Figures of Speech 1


Figures of Speech 1, 2008
Text-based performance with PowerPoint, STUK Festival, Leuven, 2008

Figures of Speech 1 departs from the idea of the artist as a constructed author-subject acting within a work of art and is an attempt to articulate the potential of a sense of agency that extends the border of the artwork by producing affects and effects.

The performance is built up of two parts. The first part comprises the development of the concept of the “I-machine” as that what produces affects and effects and is constantly changing. The second part traces the changing forms of the artist’s agency (and how agency can be structurally transferred away from the artist) in the previously mentioned works.

These works are introduced by a short description and each specific construction of the author-subject is re-articulated as a ‘Position’ – a speaking position, that is to say, a specific condition of speaking (from) within a work of art that equals the construction of the work and comprises too the construction of its own conditions of reception.

There are four positions: “Position 4” is not based on a previous work, but more a speculation on what could develop when taking in account Virno’s writing about the notion of “virtuosity” in relation to performativity and political action.


Still from Figures of Speech 1, 2008
Text-based performance with PowerPoint, 20 min / video, 13:54 min


Still from Figures of Speech 1, 2008
Text-based performance with PowerPoint, 20 min / video, 13:54 min


Still from Figures of Speech 1, 2008
Text-based performance with PowerPoint, 20 min / video, 13:54 min


Still from Figures of Speech 1, 2008
Text-based performance with PowerPoint, 20 min / video, 13:54 min

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Figures of Speech 1, 2008
video, 13:54 min