[-empyre-] Introducing myself

Greetings empyricists

I'm going to frame my introduction by talking about the suppression of individual identity in the literary and visual frames of my current project 1001 nights cast (http://1001.net.au)

The video frame
For anyone who has been present (in my time but your space) at one of the live webstreamed performances that I do every sunset, you will have noticed the very tight frame of the mouth. The whole performance is generated there. First, the number of the performance is revealed through the tongue stud which has the number of the performance stamped into it, then the story is told. The full range of facial expression is denied. It is the classic Beckettian "not I" frame. In terms of "identity" - one of the themes of this discussion - I have deliberately taken measures to suppress the specifics of my own identity in order for others to exist through me. In this and many previous performances, I often think of myself as a medium of the live-channelling kind. In the course of performing the 713 stories to date, I've learnt to find different tones for each story, without actually building characters in the theatrical sense (I'm not a trained actress. I'm hopeless with accents and shudder when a writer gives me a story that calls for accented dialogue. Sometimes I feel up to it, sometimes I don't.), although I see how the line between medium and actor is thinning.

The story frame
The introduction to the project (http://1001.net.au/index.shtml) is written as a micro-story that fades in and out over three screens. It is written in the third person, again, in order to devolve the personal to the general. In the same way that Scheherazade's own story frames subsequent stories in 1001 nights, the progenerative compendium of Arabian tales, so too does the project's frame tale allow other subsequent tales to come into being.

Perhaps some of the 1001 nights cast writers will come forward in this discussion with their views on how their "voice" is carried/changed/ventriloquized/consumed/feminised/Australianised by mine?



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