Notes on Marriage



TeaK, Theater Academy Helsinki, Feb 2015

This presentation was held on Feb11th, 2015 at the TeaK in Helsinki where we aimed to explore possibilities of affect-based recall and recognition. The performance was located in some ironic couple therapy set up by juxtapositioning the domestication of animals with heterosexual marriage (domestication of women), relying entirely on emotional vocabulary, asking the participants to feel, to emphasize or share emotional states. Ultimately some mechanism of anxiety and power patterns resurfaced.

„Bitch, literally meaning a female dog, is a slang pejorative for a person, commonly a woman, who is unreasonable, malicious, a control freak, rudely intrusive or aggressive. When applied to a man, bitch is a derogatory term for a subordinate. Its original use as a vulgarism, documented to the fourteenth century, suggested high sexual desire in a woman, comparable to a dog in heat.“