“We always give names” is part of a series of similar videos that shows each time the same practice applied to different drawings and by different persons.
It all departs from a pre-existing drawing made of a collage of scribble-like traces, printed statements and, sometimes, scotch tape. The image appears at once precisely composed and opaque. After having observed it, a person starts reproducing it on a blank paper. Yet, she obviously doesn’t care too much for accuracy. As the video goes, we even discover that she works with closed eyes. But we also understand that what she is after is not copying the original drawing, but experiencing it. She seems to travel inside, and to let it travel inside her at once. Throughout the whole process, she is constantly talking. Not only does she describe her reading of the drawing but she also reflects on it. Step by step what was at first a mere formal composition unfold in an extravagant, yet surprisingly coherent narrative. We have embarked upon a stream that weaves its way through pictorial analysis, philosophical musing, awaken dream, oracle and trance.
concept: Julien Bruneau
performer: Anouk Llaurens
Developed as part of a master research at the Amsterdam Master of Choreography (Theaterschool) and during a residency at Bains Connective (Brussels).