Thirty-three mini scenes, seventeen sculptural sets, two local languages and continually shifting roles: The Seed Eaters is a deconstructed play made with Emily Mast that explores different ideas about “The End.” The performance unfolds as a collection of vignettes—ranging from a scene about illness, to a disappearing moon, to the lifecycle of a swimsuit—that players select and perform, before switching roles and performing everything once again in a second language. The meaning of each performance is determined greatly by each group of three players.

Inspired by the awkward and sometimes dangerous space that separates strangers, The Seed Eaters plants connections between people, to engender collusion, teamwork and blind hope, in a social and political moment when it feels like the world might be falling apart. The work emboldens empathy through the collective experience of endings, enacted by way of continuous new beginnings. As a meditation on order and hierarchy, The Seed Eaters creates and holds a space where language, objects, instructions, and participants' personalities have equal value, if only for a moment, before starting over.

 

PERFORMANCES

Grazer Kunstverein, Austria
Co-presented through the Steirischer Herbst 2017 Festival
Performances: September 23–27, 2017
Installation and texts which museum goers can activate will remain on view at the Grazer Kunstverein September 23—October 31, 2017

Machine Project, Los Angeles, April 2017
Workshop presentation
With Luke Johnson, Garrett Hallman and Zoe Kauder Nalebuff

PRESS + MORE

E-Flux
DRAFF interview with Emily
DRAFF performance diary

Performance still from The Seed Eaters, Grazer Kunstverein, 2017
Photos by Thomas Raggam and Lena Dragoljic