Vo-ca-bu-la-ry - Exposing the Rite

YEAR: 2009 + 2010 | MATERIAL: film, dv-pal on dvd | DUR: 26 mins

Vo-ca-bu-la-ry - exposing the Rite is a film, based on the documentation of a performance held as part of the installation Vo-ca-bu-la-ry in September 2009. Filmed by two cameras some things transformed the staged performance in a hypnotic way.

Vo-ca-bu-la-ry as a whole deals with the breaking down of language. My aim is to dissect its elements and create a rite around this. The rite represents a manifesto over my interest of a certain primitive expression as a kind of source to all human communication, a "language" in which we all can be "expressed". An expression that comes out of instinct and I think it functions as a kind of subconscious universal "bank" of consciousness.

During the preparations I was thinking a lot about how I could move the spectator to a state of origin in the midst of today's leading popular culture with it's codes and hierarchy. I was thinking of Brecht and his way of breaking up the storytelling and invite the spectator to become part of the performance. And I was thinking of Artaud's performances where he apparently almost set himself on fire and Grotowskis becoming by physicality. How could I lead my spectators between fact and fiction, between a now and a then? How could I incorporate a living proof of a mix between fact and fiction? What is reality? Had I only known what later would happen to me. Had I through my character provoced this end or was this produced by the power of the rite itself?
Vo-ca-bu-la-ry. Exposing the Rite. Still from film
Vo-ca-bu-la-ry. Exposing the Rite. Still from film
Vo-ca-bu-la-ry. Exposing the Rite. Still from film