Performance and installation, De Appel, Amsterdam,
originally commissioned by Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery in Berlin
Stage, flower, building stones, wooden sticks, small ladder, chair, guitar,
paper cup, record sleeves, clock, paper, plastic plants, schnapps
glasses, toy pistol, ping-pong balls, tape, a drummer and a flutist
Duration: 21:57 min
In this performance Sæbjörnsson talks with a characternamed Jörgen. They hold a flowing conversation, in which the artist tries to force Jörgen to tell him how many hands he has, how tall he is and to express himself in an intellectual way. Jörgen has a very strong will and refuses to participate in this conversation. He answers whatever he likes, and in the end he is the winner, because he gets Sæbjörnsson to sing songs with him. The songs are quite childish, but Jörgen seems to love them the more simple they are. On the side of the stage a drummer and a flutist play along, and Sæbjörnsson plays guitar during the songs. After about 15 minutes Jörgen falls asleep, and Sæbjörnsson starts interacting with the video image by performing various kinds of magic tricks. This part of the performance is different from the first, more abstract and non-narrative but based on the same objects as the first part.