Cast as a Scene: The Process

The title of this project Cast as a Scene means to make a try-out of possible scenarios while at the same time get closer to discussing the topic of alienation.

A number of scenarios will take place in an installation setting with sculptures playing the role of possible actors. They contain and explore tactility and are waiting to be touched and moved. It is a non-fixed scenario—a rehearsal—where everything can get activated and re-configured, ever-changing. The scenario will unfold in multiple ways, depending on its conductor in the moment. For this, several conductors have been invited to take part in this project. The setting resembles a theater, and just like in that structure there is a narrative. The script for this project describes how social relations can come to alienate us from each other in the sense of different hierarchies and social issues. The script is not written in a classical fictional way, it is a non-fictional theoretical text split up in six paragraphs, with no specific order. I see the script as a way to use theory writing and put it in a more performative context. I want to explore the way of investigating and discussing the notion of alienation through the method of staging a rehearsal and the purpose of such: to interact, to adjust, to propose a re- arrangement of the act.

Excerpts from the script

“The virtual alters the memory of this experience. Memory’s are stored and connected to different sensed places, but it doesn’t have to be a physical location, neither a tactile touch.”

“To avoid the uncanny emotions we find strategies. One is to align your emotions with others, since an ugly feeling seldom is something to experience alone. Sharing comes with the sense of belonging.”

“In the state of confusion the tactility it provide calms the mind. Is there an resemblance in how we anchor unsatisfied feelings to objects, as in opinions and views, and how we come to to identify ourselves through them?”

Joshua Ng