Performance 'The Lemon Emigrant' Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, 2008.
The Lemon Emigrant Performance 2008
Cooperation with Istvan Ist Huzjan.
As a continuing project, Tudor Bratu and Istvan Ist Huzjan, are writing a book together, by sending each other various anonymous quotes selected from a variety of writings (prose, poetry or writings on art and philosophy) dating as far back as the 15th century. Independently they react to the quotes received, with new quotes, in this way appropriating the thoughts of others while implementing a personal meaning on the texts used. The book thus created, has then been fully memorized by a hired actress, who in turn became the embodiment of the book – the keeper of different layers of meaning and interpretation, as well as the keeper of knowledge. The thought, that all knowledge is eventually forgotten, present in all layers of thinking and existence – from the first cave drawing, to the foundations of storytelling, to the printing press and to contemporary internet - is embodied by the actress, who eventually, after having fully memorized the book, will also have fully forgotten it. The actress has performed during the exhibition 'Don't Forget Anything' by being present and, upon request, performing excerpts of text from memory. A project proposal is part of the performance.
Link to 'The Lemon Emigrant' proposal text.