Above: Habits, written and directed by Sophie Chapman + Kerri Jefferis. Performed by Patrick Bayele and Eleanor Roberts at Redact the Abstract, Lewisham Arthouse, May 2018. Credit: Sophie le Roux / sophielerouxdocu.com
“We are in the epoch of simultaneity: we are in the epoch of juxtaposition, the epoch of the near and far, of the side-by-side, of the dispersed.” - Foucault, Of Other Spaces, Heterotopias. 1967
‘Habits’ is a feverish, ten minute duologue set between two people - a toilet queue, a train, online and in a waiting room. Derived from real conversations it references; internal sensation, viscosity, class, cliche, gesture, deviance, labour, systems, gaps, tendencies, dispositions and difference. Exploring liminal locations as heterotopic places to posit and play with thoughts, a kind of thinking out loud - lived experiences are anchored by abstract references as the protagonists, go round. Never arriving at their destination or an answer, constantly referring to an anticipated ‘starting time’ that never comes. They tease out ideas, painting dada-esque visual poems of ‘white bread made of chicken feathers’, overflowing ‘plastic cups of menstrual blood’ and ‘walking through life as a nub, having sex as a nub, shopping for spinach as a nub’.
The conversation references the macro and the micro; illustrating how we formulate our experiences and relate to one another (or not) along the way. Speculating on what it means to be shaped and orientate ourselves in the moving, contemporary world.
Below: Documentation from performance. Credit Sophie le Roux / sophielerouxdocu.com