Borrowed Splendour, 2007

Performance / Duration: 20 minutes.

Three participants enact a pre-scripted situation – a short encounter between two men and a woman. They have no previous idea of they are supposed to do – they discover their task at the same time as the audience. Two instructors guide them with detailed directions via microphones:

Lift your eyebrows in a questioning manner. Look at mark 4 on the table, breath in deeply. Think violent thoughts.

Within the script, gender and power relations between the three characters are periodically shifting. The participants gradually transform from executors of a task, to actors playing a role, who interpret, manipulate and at times diverge from the script.