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13. Romy Rüegger, Language is Skin: Scripts for Performances


Romy Rüegger

Language is Skin: Scripts for Performances

228 pages, 20 x 13 cm, softcover, Archive Books (Berlin)


Romy Rüegger

What She Said Before Leaving Society, 2013.

Performance, 25'.

Courtesy of the artist.


ccording to her residency video, Romy’s sound based practice-performance, audio work and installative settings- shares a great interests in politics of languages and memories, knowledge production, learning and unlearning.. And she uses montage as a technique from film making and appropriated it to audio in order to work with documentary and fictional materials.


Unfortunately I actually didn’t find any documentation for her performance, but I did find her publication Language is Skin: Scripts for Performances which inspired me a lot in terms of what direction I could carry out and develop my text-base performance.


(I haven’t got the book but) In the description, it goes ‘the scripts… were written to be spoken.The scripts as they are printed are not just documentations of performances, but are rather indications of spatial and temporal layering, juxtapositions of aesthetic and poetic elements and bodies.’


I don’t think I put too much focus on structuring the position of the text in the performance. In another word, if asked how my text function in my works, I would answer with they are vehicles to convey meanings. But now I realized in this way I most likely would overlook the text itself and focus on speaking instead. What's the difference between a written text and a spoken text? Besides they're different means of transmit to the audience, if a text is written for the purpose of being speaking out, what quality should it possesses?

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