Subliminal message. Emancipatory.
Shhhh.. Have you heard about that? Maybe we don’t talk about it, but did you know that..? Whispers, secret talk, silent mail, rumours, or even gossip, are often perceived as demonized attributes of bored women. Let's collectively take the ethical critique out of the words "gossip" and "rumour" and acknowledge that gossip can be emancipatory or even feminist. They can become a tool which enables to listen to and pass on information that is hidden or (consciously) withheld in public discourse.
Shhhh [šššššš] sound encourages you to stay quiet and listen – listen to the kind of words that go unheard in everyday situations. Seemingly unimportant speech hidden below the surface of typicalconversations, speaking about others, speaking long-forgotten acts back into existence: for some it might be gossip, for others, a powerful tool of emancipation.
A large-scale installation is, by its form, linked to the heroine of the story: the mythical Arachné. The space of installation was, for the time of the Kutná Hora Theatre Festival, made alive by performances of the allied artists, whose practices are focused on active listening, gossipping and other emancipatory practices.
ARTISTS* Alex Sihelsk* & Anto_nie ▪ The Psychedelic Choir (DE) ▪ timmi
THEORY Ela Plíhalová
PRODUCTION Zuzana Rambousková
CURATORS Anna Chrtková & Petr Dlouhý
GRAPHIC DESIGN Kristýna Žáčková
PHOTOGRAPHY Patrik Borecký