The Thing with a Hook
Half Japanese once claimed that the only chords one needs to know on an instrument are the ones that plug it into an amplifier. Here, technique comes second to amplification and expression. By sensitively scanning everyday people the performers seek to amplify what is in front of them. In The Thing with a Hook Nicholas and Salka put one word in front of the other in order to describe a place they see everyday but have never been to.
Who could know why the songbird sings?
Perhaps an un-scratchable itch between the wings?
Anyway, what good do these dirges, these hymnals bring?
Who considers these busy sounds as important things?
Still the earth rumbles and the sky rings.
- About Salka Ardal Rosengren
Salka Ardal Rosengren, born in Stockholm, is a dancer living in Brussels. She graduated from PARTS in 2010. Her piece “Trash Talk”— a collaboration with Mikko Hyvönen has been shown in different venues in Europe. This summer she performed in Tino Sehgal’s “This Variation”, (d)OCUMENTA 13. She is working with Xavier Le Roy, currently touring “Low Pieces” (2011) and with Daniel Linehan, currently touring “Gaze is a Gap is a Ghost” (2012), “Zombie Aporia” (2011) and “Montage For Three” (2009). In the spring she will participate in a research project by Nada Gambier.
- About Nicholas Hoffman
Nicholas Hoffman, from Canton, Ohio, is a sculptor, performance-thing-maker and musician living in Vienna, Austria. He received a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2008 and since 2010 studies sculpture at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien. His work has been shown in Tanzquartier Wien (“Touch me, Loveme. Pick me up and throw me” w/ Mierla Baciak), Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Fleet Street Theatre Hamburg (“Fad Furnishing” w/ Mierla Baciak), Regional Creative Center Kanjiza, Artenalia Festival 2011, Salon für Kunstbuch Wien (“A Kind of Forever Present” w/ Bureau for Open Culture), Imagetanz Festival 2012 (“1m2 Performance” w/ Studio-5), Freischwimmer 2012/2013 (“Meaning Meaning” w/ Studio-5), and Ve.Sch Gallery Wien (“Cito Lange Tarde/Respect the Bartender”).
Concept and performance: Salka Ardal Rosengren and Nicholas Hoffman. Light design: Björn Kuajara. In collaboration with Workspace Brussels, PAF and MDT. With the support of The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and the DEPARTS network. DEPARTS is funded by the European Commission, Culture program.
- The thing with a hook
- Salka Ardal Rosengren & Nicholas Hoffman
- 3.43 MB