February - March shooting at Ghosttown studio.
The monologue is a fictionalized version based on conversations with previous Local or Market Maker Elie Ayache (writer of The Blank Swan, The End of Probability, 2010).
Set - Actor - Monologue - Character
The video work tries to escape history by introducing little shifts, little twists. The piece shows the different stages of performance: rehearsal, becoming and being.Starting from documentary footage a shift takes place from reality to fiction and back again.
Local moves between two poles of performing and persuading.
In Local the set is the recording studio. This one on one relation shows the set-up of the performance.
Several actors perform the monologue in 3 acts. The actor is set-up too. Its character becomes ambigue.
The monologue itself leads us to another set. A set that is visualized in our imagination, namely the set of the open outcry pit. The audience gets introduced to this open outcry trading pit. The action and reaction of those actors and their set are being described. It is described in slow motion and with speed until the image becomes present.
The character is pro open outcry. He doesn’t see progress in contemporary trading algorithms in which computers replace human traders. His language is affirmative, theatrical, poetic and tragic.
The character defends his position through philosophy namely that of Deleuze and Meillassoux.
photo Dominik Daggelinckx