Tweny-three mini scenes, twelve sculptural sets, two languages and continually shifting roles, The Seed Eaters is a deconstructed play made with Emily Mast that invites renewed interpretation about endings. The performance unfolds as a collection of vignettes about "The End"—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 again in a second language. The meaning of the piece and of each ending changes every time.
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 Seed Eaters creates and holds a space where language, objects, and participants' personalities have equal value, if only for a moment, before starting over.
After each performance, the sets and the performance space are left open as an exhibition, allowing spectators to approach the sculptures close-up and play out the scenarios themselves.
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
With Luke Johnson, Garrett Hallman and Zoe Kauder Nalebuff
PRESS + MORE
Performance still from The Seed Eaters, Grazer Kunstverein, 2017
Photos by Thomas Raggam and Lena Dragoljic