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Experimentation and Initial Ideas






Language is playing an important part and has done since reading ‘The Library of Babel’1.  At present, it is represented solely through the action of typing.  The lettered keys on a computer creating that word to add to language and never ending knowledge.

‘a true sign language is a genuine human language [and] can convey anything that can be expressed in a spoken language…’2.

1st Tryout ((Cox 2013)) : (

2nd Tryout ((Cox 2013)) : (


*Experiment further with rhythm and pace*Language created in movement*Canonised, subtle movements versus synchronised, sharper actions*Discover content – essential to meaning*Involve drawing/writing from memory as experienced in the moment, experimenting with drawing as a form of language*Books heaped onto desks, looking at breakdown of language*Use a range of technological devices*Development of content essential to support image.  Needs to be informative to be engaging.

As I began to recognise the pattern on the podcast, the more my mind began to wander.  I wanted to write a story with words such as ‘beginning’ and writing simple sentences such as ‘My name is Natasha’ cropping up.  It was almost like going back to basics, starting again, asking the question, for example ‘where do we learn to type?’ How has technology helped enhance our learning of language, helping us to expand our knowledge?

We then tried to base the performance on something contextually solid.  A Book.  Full of ideas, history and key figures, but which book?  The Book.  The Bible.  Translated into different languages and filled with codes and numbers, there is at least one Bible in every library; the core of belief and the beginning of language.  Babel is taken from Genesis.  Is there a way we could do something with the story of Genesis?  Or for that matter, The Book of Numbers, especially when speaking of codes?

Word Count: 311

Works Cited (in footnote order):

(1)    Borges, Jorge Luis (1998) “The Library of Babel”, The Garden of Forking Paths, trans. Andrew Hurley, New York: Penguin, p.112.

(2)    Trask, R.I (1999) Language: The Basics, 2nd edn, London: Routledge, pp.19-20.

(3)    Cox, Emily (2013) Blindfolded Performance/The Library of Babel, dir. Emily Cox, Online:  (accessed 16 February 2013).

(4)    Cox, Emily (2013) Blindfolded Performance 2, dir. Emily Cox, Online: (accessed 16 February 2013).

  1. Borges 1998, p.112 []
  2. Trask 1999, pp.19-20 []
Posted: February 7th, 2013
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Leaving A Trace…






Part 1

Carpe Diem: “seize the day”– this is what the “placing of a note in a book” exercise reminded me of.  This positivism of being able to communicate easily with the implements of pen and paper drove me to write a feel good message.

Sharing the personal.

Last year I participated in a performance event that used Carpe Diem as its theme.  It was created and performed by Amy Szypusz, now a Drama graduate from the University of Lincoln.  The audience were the performers by answering questions and completing set tasks over 1 week.  It was interesting to observe that each and every one of us had interpreted the tasks differently.  On performance day all the information we’d given was then collated into one studio space.  What felt at first like a very personal individual task, was then shared collectively with others, joining people in a positive experience.


Nicholls, Natasha 04/02/13, University of Lincoln Library.

Nicholls, Natasha 04/02/13, University of Lincoln Library.

Part 2

‘…working with language, we are interested in co-opting the audience as imaginative authors – so that they ‘create’ whole worlds… in their head.  Anytime we do this, we are also driven to then finding ways to ‘destroy what they’ve made in order to start all over again…’1 .

Blindfolded Typing Experiment (1st Performance Idea)

The Subconscious.  Writing What Comes First Into Our Minds.  Analysing The Way Thoughts And Language Are Formed And How It Is Deciphered.

Initial Ideas:

*Creating codes placing the audience as problem solvers

*Using veils to cover our faces/ keep audience in control of understanding

*Playing with the senses, reacting to what is around us, atmosphere continually informing performance

*Actions controlled through voice/sound.  We were all inspired by the headphone exercise and Fuel’s Everyday Moments podcasts created by various artists for people to listen to anytime and anywhere.  I listened to ‘Everyday Moments 9’2 by Melanie Wilson, a podcast listened to in the bathroom.  Both voice and sound triggered me to feel different emotions throughout.

‘The dislocation…to shared meaning that may be established within a specific place of performance with particular audience reception, the vacillation “between presence and absence…’3.

Word Count: 361

Works Cited (in footnote order):

(1)    Gardner, Lyn (2009) We Are Waging a War/Forced Entertainment, Online: (accessed 2 February 2013).

(2) (2011) Fuel Theatre/ Projects, Online: (accessed 6 May 2013).

(3)    Baugh, Christopher (2005) “New Technologies and Shifting Paradigms”, Theatre, Performance and Technology, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p.218.

  1. Gardner 2009 []
  2. 2011 []
  3. Baugh 2005, p.218 []
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