For the production Read-in Cinema, visual artist and author Emily Kocken is looking for performers age 19–52, heigth 163–172 cm, body type: slim, hair color: brown, hair length: medium/long, eye color: brown, English speaking. Read-in Cinema will premiere in May 2015, rehearsals start February 2015, auditions 10 & 11 January 2015.
In Read-in Cinema Emily Kocken creates a reading organism of twelve performers looking like her. This new circle of ‘look-a-likes’ read the script of the film Picnic at Hanging Rock, a famous cult movie from the seventies. In daily episodes Read-in Cinema tells the story of the disappearance of a group of schoolgirls during a picnic set in 1900. Masked as a murder mystery the story is a classic manifesto against the polarization of female and male identity. The strong image of thirteen ‘identical’ performers reading and breathing as one questions the nature of identity itself.
The importance of the park is celebrated nationwide on May 25. The Rembrandtpark plays a big role in the novel Witte vlag. The characters seek refuge and fight about their marriage. If you happen to be around that day, you are invited to sit on Elzbieta’s bench and listen to a bit of Witte vlag. The reading by Emily starts at 10:00 am. Duration is one hour.
The Book Lovers presents the first (pop-up) bookstore dedicated exclusively to artist novels. The bookstore is hosted by de Appel arts centre and run by Buchhandlung Walther König. For the first time the novels will not only be on display for public’s perusal, but also available for sale, fulfilling in this way the public dimension inherent to the novel format. In addition to this, the full collection of artist novels will be on display, borrowed for the occasion from MuHKA in Antwerp.
The novel Witte vlag by Emily Kocken is part of the collection and will also be present in the store.
There will be an accompanying public program of performances. The opening will be on 28 January.
Opening 28 January 18:00 – 21:00
Among others: Jaap Blonk, avant-garde composer and performance artist, reads an excerpt from Guy de Cointet’s novel Espahor Ledet Ko Uluner! and Mark Geffriaud (photo) performs A New Refutation of Time.
1 February 14:00 – 21:00
Performance Simultaneous by Heman Chong, artist, curator and writer.