stereo voice-over, 6’
© Joanna Pianka, Creative Cluster, 2021
The piece Self-Intersecting conveys the possible uses of vacuum cleaners in the form of an instruction manual and, through the language used, opens up a space within which normative possibilities for action become visible. The linear, (hetero)normatively formulated text functions according to an ableist and sexist pattern. The linguistic construction addresses and produces an actor who meets these requirements by possessing a ‘healthy’, normal and dynamic body. The linguistic construction of the instruction manual describes a natural activity and confronts social norms in the process, since private space is also a public space that is negotiated. The question of how private space communicates with public space is dealt with here.
This video performance work designs a new language through a semiotic net and deconstructs the linguistic power of an instruction manual in order to locate it as an instrument of power. The spoken text is supported by visual grid and space vectors, through which new spatial lines are designed and the space is de- and reconfigured.