Individual Project

Punch Line (Language)

Leiden University, Leiden (NL)

Eleni Kamma presents the performance 'Punch Line (Language)' with Margo van de Linde at the PhDArts Conference at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University.

Cast: The One Whose Words Penetrate Brains
Location: Bema at Ancient Agora
Plot: The One Whose Words Penetrate Brains stands on the Bema at the Ancient Agora and speaks about the new cyber-bema and its potential.
Sketch: The One Whose Words Penetrate Brains steps on the rock and starts talking loudly.

Eleni Kamma’s research project ‘Taking Place: Parrhesiastic practices of social transformation within local forms of theatricality’ examines how local European forms of theatre and urban scenographies can be rephrased as ‘parrhesiastic’ practices of social transformation. Her art practice serves as both starting point and framework of the project. Kamma’s viewpoint continually moves between the positions of artist and researcher, her practice being situated between a monologue and dialogue. Kamma is working along a Möbius strip schema, which keeps shifting or circulating between her as an individual artist, practicing her monologue (e.g. through drawings and objects), to dialectic collaborative attempts between individuals and herself (e.g. the journal Paroikeo, walking and talking activities, a performative event), to then writing about it. On the occasion of celebrating ten years PhDArts, Eleni invites theatre director, actress and singer Margo van de Linde to take the floor and to step into standup comic and writer Dimitris Dimopoulos’s newly commissioned joke LANGUAGE, which casts Eleni’s parrhesiastic character The One Whose Words Penetrate Brains as protagonist.