I don´t give these lectures to surprise people but out of poetic necessity.
dust refers to performance and lecture studies of the 60s, but wants to expand the performative and tonal vocabulary on the basis of these templates by never or rarely read texts and transports them as a current “medial subtext” tonally into the room.
Operating instructions, user manuals, license texts, language constructions which influence, mark and determine our lives as users almost unnoticed, are regarded as a theatrical word construction and investigated gesturally.
The texts researched during the rehearsal process are bound to create a small book for each performance, from which the performer reads and presents. At the same time, the book itself is an instruction manual for the evening. Its pages of paper are torn out, folded, crumpled and handled in accordance with the instructions that were noted on them. As the performance progresses in time, the book slowly dissolves into its components.
The entire performance is recorded unnoticed by directional microphones and played at the end.
Like a reverberation from an oversized memory store, the previous event is recapitulated and mirrored medially distorted by microphone and speaker coloring as well as the space and recording perspective.
Regardless of the intimacy of what has just been experienced, the medial memory apparatus unwinds the “live” moment using the same space, which is thus demystified and emotionally discharged. On the floor a pile of small pieces of paper.
concept & performance: Verena Lercher
book: Verena Lercher