- 04.09 > 16.09.2023
- 19.06 > 24.06.2023
- 15.05 > 27.05.2023
The audiovisual performance Measuring Narrative With Water uses language as a measuring tool: how closely does it approach what we want to tell?
In the 1920s, Knud Heckscher, Sirah Foighel Brutmann’s great-grandfather, describes his experiences while travelling by water from Copenhagen to Bangkok, and back. The witty descriptions of his wanderings in Heckscher’s letters reveal the colonial white man’s fear of the unknown. At the same time, he feels threatened by an imported anti-Semitism. Foighel Brutmann performs excerpts from the letters in different languages, retellings and accents.
With electronic effects and acoustic sounds, brought live by Eitan Efrat, the makers emphasise the physicality of the different languages used by Foighel Brutmann. On a screen, we see text, projections of black-and-white photographs Heckscher took in Bangkok, and colourful video footage of watery phenomena. What fluids pass through us and affect us? To what extent are we responsible for the histories we inherit?
Measuring Narrative With Water touches on core themes in the practice of artistic duo Foighel Brutmann and Efrat. They are interested in the materiality, spatiality and duration of images, the relationships between a viewer and history, and the temporality of narratives and memory.
Performance with and by Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat I Source text written by Knud Heckscher I Voice recordings: Hanne Foighel I External eye: Bouchra Lamsyeh I Production: Messidor I With support from kunsten en erfgoed, Morpho, kunstencentrum Nona, Contour10, Beursschouwburg, Kunsthal Extra City, Buda, Kunstenwerkplaats
Images: video capture by the artists
Text by Nathalie Gielen