Breaking Quiet does not offer "Breaking News", but rather exhausts itself in its stuttering: the unspeakable and unpronounceable questions the relevance of daily news and which events make it into the news at all. The news repeat themselves, even if the people involved change.
Breaking Quiet breaks up the festival's "newsroom" and the "breaking news" produced in it - as well as the demand on the audience to have to choose between the performances taking place at the same time at the festival. Can a performance festival get the audience out of the passivity of reception and encourage them to take active action?
Breaking Quiet therefore does not negotiate "news" topics, but eludes topicality and the attention economy. The performance also questions the demand on artists to produce something new, i.e. to be "innovative". A scripted dialogue text (with quotations by Boris Groys from "The New", 1992) is stuttered as news. A "tele-prompter" shows the text with its omissions visible to the audience. A tattered microphone reinforces the dysfunctionality of this thwarted news presentation.
Performance by Barbara Holub and Christine Hohenbüchler
BONE Performance Art Festival Bern
Schlachthaus Theater Bern
curated by: Sibylle Omlin und San Keller