A User’s Guide to Authenticity Is a Feeling
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MM: If you had to describe your book in one word, what would it be and why?
JW: Perhaps I would go with the word “liveness.” So much of what we’ve done in performance over the past twenty years must have to do with the desire to make something live, something alive, something that feels like we’re really doing it and that something is at stake in our desire for its immediacy.
Who likes reading user manuals? Exactly. Unless they’ve been written by Jacob Wren! The author and performer is a founding member of the artist group PME-ART from Montreal. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, he has written a book entitled “Authenticity Is a Feeling: My Life in PME-ART”: a hybrid of memoir and performance theory, while simultaneously also a history of collective working. Now, there is a performance as a manual to accompany the book and the anniversary – a paradox, clever, honest and funny. The FFT has supported the group for many years and after highlights such as “Families are formed through Copulation” or “The DJ who gave too much information”, we can’t wait to welcome the commemorative performance to Düsseldorf: finally, a user manual that explains how to make art that feels like real life!
Jacob Wren reads from Authenticity Is a Feeling: My Life in PME-ART
As part of the Society for Theater Studies’ conference, we are hosting a lounge conversation about collective working after the performance on November 9th. With Mit Mieke Matzke (She She Pop), Veit Sprenger (Showcase Beat Le Mot) and Jacob Wren.
Concept & Performance: Jacob Wren. Costumes: Claudia Fancello. Technical Director and Lights: Paul Chambers. Coproduction: PME-ART (Montréal), FFT (Düsseldorf) and Inkonst (Malmö). Supported by: La Chapelle Scénes Contemporaines (Montréal), dem Conseil des arts des lettres du Quebec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and The Canada Council for the Arts.
Jacob Wren has been mixing literature, performance and visual art since the late 1980’s. His books have been published in English, French and Norwegian. Most of his works are created as artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART.
Claudia Fancello is an artist and performer from Montréal. She produces projects for theater, galleries, festivals and other contexts together with the PME-ART group since 2008. Claudia is moreover involved in costume design, artistic support, research and directing rehearsals.
Montreal-based set and lighting designer, as well as member of the CHA collective’s artistic directing team, Paul Chambers works with artists across all disciplines. This as well as working on new dance productions has always had priority for him. In addition, his work of leading workshops has always been very important to his personal development as an artist and mentor.