33 rpm and a few seconds: Lina Saneh/Rabih Mroué (Show 2)
Lina Saneh / Rabih Mroué
33 rpm and a few seconds
A turntable sits on a stack of amplifiers, an ensemble that evokes the pre-CD hi-fi era. A telephone is on the floor. A bulky television. Books are scattered about. A laptop and printer, a mobile phone in its charger. Behind looms the wide screen. This performance is void of any actors.
In their semi-documentary work, Rabih Mroué and Lina Saneh reconstruct the final moments of a person's life. A young Lebanese man takes his own life, and in a farewell letter, declares that his reasons are personal and have nothing to do with politics. The young man is dead but everything lives on, vibrating and communicating in his bedroom: the television, the answering machine, the computer… Time pauses and begins anew; history is pieced together — never constructed, of course — from so many fragments of communication.
Co-presented by Asia Society, PEN World Voices Festival, and Performance Space 122.