Performance:
WE ALL SUFFER FROM CAPITALISM, BUT WE REFUSE TREATMENT

We all suffer from Capitalism, but we refuse treatment” is a text work and a manuscript for a play.

The work emerged out of an original idea to stage Marge Piercy’s novel Woman on the Edge of Time from 1976, juxtaposing it with Revolt and Crisis – Between a Present Yet to Pass and a Future Still to Come (eds. Dimitris Dalakoglou & Antonis Vradis) (2011). Doing so facilitates discussion of potential future scenarios in a field where fiction and fact intersect.

Woman on the Edge of Time is regarded as a classic Utopian speculative science fiction novel. It merges a story about time travel with treatments of issues concerning economic inequality, social change, co-operation, social movements, and “repairing” the world.

Marge Piercy once said:

The reason why people write speculative fiction, in part, is because if you cannot imagine anything else, all you can ask for is more of the same, more McDonalds, more and bigger cars, more and bigger highways, more and bigger shopping centres – That’s all you can ask because that it all you can imagine, more of the same, bigger. Part of the reason why people write speculative fiction is to suggest that there may be alternatives. The imagination is a very powerful liberating tool. If you cannot imagine something different, you cannot work towards it.”

(Utopian Feminist Visions, Marge Piercy in a videointerview by Oliver Ressler published in Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies, 24 min., 2003).

The battle still rages

In December of 2008 the world saw how Greece plummeted into the depths of an unprecedented economic and social crisis whose effects would ripple out and be felt throughout the world. The book Revolt and Crisis analyses the revolt, contextualising it in relation to the state and city in which it arose. The book explores the waves of crises that followed in its wake, and offers theories on future possibilities for revolt in light of the economic crisis.

The book urges us to radically rethink and redefine our tactics for resistance in a rapidly changing landscape where crises and potentialities are engaged in a fierce battle with an uncertain outcome.

This last point is of central significance to We all suffer from Capitalism, but we refuse treatment: poised somewhere between fiction and fact it depicts the perspectives of revolution in a state of constant interchange between past, present, and future, accentuating the dialectic links between them.

Our existing, present-day society is partly described through our main protagonist – Connie, a psychiatric patient – and her memories of her past; partly through her experiences of the present; and partly via her journey through time to a future utopian world.

 

The utopia depicted in this play differs from other classic utopias in one respect: it is incomplete, not yet finished: the battle still rages. 

 

 

Duration: 60 min.

Developed and staged by artist Lise Skou in collaboration with Gritt Uldall-Jessen.

Content: Staged reading, booklet published by Antipyrine

Actors: Rikke Eberhardt Knudsen, Ulrik Nykjær Jeppesen, Helga Rosenfeldt-Olsen

Commissioned by Kunsthal Aarhus for Systemics #3, 2014
Supported by The Danish Arts Council

Saturday 17. January 14:00