This is a short trailer of "80 Words".
80 Words is a performance-project about what happens to a language when there are only 80 words to speak it.
Are words still a reliable currency, now that freedom of speech suffers from heavy inflation? What happens to the imagination when communication is reduced to the minimum? Can (self)censorship be a good thing?
Imagine being in a room that looks like an undeveloped photograph - a dark lab, where your senses are somewhat deprived. An isolated researcher guides you through a slide show. You are introduced to her singular subject, A. Words and gestures are stripped to the bone; your imagination is gently encouraged to combine phantom phrases with after-images, leaving you no choice but to make highly subjective conclusions.
It’s a time of clipping; it is a time of skipping; it is a time of cutting.
"Instant Fiction" is a site-specific and interactive video installation. It is set in a place where people meet, such as a hotel lobby or a festival foyer. Remote-controlled cameras monitor all that happens, sending real-time images to screens distributed throughout the premises, much like a classic surveillance system. The only difference is that here, the images are subtitled, creating an instant fiction with accidental actors.
Concept, text, creation: Sarah van Lamsweerde
Technical Realisation: Udo Akemann
Isadora Patch: Arie Bults
Additional camera: Brian MacKenna
Video registration and edit: Udo Akemann
Thumbnail photo: Pekka Maakinen
This video was captured during the Something Raw Festival 2012 at the Brakke Grond, Flemish House of Culture in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Further episodes were developed specially for venues such as STUK Kunstencentrum in Leuven (BE), Dampfzentrale Bern (CH), Recyclart Arts Centre in Brussels (BE), ZAAL5 / Filmhuis Den Haag (NL), Vooruit Kunstencentrum / Film Fest Gent (BE), Incubate Festival Tilburg (NL) and NatLab / Plaza Futura in Eindhoven (NL).
Instant Fiction was first commisionned by the ANTI-Festival for Contemporary Art in Kuopio (FI) and is a coproduction of Tre Tigri, ZAAL5 and Het Veem Theater in Amsterdam (NL).
This is a new trailer of Gravity, a performance made in 2010 and recreated for P////AKT, Platform for Visual Arts in Amsterdam, NL in January 2011.
In Gravity, one mechanism is driven to its ultimate consequence, resulting in a landscape of falling objects: a ‘concert’ with 4 performers, a grand piano and many, many objects. This performance is an attempt to experience nature without inviting the ghost of lost innocence, to see the politics of gravitational laws in different planes, in different moments of history, in different constellations.
Concept / development / performance: Kaisu Koski, Sarah van Lamsweerde and Norberto Llopis Segarra in collaboration with Mari Matre Larsen and Michiel Reynaert
Gravity is a coproduction of Theater Zeebelt, Plateaux Frankfurt and Stichting Tre Tigri.
This is a 7 minute documentation of the performance-installation With Guest Appearances By...
Concept & Scenography: Sarah van Lamsweerde
Creation & Performance: Tashi Iwaoka, Sarah van Lamsweerde, Marianne Langenegger, Nat Miller, Bojana Mladenovic and Mariangela Tinelli
A coproduction of Dasarts Amsterdam and Zeebelt, The Hague