Invitation Read-in Cinema

June 20, 2015

Emily Kocken & doubles
Het Veem Theater / Tickets
Thu 14, Fri 15 & Sat 16 May / 19:00
Sun 17 May / 14:00

A performance presented on
four successive days

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Read-in Cinema is a mini drama in three episodes. On Sunday afternoon the whole serial is performed.

In a half circle, approximately ten people read from a script together. Their voices are different, just like their age. Their appearances are alike. (Imperfect) clones; reproduced after an original design that cannot be identified anymore. Multiple hands, eyes, and voices become a plural female figure with half long brown hair, bangs and a slender figure of 1.69m.

These doubles read the complete script of Picnic at Hanging Rock. In the film four girls disappear during a picnic at the foot of an old cliff in Australia. The story is reminiscent of contemporary disappearances all over the world—the two students from Utrecht that disappear in Panama in April 2014, the 200 schoolgirls that are kidnapped that same month by Boko Haram, never retrieved, the 43 students in Mexico whose faith is still unclear.

Emily Kocken spread her portrait through the city: ‘searching for look-a-likes’. In several places discussions formed about who did or did not look like her. Those that recognized themselves in her, sent their portrait. Emily found her doubles. The artist’s external features become ‘common good’, and her identity is both underlined and erased.

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