This instalment of Out of Focus has inspired different ‘dedications’ I created in response to interviews I have conducted especially for OOF.
Spending time is a recurring theme in my practice of Performative Interviews. It is a counter balance to the usual procedure of interviewing. I spend time crafting the situations, carving out new structures for a Performative Interview. I spend time with the interviewee and finally with the actual material, CAREfully chewing on it for a while.
The interview is a microcosm. Its structure, underlying power struggles, language and reason for validity and popularity are revealing. Performative Interviews are a process – they are not composed of a definite, rigid structure. Instead, they unravel this microcosm and approach it with a matriarchal outlook.
For Out of Focus I wanted, therefore, to reimagine and reperform these conversations by focusing on the post-interview process. The dedications have been inspired by the encounters, and do not include the actual interview material.
I have approached the four-month period of my OOF instalment as a residency, during which I will publish two dedications. So the actual interviews that have inspired these dedications are up for auction on OOF. Hence the material in its raw form will only belong to one member of the audience. In addition, at the end of my residency I will conduct a live interview, which one of you will be given the opportunity to join in as an audience member. Being a residency, I might decide to add, change or remove things from the project throughout its duration.
I have invited Hélène Cixous to join me later on in the residency, and am looking forward to her contribution.
Emely Neu is a performer whose work revolves around interviewing as artistic practice. She began interviewing familiar strangers intuitively at the age of six, and has continued questioning the format ever since. With a background in acting and journalism, her work has been presented in both broadcast and print media. Her quest for initiating creative dialogues is manifested in the book Let’s Start A Pussy Riot (published by Rough Trade), which she curated in 2013.