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Not a Tosser 

Laban Centre Studio Theatre, 2015.

 

What is it? Come in, escape from reality and witness the most marvellous living creature. The concealer of all collections an accumulator of all clutter. Do not mistake this compromiser for a tosser.

Not a Tosser, is a performance installation which explores the relationship between the accumulator and their objects and highlights the ridiculousness of one's clutter collecting, by researching the way in which people retain objects of apparent little value. This performance discovers the human need to retain objects which have an emotional rather than a practical value to its possessor.

Taking nostalgia, longing, plastic souvenirs, visible/invisible spaces and the Neanderthal as themes, Not a Tosser questions that if the souvenir is metonymic [a sample of experience] is it changeable and questions if its representation and narrative could be altered so that is it no longer metonymic, but is an exact and not an allusion? 

As part of her process, Charlotte has reinterpreted the idea of a small section of Herman Hesse's novel 'Steppenwolf' - The Magic Theatre: the large scale cardboard box has become her own Magic Theatre in which she, as the Concealer, is confronted with the reality of her collection - the useless objects have restricted her freedom of movement and the narrative of the objects has been rewritten. The human body has now become the object, the other, the P.T Barnumesque hidden museum character.  

 

Photography and film by Briar Boyko

Please click below to see the extended programme note for Not a Tosser.