Displace, 3bisF contemporary art centre, Aix-en-Provence, FR
Les Parallèles du Sud, Manifesta 13
Performance, 33 min
13 x A4 paper script
stainless steel shredder (self-made machine) 80Lx 70w x 120h cm
Derived from psychomagic and psychogenealogy scenarios (a therapeutic approach exploring the transmission of trauma through genealogy and family constellation), a 13-parts script is carefully assigned to 13 persons of the audience; Marie Ilse Bourlanges asks one by one each part of the script back and reads to the audience a story composed as a narrative patchwork.
In a fragmented manner, the story of Ilse gets slowly constructed, becoming tangible in a printed document: this methodology of documentary poetry is based on gathering textual and narrative matter by series of interviews and correspondences with family members, psychiatrists, nurses, several archivists, a graphologist and an astrologist.
The culminating point and ending of the performance is achieved by a sincere cathartic gesture of shredding one page at a time the 13-parts script in a self-made (sculptural) hand shredder; letting its content return physically and metaphorically to a more essential form of free particles – dust to dust.
performance registration film by Anaïs Baseilhac – duration 33min, preview 2min
Performance script composed with fragments of spoken records by :
Jeannine & Jean-Claude Pierraccini,
Jean-Louis et Sylviane Blanc (Conservatoire du patrimoine médical),
Pr Francoise Dodo (Centre Hospitalier Montperrin),
Jacques Meny (les Amis de Jean Giono),
Sarah Elisa Ribeiro Viana,
Catherine Hamo & Julien Benedetti
(Archives départementales des Bouches-du-Rhône)
and written accounts of Ilse Kratzsch,
Ruth von Wedel-Gerull-Kardas,
Ursula von Haase,
and excerpts of The Invention of Solitude by Paul Auster
(translated in French by Christine Le Bœuf),
and Arrêté interministériel sur la Conservation du dossier médical