//// public sphere and rhetoric // residency programme

Karin Laansoo (Tallinn, Estonia)___project: Exploitation On Demand

March 12th: Kreuzberg //// 3pm
"The Description of the World is the World" by Bruce Gatenby

 //// Woman: Imogen Heath, Man: Sam Icklow

A Woman and a Man. The Man carries a short stool and a laptop. The Woman kneels down on her hands and knees. She bends her head down and stares at the ground.

The Man approaches the Woman, sits down on the stool and places the laptop on the her back, then opens it. He starts writing on it, using the woman as a desk.

MAN: A description of the world is the world. What we are inhibits what we want to be. What we want to be inhabits what we are.

The Man pauses, looks around for a moment, and then down at the woman’s face. He pulls her hair back and stares at her for a moment. Then he starts writing again.

MAN: I become what I want to be through my description of the world.

WOMAN: What is the difference between your description of the world and the world?

MAN: My description of the world contains truths that the world does not.

WOMAN: Really?

MAN Really.

WOMAN: What is the difference between an artificial flower and a real flower?

MAN: Real flowers fade, wilt, collapse, decay and die. Nothing natural lasts forever but the beauty of artifice is that it creates something that can.

WOMAN: What truth about the world do artificial flowers contain that real flowers don’t?

MAN: There is no truth in the world, only in descriptions of the world.

WOMAN: Do you really believe that the world is meaningless, that life has no meaning unless you describe it, alter it, lie about it so that it contains a truth?

MAN: In a word…Yes.

WOMAN: But without me, without THE world, you would have nothing to describe. You exploit me, you exploit the world, to create your truth.
(angry) You replace Truth with exploited, distorted truths.

The Woman straightens up and the laptop crashes to the ground. Then she stands up and walks away.

The Man looks around for a moment, then picks up the laptop. He stares at the cracked screen, his fingers poised above the keyboard. He tries to write but can’t. He looks around again for a moment.

MAN: A description of the world is the world.


MAN: It is.


MAN: Isn’t it?


 © Bruce Gatenby,  Sharjah //// United Arab Emirates

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