Learning to Imitate
by Yael Davids
'Learning to Imitate' is an ongoing performance lecture that takes different forms according to the specifics of a given cultural and architectural situation.
Responding to the acoustic context of Picture This, Yael Davids is interested in testing the possibility of constructing a three dimensional score using white acoustic plates, a group of participants, a syntax of props that move and relate to the position of the audience and to the position and voice of the artist or speakers. Extending out of this mis en scène Davids seeks to address how a group of people can carry the singularity of a voice through moving into constellations in space, and how different bodies can be embodied by one voice and vice versa. The white constructions will transform the voice into language by forming sound boxes - producing a moving spatial abstraction out of language. For Davids Learning to Imitate asks the questions: How to create a three dimensional score? What is the relationship between the written and spoken word? What is the relationship between the page and the body? The pen and the mouth? Thinking and pronouncing?
Supported by the Mondriaan Foundation and BKVB (The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture).
Learning to Imitate was commissioned by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Revolution.
Learning to Imitate in Absentia is part two of an investigation that follows on from the first iteration Learning to Imitate.
Yael Davids: Ending with Glass
11 September–13 November 2011