PRESENTATIONS 1.1-1.4 PERFORMING THE SELF IN THE SELF(IE)-SOCIETY
Jonas is staged. Jonas
is masked. Jonas is created. Jonas is Jonas.
An individual is at odds
with her/himself, when she/he tried to coincide with her/himself. To coincide with
oneself is an impossibility.
Self-mediation, self-portraiture and self-creation are all fields
of interest that have created the base for this project: PRESENTATIONS. PART 1.1-1.4. Performing a self-portrait in the self(ie)
society. The performance is framed as a talk show where the main topic of debate is me (Jonas Øren).
Four different talk show
settings will investigate the performance of the self, self-mediation and the
politics of the personal through four
specific themes; past, future, sex and career.
will be framed as a new talk show with different hosts, artists, and guests. It
will also be a new production of movements and meaning – all linked to the
theme of the specific show. Using autobiography, the starting point is to
investigate the coincidences in the object and subject – the sameness and
differences. I have a feeling that I could coincide with myself; my body is the
site where both the object and the subject of the self intersect; a complicated
situation that leads to confusion as there is the self that is being performed
and the performing self. It marks a hiatus between the object and subject – the
coincidence and the noncoincidence – they are not the same, neither in
consciousness nor in reality.
Opening the peformance with the interpretation of different
personae created by four choreographers,
the thematics of the show will create
a setting for live interviews that will be physically interpreted by me. In
addition to being pure entertainment, focusing on showmanship and the ability
to wow the audience, this choreography has an amibition to deal with an
underlying problematic chosen by each choreographer. It will be the typical
glossed up and polished first impression, which the rest of the performance
hopefully will not be able to maintain; a made-up image created and worked
in juxtaposition to the content of the live interviews.
Following the opening number the talk show starts and the guests
will be interviewed by the host. Each show will be hosted by different people.
The interviews will be based on my own personal experiences, making the
performance autobiographical. Performing the interviews, the guests mark
the diversity of performing subjectivity through mediation and strategy. The
interviews won’t provide anything but narrow references to the personal.
The physical articulation and reaction to the interviews, marking
the ending of the performance, reveals a potential of creating the personal for
others while performing the self. It is a corrupt version of the first
choreography – a repetition or an anti-quotation – undermining the essentialist
notions of the self and of identity. It marks the politics of the personal in
connection with the personal as a manufactured commodity, in particular. My interest in the format of the talk show is also based on the
fact that the Qualitative Method links to talk shows and the usage of live
interviewing. In the method, qualitative analysis forms a basis for the
creation of movements and composition. Interviews of the guests will form a
basis for my physical articulation that will end the show – a repetition of the
beginning, but now under the influence of what has been revealed in the
The physical self(ie)-portrait of myself is produced by the
interviews; translating and
transfering statements into movements – as if painting a portrait using
people’s words as colours. It is a showcasing of my performed
"truth", in relation to the different topics.
What will then be revealed through this autobiographic performance
else than a personal, egotistical, solipsistic and narcisistic point view? I /
me will never be authentic. The personal will always be manufactured. But the
collective creation of the self will forever be a divided self and the binary
between fictional and real remains unstable.