Rafael Cañas Photo by Rafael Cañas
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Photo by Rafael Cañas

Curated by Rose Akras, Dirk Jan Jager (organizers of FLAM: Forum of Live Art) and Marcos Gallon from Galeria Vermelho, I was invited to take part in the 8 edition of Verbo in Sao Paulo Brazil.  Each year FLAM and Galeria Vermelho have an exchange with Brazilian and Dutch performance artists.

The materials I used for my 6th version of ‘multiple unrelated causes are: audio-speaker-set, voice recorder, timer, stepladder, chair, apple, crepe tape, pencil, sharpener, bag, bananas, orange, onion, plastic cups, bottled water and a bottle of vodka.  In each version of ‘multiple (un)related causes’ I integrate new elements and actions.  In this performance the set-up is different, I begin with all the objects placed close next to each other in the space.  And this time I have a roll of tape to draw a line from where the apple has fallen and where the chair will be positioned.  I begin the performance with introducing myself to the audience and explain what I will gonna do and how much time my actions will take.  I set the timer on 45 minutes and turn on the voice recorder in order to speak out a series of actions interacting with the present materials.  After this I connect the recorder with the audio-speaker-set and play the spoken instructions in a constant loop.  As the sound goes on audible in the space I perform the spoken instructions.  After repeatedly performing the instructions materials or are getting more spread into different directions the space.  Actions are: climbing the ladder, dropping the apple, taping the floor from the position of the dropped apple, sharpen the pencil, number the tape line, moving the chair to the end of the tape line, pick up the bag with banana’s, sit down and peel the banana, throw the peel over myself and give the banana to someone in the audience, grab the nearest bottle with water or vodka, reach the cup with the drink to someone and count, drink the leftover, crawl with apple under the stepladder and start all over again.  The continues actions altering the space, the materials but also me.