Conception / réalisation : Ant Hampton
Caméra : Britt Hatzius
Performance maker Ant Hampton creates 'fantasy interventions': imagined, performative scenarios / shows / spectacles for filmed and photographed landscapes. For this exhibition he began by writing a number of such scenarios for various urban and rural landscapes. For each site, he invited a local inhabitant to sit, listen to him reading the text written for it, and to memorize as best they could the details of the imagined 'event'. At this point Hampton would start filming. After a prescribed 30 second pause the subject would attempt to recount the event, to camera, often beginning in the present tense.
The films, shot on-location in UK, France and Italy over the past month, allow the viewer different interpretations regarding the subject's relationship to the performance they describe, slipping as they do between present, past and conditional tenses, engaging the camera with varying degrees of enthusiasm, remembering certain details, omitting or forgetting others. They set up a web of relationships, in constant re-negotiation, between audience, cameraman, artist, subject, memory, time, landscape, text and an imagined scenario.
The project combines Hampton's three ongoing concerns 1. the use of instructions to unrehearsed and often non-professional performers, as exemplified by his ten years of work in / as Rotozaza, 2. an ongoing project as The Other People, looking into the idea of 'live portraits' - framed, performative encounters with what's known in theatre circles as 'real people', and 3. the possibilities of 'paperwork performance' - site-specific theatre to exist only in the mind, as explored with the artist Britt Hatzius in their online photography / collective writing project, 'This Site Could Be Yours'.