Grace Phillips & Laurie Robins
United States 2018, 25 minutes
Real Performance stages a repetition exercise in a contemporary shared office space. The exercise is designed to teach actors to build authenticity, with the expression of spontaneous real emotion as the goal of each new performance. In the video, the exercise is pushed beyond its normal time constraints, forcing the two actors beyond the controlled limits of their training. At regular intervals, a series of lines selected from management textbooks are incorporated into the otherwise improvised exercise. In highlighting the language of emotional leadership, Real Performance visualises the gap between two perspectives on empathy: as a method of extracting value from labour and as an intense and transformative force that can produce an alternative kind of space, conjured up in plain sight, spontaneously available to anyone as resistance to instrumentalization.
On 2 November Real performance is part of the opening programme.
What else is on the programme?
See the timetable to visit the other programmes with your Festival Pass (5-days) or Day Pass (1-day). With the passes you can also visit the festival exhibition The Curse of Smooth Operations at the IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] and Steenweg 26.
Grace Phillips― Artist
Grace Phillips is a writer. She received an MA from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths in 2015 and an MFA from Temple University in 2022. Her writing has appeared in Mask Magazine, Pidgin (Princeton University School of Architecture), AQNB, and the Balkanist. Film presentations include New Wight Biennial at UCLA 2020, Transmediale 2019 and 35. Kassel Dokfest. In 2019, she presented a new performance for the AARK residency in Finland. She currently teaches and works as an organizer for AFT Local 6290 in Philadelphia.
Laurie Robins― Artist
Laurie Robins is an artist and filmmaker based in Philadelphia where he is a Teaching Assistant/MFA candidate. He received an MA from the Centre for Research Architecture (Goldsmiths, University of London) and was a studio participant in the Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study Program. Robins has been artist in residence at Askeaton Contemporary Arts (IE), the South London Gallery (UK) and IMMA (IE). Recent presentations include Temple Bar Gallery and Studios (IE), Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (US), Transmediale 2019 (DE), South London Gallery (UK) and a radio broadcast on KBMF Butte Montana.