You Have Brought Me Overcooked Rice

Photograph courtesy of Peter Fingleton


2011, VINYL, 190 x 340 cm
WRITTEN BY MARLENE DUMAS – EXCERPT FROM “IMPROVISE – ON THE DRAWINGS OF KEREN CYTTER” IN VIENNA, 2007: KEREN CYTTER. THE VICTIM, EXH. CAT., VIENNA, MUSEUM MODERNER KUNST STIFTUNG LUDWIG WIEN, NUREMBERG: VERLAG FÜR MODERNE KUNST NÜRNBERG, 2007


Federico Fellini was talking about how he needs an elastic scenario, and how actors who learn their part by heart make him feel uncomfortable. "What if I want to change the text? What if a new scene comes to mind? What if I feel like improvising a completely different movie? Or taking up another profession?" He watches his actors off screen eating and talking about soccer or ordinary things. So, in the movie when the actor has to say, to his love or his son, "Get out of this house", Fellini can say to him, "Please do it like the day you told the waiter, 'You have brought me overcooked rice'. Indeed, I sometimes go as far as making the actor actually say: 'You have brought me overcooked rice', instead of: 'Get out of this house'. Later on, when dubbing, you can always get that line back in."



This excerpt is from a text artist Marlene Dumas wrote about her former tutee Keren Cytter. Taken out of context it also serves as an umbrella that links my three video pieces exhibited at the NCAD Degree Show 2011.