‘Without The Word II’
Six different monitors are placed on a large table, which is divided into six parts by means of wooden partitions.
Each monitor shows a picture of a person talking directly into the camera. The speakers are people from different countries talking different languages. At regular intervals they all suddenly break off their speech at the same moment and their face-expressions transform into a state of concentration and quiet meditation. This is done by computer manipulation of the original footage.
The content of what is performed is arbitrary. The work deals with the physical and mental consequences of speaking or being silent in general. The spoken word monopolizes the space in which it is spoken. As the silence falls, there’s always the echo of what has been said.