“How can one know in such darkness?”
a sensorial practice created in 2015 (Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers), active ever since
In collaboration with the artists, performers Jean Philippe Derail, Ghyslaine Gau, Thierry Grapotte, Catalina Insignares, Julie Laporte, Florian Richaud, Yasmine Youcef.
One person is welcomed by one performer. She is invited to lie down on a mattress placed at the centre of a theatre stage. Around the mattress, on the floor, one can see several blankets, pillows, different kinds of cloth, a table, on the table a stone – objects of different volumes, weight, temperature… Once the person has laid down, the performer switches off the light.
During the 45 minutes that the experience lasts, the performer will activate the present objects and materials which will come in contact (through sound or touch) with the lying body. The person will hardly notice the performer’s presence; nor will s/he fully recognise his/her gestures, his/her movements. Only the ‘inanimate’ elements in space will be experienced as being animate. A blurriness seeps into the mind around what one feels, imagines, recalls, thinks: a strange mixture of sleep and wakefulness where a different regime of images appears.