“The Inconvenienced or On the Exhaustion of Other People”
Post Theater, Arnhem, The Netherlands
August 24, 2021
Dialogue with Batool El Hennawy
“Two lights, perhaps stand-ins for bodies, bathed in an intense green wash and mist. Stage lights rotate, shifting position and colours as a conversation plays out via disembodied voices. It’s hard not to read the altering light states as the amorphous nuances of the conversation itself. It’s not clear who the conversation is between. There is talk of resolutions and differences. ‘We’re always a mix of things but we can work through them through commitment to something / And then work through the conflicts / Do you have a way of measuring your desires?’ / I feel like you’re always trying to rationalize our relationship. And I hate it.’ The smoke from the smoke machine becomes metaphorical of thought, or the exhaust fumes of emotional labour. We are eavesdroppers to compelling undecidability, uncertain if the conversation is a recollection, scripted, fragments of other people’s conversations and so on. “If You Like Pina Coladas” plays in the background, bringing an irony and nausea to what we hear, or even variations of what we may have once said ourselves.”
"We want to feel the inconvenience of other people but only in a certain way. This is what attachment means..." Lauren Berlant, Interview, 2019.
"..you are exhausted before birth, before self-realization or realizing anything whatsoever." Gilles Deleuze, The Exhausted,1995. "Every evening I died and every evening I was born again." Fight Club, 1999.