by Alex Eisenberg
That Night Follows Day by Victoria and Tim Etchells
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
7th April 2009
7.46pm – 7.51pm
Seat K12 – (A)
Seat K13 – (H)
Seat K14 – (U)
You can read an introduction to Small Talk here.
A: I was wondering if anyone was going to come and sit next to me.
H: Why…were you trying to…sell the seat?
A: No…I was not trying to sell a seat? [ALL LAUGH]
U: Thank you.
A: How are you?
H: Good how are you? [SOUND OF CHILDREN PLAYING/SCREAMING]
A: I’ve had a busy day. I’ve been cycling like a maniac.
U: Doing what like a maniac?
A: Cycling…yeah…for about three hours…
U: Fantastic! For exercise or to get around?
A: No, I do some work that I need to cycle for.
H: Yeah…[SOUND OF CHILDREN PLAYING/SCREAMING]
U: And have you been to other stuff at the Spill Festival?
A: Yeah…I went to Inferno.
U: Yeah, us too.
A: How was that for you?
U: Errrr…I liked it a lot, and I was jet lagged but the next morning I did wake up and want more from it in terms of the way it was [SOUND OF CHILDREN PLAYING/SCREAMING] we were jet lagged and the pace…I actually loved the pace…it was very, sort of, mesmerising.
U: And then we went to see the installation and we are going to see Purgatorio tomorrow, so it would be good to look at them as a trilogy.
A: As a three?
Where, why were you jet lagged – where had you come from?
A: Oh my god! You’ve come all the way from Australia…for the festival specifically?
U: We’re on holiday but yes, for the first week of Spill…then we’re going to Spain.
A: How nice.
U: Yes…so we are seeing lots of shows. [SOUND OF CHILDREN PLAYING/SCREAMING]
A: Oh great.
So what do you think this is going to be like?
U: I have no idea…I love Tim Etchells and I love Victoria so…it’s ummm…we’ll see….
A: We’ll see…we can’t know necessarily.
U: It’s actually been in Melbourne
A: Oh okay…you didn’t catch it?
U: No I didn’t get to see it…so…so are you an arts…worker…do you work in the arts?
A: I do yeah…
U: Is your cycling for a performance?
A: Err no…its actually for a job, but I’ve been desperately trying - not desperately - I’ve been trying to craft it into a performance for a while. I cycle around so much and I always get very distracted from the actual thing that I have to do.
U: Are you a courier?
A: No I’m not a courier…this is what everyone thinks - that I’m a courier. I’m actually a ‘database collector’ and so I get a list of addresses and I have to go to the addresses and have to basically write down the name of the company that is there…but I get very distracted…in the city. [SOUND OF CHILDREN PLAYING/SCREAMING]
U: That’s so funny…
A: Yeah…it’s a strange job. So I’d like to make it a performance but I don’t quite know how that’s going to pan out…but it’s definitely in my mind. [SOUND OF CHILDREN PLAYING/SCREAMING]
U: This obviously didn’t sell out…I’m surprised.
A: Someone did say it had sold out but I don’t…I don’t think it has.
H: How long’s the run?
A: It’s just two nights.
U: Two nights.
U: I guess this is a big space…but it’s not that full… [SOUND OF CHILDREN PLAYING/SCREAMING]
H: Two nights…
H: I don’t know how people…how they do it…for two nights…we don’t do that. A two-night run seems to be very standard in contemporary performance here, in the UK, and we don’t, we don’t do that.
A: Oh okay…I think its something to do with the fact that its part of the festival…and it’s a way of creating a movement through the festival?
H: Yeah…of course.
H: But it seems to be…with places outside of the festival context…they seem to do that with live art though…
A: Yeah...I think so.
H: We very rarely do this…in the week…
[SOUND OF CHILDREN PLAYING/SCREAMING]
Well you understand…if it’s in a festival, in a large venue like this that seats, what, seven, eight hundred…
A: Yeah…about seven hundred…
H: Then you understand [SOUND OF CHILDREN PLAYING/SCREAMING] when you go and see two nights of another show…and you think about how many people they turned away…
A: What…they turned away people tonight?
H: No, no…we went to see Mem Morrison’s show and you know that was two nights with a capacity of ninety and some people couldn’t get in because it was sold out.
A: That’s a shame…
H: Maybe that’s the first run and then err…it gets picked up by a bigger venue, with more money, who can…err
A: I think that show was also specific to that space, to a certain extent?
H: It wasn’t available because, for weddings and what-not…I believe so….[SOUND OF CHILDREN PLAYING/SCREAMING]
A: It seems to be going quiet now….
THAT NIGHT FOLLOWS DAY
To find out about Alex's Small Talk click here: Small Talk by Alex Eisenberg
Alex Eisenberg is an artist making performance. He is helping to coordinate SPILL: Overspill over the course of the festival.