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White on White #1 - The Rapyrus

The Rapyrus was the first collaborative work of Malmborg and Schmit. Intended as a singular production, the project became the starting point of an ongoing performance-series questioning representation.

Critical Whiteness Theory offered Malmborg and Schmit (as WHITES) a new way to engage in the problematics of "race" and identification. WHITE people, being the obvious profiteers of a racist world, in this way of thinking are no longer encouraged to be only "tolerant" (which in White on White´s point of view is just another strategy of domination, implying a superior "tolerant" and an inferior "tolerated" agent), but are included into the debate by cultivating means of looking at themselves as racially constructed AS WELL.

Malmborg and Schmit started to develop methods to collectively produce texts, which aimed to describe the situation of the performance, the space and the interaction between performers and audience. These texts tried to put all these parameters in their historical context, read from a critical WHITE position. In the rapyrus they only focused on what was present and thereby held themselves and the performance responsible for all decisions that led to the position it existed in.


we have chosen this room to be black, because that makes us visible.
we have chosen this room to be black because that makes our contours clear.
We have chosen this room to have doors to make sure that we have a safe and secret meeting place.
We have chosen this room to have doors because we can close them.
We have chosen this room to have doors that can be closed because we believe that it represents our bodies in an appropriate way.

As one of the major privileges of power is: not to have to articulate itself, MAKING WHITENESS SPEAK / GIVING THE OPRESSOR A VOICE is to be considered as a critical act.

By and With : Iggy Malmborg & Johannes Schmit
Shown at : BAT-Berlin

 

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