Performance Monologues

Performance Monologues is an ongoing collection of audio recordings and live recitations that started in 2016. I visit artists and ask them to describe one of their performances from memory while I record them. The recordings help me to recite the monologues from memory before a live audience. This is often done during an art event, but also in more intimate situations with one or more listeners. I recite the monologues in the first person because they are in the first person when delivered to me.

I started the monologues for a number of reasons. First, I have had experiences of failing to describe my own performances to others in a satisfactory way. Second, I wanted to get to know the performance works of others by hearing about the experience of doing the work. Third, the question of documentation interests me. Fourth, the monologues are a way to explore the relationship between the mediating and mediated subject. And fifth, the way in which a monologue actualizes a performance by means of memory appeals to me.

Monologue audio recording with Peter Baren in the Rijks Academy archive, Amsterdam
Below is the list with audio recordings of monologues that are available to be listen at live retold by me on request.
#1 Ravenous – Joseph Ravens
#2 Neighborhood Magic – Carron Little
#3 Background Material – Michal Samama
#4 Don’t sleep there is a war going on – Mothergirl
#5 In the Absence of a Body – Diaz-Lewis
#6 Being Human Being – Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen
#7 Future View – Denis Romanovski
#8 Reading Aloud of Primo Levi’s If This is a Man to One of the Trees in Slottskogen – Elin Wikström
#9 Screw – Toine Horvers
#10 To Look and be Looked at – Anet van de Elzen
#11 Choreographed by the Other – Nina Glockner
#12 Please don’t touch, I’ll come and fix this as soon as possible – Frans van Lent
#13 Bluebell Wood Children‘s Hospice – Yingmei Duan
#14 Prologue to 300 – Florian Feigl
#15 Chews – Örn Alexander Ámundason
#16 Le requiem d’un fou (the requiem of a crazy man) – Christian Etongo
#17 Confrontation – Odun Orimolade
#18 Aragamago (Will Rid this Land of Terrorism) – Jelili Atiku
#19 Stations of Nameless Energy – Peter Baren
#20 Comfortable – Marco Paulo Rolla
#21 Una bendición de oro – Vela Oma
#22 Confidence in Objects – Alice Vogler
#23 Cyclic Tales – Alba Soto
#24 Interior Kinesis – José Perez Santiago
#25 Vanitas Vanitatum – Carlos Salazar Lermont
#26 This side up! – Bob Lens
#27 Untitled – Julischka Stengele
#28 Invisibility cloak prototype 1 – David Frankovich
#29 (T)here – Hiroko Tsuchimoto
#30 Sacramento – Inari Virmakoski
#31 The Meaning of Life – Irina Danilova
#32 Tipper Gore – Martha Wilson
#33 Ritournelle – Anaïs Heraud-Louisadat
#34 Age (skin color) – Anja Ibsch
#35 Spiegel Geschichte – Karla Woisnitza
#36 Alias, oder die Kunst der Fuge – Else Gabriel
#37 The Burial – Nathalie Mba Bikoro
#38 The Sun Shone, Having no Alternative, on the Nothing New – Mathias Kristersson