Mirroring historical premises that have been raised within the walls of Cabaret Voltaire, Frederique Pisuisse exposes a site-specific performance with a focus on the elementary features of cabaret or theater. Unfolding a bodily interplay between performer, backdrop and audience, Pisuisse evokes a tactile audience participation by building a relation between audience members and materials used on stage.
The props - built by the audience - form the set for a mysterious saga which takes part on a volcanic island within the ocean. What comes from within this island, emits radiation. Phone signals interfere with the soundtrack, visualising the knitted web of an audience that is normally hidden. Meanwhile, the storyteller takes the viewer on a journey into the core of the earth and back.
Investigating the future labourism of artistic production in times of artificial intelligence, Pisuisse raises questions around the necessity to physically produce art: is the labour of humankind really that essential for making art? Or can nature and/ or AI take over? Which bodies are the ones in charge? Does the human body predict what AI does, or is it the other way round?
This «Fun & Fury!» Performance Dienst-Tag / To-Do's Day is part of the program Are We Bodies? curated by Vlada Maria Tcharyeva (CH)
Image Credit: «Frederique Pisuise: Artist Talk, South London Gallery»; Image Courtesy of the Artist, 2017