»Every sound we make is a bit of autobiography. It has a totally private interior yet its trajectory is public. A piece of inside projected to the outside.« Anne Carson.
In 2013, the Belgian artist Sarah Vanhee started to investigate the scream in its aesthetic and political potential. This ongoing research has led to several expressions, formats and frameworks in which she creates the possibility for people to scream. Understanding that every person screams from a different place, she developed various techniques and methodologies to include those who have never screamed before, insisting on screaming as a basic right and democratic tool. For their opening weekend, the Wiener Festwochen invited Vanhee to create a work with local inhabitants of Donaustadt, each of whom has their own singular motivation to scream and their idiosyncratic way of doing so. This “screamscape” allows the listeners to momentarily sink under society’s surface and creates a connection with a wider and wilder sense of being.
- Artistic Team
Concept, Choreography Sarah Vanhee Artistic Collaboration Britt Hatzius
With Participants from Donaustadt Special Thanks to Jakob Ampe Voicetrainer Christian Reiner
Text credit Anne Carson, Glas, Ironie und Gott, Piper, 2000, S. 172
Premiere May 2019, Wiener Festwochen
Sarah Vanhee is a Belgian artist, born in 1980. Her artistic practice is always linked to performance, visual art, film and literature. It uses different formats and is often (re)created in situ. Recent works include The Making of Justice, Oblivion, I Screamed and I Screamed and I Screamed, Untitled, Lecture For Every One, Turning Turning (a choreography of thoughts). Her work has been presented in various contexts such as Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussel (BE), Saal Biennaal, Talinn (EE), Actoral Marseille (FR), Centre Pompidou Metz (FR), HAU Berlin (DE), Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven (NL), Arnolfini Gallery Bristol (UK), Jihlava IDFF (CZ) amongst others. She is the co-author of Untranslatables and author of The Miraculous Life of Claire C and TT. She wrote several texts for specialized press and art-related publications. Since 2009 Sarah Vanhee works in close collaboration with CAMPO, which produced several of her works. She is a member of Manyone, a collaborative structure for artists.