Department of Desire
Department of Desire
„The problem for us is not as to whether our desires are satisfied or not; the problem is how do we know what we desire. There is nothing spontaneous, nothing natural about human desires. Our desires are artificial: we have to be taught to desire. — Cinema is ultimately a parverse art: it does not give us what we desire: it tells us how to desire.“
Slavoj Zizek. The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema
Department of Desire is an attempt to offer a spatial collision of paradigms in which cinematic experience is shamelessly superimposed by a shocking theatrical expression. The state of contemporary human consciousness is driven and projected into a luminous reality in which the notion of liveliness no longer stands for the here and now. The desire of a spectator, a longing for the primal endgame is projected into the virtual realm which only simulates the return of the catatonic gaze. The curated project is seeking to expose a rupture between the suggested liveliness of the performers in flesh and the fleshlessness of the virtual cinematic experience.
Witnessing the moments of oedipal drama in communal anagnorisis, the catastrophic failures and tragic miseries performed by the Members of Department strip bare the hidden desires of a monadic spectator. Just like a psychoanalyst standing between the analys and the disease, a curator is posited between the artist and the artefact, cur(at)ing and healing as well as infecting and destructing. A spectator entering the Department of Desire should never step out of it the same.
Director: MART KOLDITS
Sound, light and video: EMER VÄRK
Performers: Estonian Art Academy scenography students: KRISTEL MAAMÄGI, HENRY GRIIN, KRISTI SOE, ELE KRUSELL, SANDER PÕLDSAAR, CAROLINE STAUCH, EVE ORMISSON
Curator: Prof. LiILJA BLUMENFELD
Will premiere at POT Festival on April 23rd, 2011 in rehearsal room of Von Krahl Theatre.
Performances April 23, 24, 27 and May 4, 7, 9, 10, 11 at 19
S 23. April 19:00
Date & Time
S 23. April 19:00 - 20:15