Sarah Vanhee Oblivion

© Bernhard Muller
© Bernhard Muller

What happens to the things you throw away day after day? The Belgian artist, performer and author Sarah Vanhee collected all her material and virtual waste over the course of a year for Oblivion. In this gem of a piece, Vanhee and the audience together experience changes in perspective: What happens to the relationships and ideas that are discarded because they have failed, are broken, dysfunctional? What happens to our secretions, to dead cells? To all the things that are long forgotten but still exist? In the beginning there are only cardboard boxes, which Vanhee carefully empties out as she talks to the audience. There is no such thing as coincidence here. The fuller the stage becomes, the more associations there are. Vanhee’s challenging solo piece is not only about consumerism and our throwaway society; the artist also ponders creative processes, be they of an everyday or artistic nature. But above all, she takes a close, loving look at something that is all too often forgotten: the beauty of the useless.