Isabel van Hauwe, Luuk Menting, Luuk van der Vaart, Naomi Aerts, Sanne van Aalderen
The Jungmann square at 12.30 is cold, grey and empty. The few people gathered around the PQ pole in the centre of the square suggest a performance is coming up. People quietly awaiting the performace are asked to come together, change position and sit down in front of several carefully placed boxes and chairs. We are undeniably in a public space, but the square is about to change.
The space turns into a theatrically framed vacuum in which theatre traditions take over. The openness of what moments ago was a public area through which people passed freely, is gone. A performer places several objects from a scale model next to the life-sized object from which it was derived. Slowly she deconstructs the model.
When she asks the audience to break the spell of the theatrical setting and inspect the deconstructed elements in front of them, the performance space also evaporates. Gradually people come closer to have a look, freeing themselves from the setting