Sigrid Keunen wrapped in plastic hanging from a chandelier

Once upon a time there was a marionette moving between the shop and a world.

His act, flex, forge, bend, budge, dodge, whip, slide, sprint, spurt, shift, stroke, trick, and tack are stuck in a marked frame.

 

Enjoy this performance & the sentence:

I SPEAK SPANISH TO GOD, ITALIAN TO WOMEN,

FRENCH TO MEN & GERMAN TO MY HORSE -Charles V-

 

Please access the link: https://vimeo.com/89404328

 

OUTLINE

There is a shopwindow somewhere in the city.

Preferably a shop-window of any type of shop, but this performance can be located also in a bigger public venue.

On the other side of the glass pane passers-by can detect a platform (1m2).

On the platform they can see a person wrapped in plastic and attached by cords.

The cords are attached to a wooden cross and the wooden cross is fitted to the ceiling. 

The whole construct gives the impression of being a marionette or a puppet.

Through loudspeakers one repeated tone resounds and those are recorded morse signs that represent the following sentence: 

I SPEAK SPANISH TO GOD, ITALIAN TO WOMEN, FRENCH TO MEN & GERMAN TO MY HORSE

-Charles V-

 

CONCEPT

The skin is the exterior or visible layer between the inside and the ouside. The skin is also a communicator, it tells the story of a puppet, or the marionette that we are in the world and in our own right.

This performance serves as a magnifying glass and shows the interpretation of an existent resilience. It questions the available resistance of who we are deep down and how we move in the world. How haughty can we be without deceiving ourselves?

 

And what about freedom?

Free is a matter-of-fact state of unrestrained from a presented, fixed frame. That frame is made by one’s culture, habits or work; being part of a specific set, we have a choice as to how to conduct ourselves and decide on and find our own way.

To get FREE is to face a confrontation with surface and space.

This performance is a prosaic search for freedom based on the following question:

How do we swing as a puppet into the world and how do we deal with ourselves without being a marionette?

The sentence by Charles V is a wink to the possible act adaptation we can adopt, conceiving the world we comprehend.

 

FITTING

The duration of this performance is 30 minutes, and can be played 4 times a day maximum.

A platform of 1m2, a hook in the ceiling to attach the wooden cross to, household plastic to wrap me, a CD player to play the morse signs, a written text to inform the passers-by.