Les dames des livres


Les dame des livres are a group of four females looking at the way the library views religious text in comparison with fact. When it comes to the performance, we will be using a trilogy of books written by French art historian Emile Male to form dresses for three of our group members. We will be spending the first part of our performance forming the dresses, and tearing up the hundred year old books in ‘The Worth Room’ which resides in the library.

Audiences will be able to view the entire making process through multiple windows where we will be making the dresses to some traditional music, which was popular at the time the religious books are set around, the medieval ages. Once they are complete, we will be walking towards the aisles of the second floor library, where our final group member will be setting up pages that will attach us to the aisles to make it look as though we as performers are emerging from the aisles. Whilst we are being attached to the aisles, the three members wearing a dress based on religion will be destroying Darwin’s The Origin of Species in ways of torture that were found in the middle ages to show the libraries views in time on both religion and fact. Once the entire book has been destroyed through various methods, the individual will break free from the dress and leave the pile of pages behind them, giving viewers time to contemplate what had just happened.

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Links to posts by ‘Les dames des livres’

Final thoughts
Seeing how it will go on the day
1 Week to go…
Religion Vs Science
Challenges being faced
Fashion… put it on me!
What do you think?
Paper installation ideas
What Book to Destroy
Destroying Darwin’s the Origin of the Species
Time For A Trial Run
Linking Everything Together
Religion, Science and the Library
‘Assemblage is construction, production, representation and documentation’ (Pearson 2001, p. 5)
L’art Religieux Trilogy, 50p Books!
The Worth Room
How did these books get to our library in Lincoln?
Tracing the life of our abandoned books
The discarded books of Emile Male
Our first dress test
Playing with ideas
Researching the work of Anthony Gormley
Framing our peice
Books to wear
‘Reader’s digest’
”Making the content Site Specific- ‘Id architecture the concept of space, the space and the definition of space?’ (Tschumi 1995, p. 32)
Physically making literature an art
A sensory journey
Lone Twin and William Pope L: what do I want from my audience?
The Relevance of Audiences
What could we do in the library?
Experimentation and initial ideas
Leaving A trace
PLAY – ‘[Use] the character of the place to help shape the peice’ (Govan 2007, p132)
Does language make a place?
Discovering Language
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges
Can we redefine space?
Exploring site and peformance: what does it mean?

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