Angela Bertram & Mary O’Neill: Oral/Response

17.51 - gareth

They leave.

17.50 - gareth

The writer reaches back to the position where she started. Both women rest on their knees, looking in the same direction.

17.49 - gareth

The has set and the room is growing increasingly darker. It feels fitting, somehow.

17.48 - gareth

The change in colour of he text is corresponded with the colour of the crushed charcoal dust: black through shades of grey to white.

17.47 - gareth

The person standing next to me noticed that I was checking the rugby scores.

17.44 - gareth

The stenciled marks are also becoming increasingly faint.

17.43 - gareth

I’ve only now noticed that there’s a small pile of dust next to each position where the paper was placed. The piles are increasingly smaller.

17.42 - gareth

From the end of the room I can imagine it looks like a chimneystack, billowing smoke.

17.41 - gareth

There is a suggestion of symmetry, despite being asymetrical. But that’s perhaps because I’m standing on the side.

17.37 - gareth

She now writes backwards, away from the wall and over the original text.

17.35 - gareth

The text now stretches across most of the room, the stenciled dust only perhaps a meter or so.

17.34 - gareth

The paper is periodically lifted and then replaced, creating a sheet by sheet stencil for the charcoal dust.

17.31 - gareth

The text is becoming increasingly indistinct. It was begun in black charcoal, then through various shades of gray, now in near-white.

17.30 - gareth

Each line of text begins with the pronoun ‘She’

17.29 - gareth

“She blows the dust across the paper”

17.29 - gareth

The text written on the floor is a description of the other performer’s actions.

17.28 - gareth

The behaviour of the audience seems to fluctuate; sometimes we are still, sometimes we move, sometimes we stand close to read the words, sometimes we all seem to stand against the wall.

17.26 - gareth

The dust is then gently blown. The blower has charcoal dust on her nose. The other continues to write.

17.24 - gareth

Dust from the crushed charcoal is sprinkled onto a sheet of card that is taped to the floor.

17.23 - gareth

Two women. One is crushing charcoal with a pestle and mortar. The other uses charcoal to write on the floor of the space.

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