2014 Active Installation
Wall, hole, rods.
Both individuals with normal or impaired hearing (problems of the outer and/or middle ear) can experience the work
Credits to Selen Ansen for the Text
After years spent in asylums, Antonin Artaud created the radio play To have done with the judgement of god, that was banned by the director of Radiodiffusion Française the day before it's scheduled transmission . The grounds he gave were that it was inflammatory, obscene and blasphemous.
Artaud's principal desire was to cancel out the entire process of mediation and signification. He wanted his work to be immediately and physically experienced and reach the body directly. Artaud’s language is fragmented; the desire it carries for physical transmission and transformation sutures the pieces together again in the listener. W/HOLE immerses the visitor in a metonymic state of embodiment, epitomizing the transmission of Artaud’s voice encapsulating his impalpable idea of the body without organs and his attempt of thinking about the unthinkable: about how the body is mind and how the mind is also a body. Through a physical act, the listener enables Artaud’s voice to pass through the mouth directly into the mind, creating a one-one continuity…which robs me of the words that I have found, which reduces my mental tension, which is gradually destroying in its substance the body of my thought.
When you will have made him a body without organs,
then you will have delivered him from all his automatic reactions
and restored him to his true freedom.
Then you will teach him again to dance wrong side out
as in the frenzy of dance halls
and this wrong side out will be his real place.
To have done with the judgement of god (1947-8)
Red Dawn, Hisk, Ghent, Belgium (22 Nov - 15 Dec 2014)
A Breathcrystal, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland (14 Apr – 30 June 2015)