Ok after our phone call, here are some notes, and I will try, as you requested, to avoid direct talk of the video work “Caryatid Encounters.”
You wanted to talk to me, but only about certain things, unnamed. And however, in the video, what happens about talking, about your control?
The question of what brought you to your various projects…seems important. As the way you talk, you are on top of some things and not others. What comes to the surface after you get involved with a topic….
The idea of repetition and re counting. Re imagining. Re staging. That kind of provocation…it’s not Brecht…
The rampant clash of monologue and dialogue, and…the pairings of all the ladies holding up all the buildings. Dualism, double. Body double. All that.
The idea of embodiment, I say this as the word is often appearing in one form or another. Many forms. In the video the monologues for example…there is “the other” there but only off screen. Even the (story of, who knows if it’s real) boy dying…off screen.
What is an accident in your mind’s eye? What is a desk in your mind’s eye?
Decoration of the interior. Literally house is, “bigger on the inside than the outside” (From that older press release by B.). And also from B., writing in that case, “a window swallows the light”…in the new video the window literally swallows the sound. And…in this case of swallowing…where is the eye and the ear of the protagonist?
…the idea of puzzlement. People are puzzled. On all sides. All cases.
Fashion and fashion changes.
Time textures insofar as fashion changes…but the cookies stay the constant.
The idea of instrumentation in your work…what kind of instrument is the body, is the house?
Doors and offerings. Too much to say here.
What is the act of looking at a window in your work? Why do you do it this way, I mean…what are the issues here? (tons)
How or why at 24:45, things crystallize.
Estrangement. The stranger.
Being captive. (Also X Machina, etc)
Trying to captivate someone. (Seduction)
The film, Caryatid Encounters, starring Bitsy Knox as “Helen,” was made with Laura Langer (AD); and Giacomo Gianetta (2nd AD); Co-produced and edited with Theta.Cool; cinematography by Mariel Baqueiro AMC; lighting by Jacopo Falsetta; location recording by Robin Rutenberg; wardrobe by Zoë Field; makeup by Lau Perez Bravo; set designed with Laura Langer; music composed by Tomás Nervi. Featuring, in order of appearance, Max Eulitz, Carolin Karnuth, Bob Kil, Luzie Meyer, Martina Römert, Laura Langer, Lau Perez Bravo, Robin Rutenberg, Giacomo Gianetta, Simon Baker, Tomás Nervi, Juan Pablo Larraín. Helen’s character and dialogue developed with Bitsy Knox. Letter design by Max Eulitz. Workout by PUMPKING. Sal’s dialogue written with Juan Pablo Larraín. Party music by Dylan Aiello. German translation by Elisa R. Linn; set construction by Lachlan Petras; food by Vivi Ableson. Thank you to Sanssouci for the use of the Palace. Special thanks to Dylan Aiello, Ann McLaughlin, Joe Aiello, Mackenzie Davis, Dennis Hochköppeler, Rózsa Farkas, Justine Do Espirito Santo, Tomás Nervi, Laura Langer, Bitsy Knox and the Arts Council England for their support during the making of the film.