With Léo MARIN - Curator of the exhibition “MAPPING AT LAST : The Plausible Island”
What is the genesis of this new creation ?
When SUZANNE creates, the context of the creation is an essential data to the aim, the shape and the poetry it gives to the work. SUZANNE reflects her work as experiments into which spaces and people who build those spaces model the artwork’s intentions.
For “MERCURES”, French curator Léo Marin invited us to be part of the collective exhibition “MAPPING AT LAST : The Plausible Island” and made us think about the great concept and art pattern of the “islands”. SUZANNE immediately took an interest into different international emergency communication systems and coded languages used by military services in isolated contexts. The initial idea was to activate a performance the day the exhibition catalog was released : a kind of event inside another event as island-based utopias in literature and arts can represent for our western societies. From exhibition to edition, from performance to art catalog, from the living to the archiving, SUZANNE thought of the project as a living ponctuation to the vocabulary of contemporary art.
Although SUZANNE conceived MERCURES by and for the exhibition, the performance remains as an independent project. Presented for the first time as a 15 minutes long performance, SUZANNE developed MERCURES in two other versions : a 30 minutes long performance and a one hour stage version currently in work-in-progress.
What feelings would you like the audience to attend ?
The idea SUZANNE would like to spread is nothing more than the incredible intensity of a life experience shared by both the audience and the performers. To impose a feeling to someone is exactly the mistake SUZANNE wants to avoid. What is more interesting to spread is a bunch of open questions, sometimes with no apparent answer that keeps the mystery complete and free about the aim of the piece. The goal ? To think together and to take with oneself a memory, good or bad, SUZANNE doesn’t mind. Instead of answers SUZANNE favors questions, instead of yes and no SUZANNE prefers maybes as a starting point to infinite possibilities.