We Are Before (stories of an intruder)
For the past seven years of my life I was an intruder. Unasked and uninvited, I walked into meeting-rooms, and started to speak about how we live together as human beings, about society as a co-creation by every-one. One could see my intervention as a bomb or as a gift. People were surprised, shocked, moved, angry. With my guerilla-speech was I tried to transform any meeting into a political moment. I surprised more than 10.000 people this way, interrupting their daily routines by asking big and small questions about life. I always said the same words, I called it Lecture For Every One. It spread over twelve different countries but remained largely invisible. Like a virus. This is not fiction, this really happened. Now I want to share this story about words, love, violence and connection. About people alone and together. It’s a story about what it means to speak up, today. About the (im)possibility to address every-one. And about how we are always before. Before the war starts, before you kiss, before you really decide. How today also, we are before.
This lecture performance will take place at MDT. It will be presented by Sarah Vanhee via link – together with the printed publication of We Are Before, which will be possible to purchase.
- About Sarah Vanhee
Sarah Vanhee is an artist, performer and author. Her interdisciplinary work travels in between civil space and institutional art field. She worked in open fields, prisons, private living rooms, theatres, on public canvases, in corporate meeting rooms, etc. Recent works include amongst others “undercurrents” (intervention), “collected screams” (lecture-performance), “Unforetold” (stage performance), “The Making of Justice” (film), “Oblivion” (stage performance), “Untitled” (meetings in private houses), “Lecture For Every One” (series of intrusions), “The C-Project” (artist novel and work in public space).
While strongly embedded locally, Vanhee’s work has been presented widely internationally in diverse contexts such as Wiener Festwochen (AT), Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), FTA (Montreal), Festival Actoral (Marseille), PuSh Festival (Vancouver), Jihlavava IDFF, Van Abbe Museum (Eindhoven), Centre Pompidou (Metz), Short Theatre (Rome), iDans (Istanbul), Printemps de Septembre (Toulouse), Forum Alpbach, Noorderzon (Groningen) etc. She co-published “Untranslatables” and wrote “The Miraculous Life of Claire C” and “TT”, as well as other texts. She regularly collaborates with CAMPO (Ghent) and is founding member of Manyone vzw. Sarah Vanhee is supported by Buda Art Centre for the period 2017- 2021, as well as by the APAP network (Creative Europe Programme of the European Union). From September 2018 on, she is a doctoral student at the Antwerp School of Arts, in collaboration with the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts. She was awarded a mandate for her research project “bodies of knowledge – the public space as a forum for the exchange of repressed or underexposed knowledge.”
Performance & text: Sarah Vanhee. Set-design: Astrid Fieuws. Produced by: Manyone. Co-produced by: CAMPO, Vooruit, kunstencentrum BUDA, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, STUK, BIT Teatergarasjen, Skogen. Book published & distributed by: APE.