What’s your name? And why? What does it mean? How do you experience having the name you have? Does it define you?
Between my name and me is a project about experiences with one’s own given name. Full of unspectacularly spectacular anecdotes, these personal stories evolve into a collective portrait of diverse individuals. Michikazu Matsune is hosting a group-lab as well as individual sessions.
Open call LAB (11 am – 1 pm)
Building on the fundamental question of his long-term project entitled Between my name and me, i.e. ‘What is your name?’, Michikazu Matsune heads up a five-day lab on the theme of storytelling under the motto stories and actions. It begins with a person’s name, events and incidents associated with it, and personal life experiences. A narration emerges and unfolds, and in the lab itself, it is linked with performative actions and plots. To what sort of movements does a story lead? What sort of sounds, thoughts, and interactions? Through the subtle sensitivity of storytelling the stories come alive within the space; in some cases they even begin to interact with one another. Narration becomes not just performative reality, but communication, too. What happens between the individual stories; how are they interwoven? Each individual person’s name story becomes a performative portrait of the group as a whole.
Over almost twenty years of performative practice Michikazu Matsune has developed a form of storytelling that has become the signature trademark of his pieces. He often positions himself as a narrator or observer, casting a net of tightly woven narratives. The tension inherent between cultural attributions and social identification in our globalised society is a theme that fascinates him greatly.
Open Call 1:1 Session (daily, 2 – 6 pm, registration required)
People of Vienna are warmly invited to share anecdotes of one’s given name to the story-archive of Between my name and me. Each participant will have an 1:1 conversation with Michikazu Matsune, going through simple questions about one’s own name.
The collected stories will be part of a book and an installation in the future, featuring the name-stories of 100 people based in Vienna.