History has seen many cases of book burning – but the resistive spirit of the words could never be banished. In Ray Bradbury’s science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451, memorising books is an act of defiance.
People themselves become the book. This thought inspired Norwegian Mette Edvardsen, who made a name for herself as an innovative performance artist, to develop the project Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine. In 2010 she began to build her library of living books, with performers around the world learning books by heart. In bookshops, museums or, as in Vienna, in libraries, visitors can “borrow” these books and “read” them for 30 minutes. The project examines how memory not only preserves objects, but at the same time constantly transforms them. Each new reading of the books leads to surprising and emotional encounters between strangers.
Books in German:
Die Baugrube von Andrej Platonow
loslabern von Rainald Goetz
Paloma von Friederike Mayröcker
Vielleicht Esther von Katja Petrowskaja
Nachdenken über Christa T. von Christa Wolf
Faust von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Seltsame Sterne starren zur Erde von Emine Sevgi Özdamar
Books in English:
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
Orlando by Virgina Woolf
Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville
Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot
Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
- Artistic Team
Concept Mette Edvardsen With Andrea Maurer, Caroline Daish, David Helbich, Emmilou Rößling, Julie Pfleiderer, Justine Maxelon, Katja Dreyer, Kristien Van den Brande, Sébastien Hendrickx, Sonia Si Ahmed, Tom Engels Production assistant Maya Wilsens
Production Mette Edvardsen/Athome & Manyone Co-production Wiener Festwochen, NEXT Arts Festival (Valenciennes, Lille, Kortrijk, Villeneuve d’Ascq), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Dance Umbrella (London), Dubbelspel - STUK Kunstencentrum & 30CC (Leuven) With the support of Norsk Kulturråd Special thanks to Bibliothèque royale de Belgique/Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België, Sarah Vanhee, Els De Bodt
Premiere September 2010, STUK Kunstencentrum (Leuven)
Mette Edvardsen is a choreographer and performer. Although some of her works explore other media or formats, such as video and writing, her interest is always in their relationship to the performing arts as a practice and a situation. With a base in Brussels since 1996 she has worked for several years as a dancer and performer for a number of companies and projects, and develops her own work since 2002. She presents her works internationally and continues to develop projects with other artists, both as a collaborator and a performer. A retrospective of her work was presented at Black Box teater Oslo in 2015. She is currently a research fellow at the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo.