this was before

this was before

Herman Asselberghs

video, color, 16:9, stereo, English spoken, BE, 2014, 28'20"

Herman Asselberghs' film piece adapts the participatory performance Questions by Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat to a cinematic format. Seven participants take part in a conversation made up only of questions. The session is not rehearsed or scripted in advance: it is the very first question that triggers this horizontal game of moving thought in what seems to be a moment outside of time.

Questions functions according to a strict set of rules to be announced before commencing a session:
- Everyone can be a performer.
- Performers speak exclusively in questions.
- One may ask an unlimited number of questions in a row.
- One may ask for thirty seconds of silence.
- One may ask for the repetition of a question.
- Questions can be rephrased or repeated by the same person, or by someone else; immediately or later on.
- Questions are asked to everyone and to no one in particular.
- Questions are not proposed in a rhetorical fashion.
- Questions are not made as statements, they are no implied answers to other questions.
- Consecutive questions do not need to address the same subject.
- Questions should be able to stand alone. They do not need a context, a past, or a future.
- Questions can be trivial.

Based on the original participatory performance by Sirah Foighel Brutmann & Eitan Efrat
Participants Emiliano Battista, Boris Belay, Sirah Foighel Brutmann & Eitan Efrat, Robbrecht Desmet, Mette Edvardsen & Anna Manubens
Cinematography Grimm Vandekerckhove
Sound recording Laszlo Umbreit
Sound design & edit Boris Debackere
Support Beursschouwburg, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, Contour Mechelen vzw, Argos Centre for Art & Media and LUCA School of Arts

this was before

Has recently been on display at the following locations:

De Garage Mechelen (BE), Dec 3, 2016 – Feb 12, 2017 EMAF Osnabruck (DE), Apr 23, 2015 Temporary Gallery Cologne (DE), Apr 17-19, 2015 argos Brussel (BE), Apr 1-4, 2015 Cultuurcentrum Mechelen (BE), Feb 14 – Apr 26, 2015 CPH:DOX Copenhagen (DK), Nov 6-16, 2014 Beursschouwburg Brussel (BE), Mar 20, 2014 — 20:30