TIME HAS FALLEN ASLEEP IN THE AFTERNOON SUNSHINE

 
 
 
 
 

 Living books 

For Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine a group of people/ performers memorize a book of their choice. Together they form a library collection consisting of living books. The books are passing their time in a library, walking around, talking together, reading in paper-books from the shelves, ready to be consulted by a visitor. The visitors of the library choose a book they would like to read, and the book brings its reader to a place in the library or for a walk outside, while reciting its content (and possibly valid interpretations).

The idea for this library of living books comes from Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451, a future vision of a society where books are forbidden because they are considered dangerous, and that happiness must be obtained through an absence of knowledge and individual thought. The number 451 refers to the temperature at which book paper starts to burn. As books are forbidden in this society an underground community of people learn books by heart in order to preserve them for the future.

Books are read to remember and written to forget. To memorize a book, or more poetically 'to learn a book by heart', is in a way a rewriting of that book. In the process of memorizing, the reader for a moment steps into the place of the writer, or rather he/ she is becoming the book. Maybe the ability to learn a whole book by heart is relative to what book you choose, the time you invest, and perhaps your skills. But, however much or well you learn something by heart you have to keep practicing it otherwise you will forget it again. Perhaps by the time you reach the end you will have forgotten the beginning. Learning a book by heart is an ongoing activity and doing. There is nothing final or material to achieve, the practice of learning a book by heart is a continuous process of remembering and forgetting.

 
Photo by Silvano Magnone - Kunstenfestivaldesarts (2013)
Photo by Document Photography - Sydney Biennale (2016)
Photo by Bea Borgers - Kunstenfestivaldesarts (2017)
Photo by Silvano Magnone - Kunstenfestivaldesarts (2013)
Photo by Silvano Magnone - Kunstenfestivaldesarts (2013)
Photo by Massimiliano Donati - Live Arts Week (2014)
Photo by Massimiliano Donati - Live Arts Week (2014)
Photo by Silvano Magnone - Kunstenfestivaldesarts (2013)
Photo by Elly Clarke - Fierce Festival (2012)

 

 Book titles 

Bartleby, de wetskopijst - Herman Melville
Faust - Johan Wolfgang von Goethe
Runaway - Alice Munro
Congo - David Van Reybrouck
I am a Cat - Soseki Natsume
De man achter het raam - Gerrit Krol
Elias of het gevecht met de nachtegalen - Maurice Gilliams
Bartleby the Scrivener - Herman Melville
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
نصف العالم – غسان كنفاني
com نسيان – أحلام مستغانمي
Answered Prayers - Truman Capote
Verzamelde gedichten - Hans Faverey
Pan. Een Gedicht - Herman Gorter
Remainder - Tom McCarthy
Elskeren - Marguerite Duras
Pianolærerinnen - Elfriede Jelinek
Sataniske vers - Salman Rushdie
Thomas F's siste nedtegnelser til allmenheten - Kjell Askildsen
Crash - J.G. Ballard
Aesop's Fables - Aesop
Short Stories - Oscar Wilde
(Un)arranged marriage - Bali Rai
The Trial - Franz Kafka
Collected Poems - Michael Donaghy
Against the Forgetting: Selected Poems - Hans Faverey
Hakkepølsa - Torgny Lindgren
Λι – Νίκου Καββαδία
Οι βλαβερές συνέπειες του καπνού – Άντον Τσέχωφ
Τρυποκάρυδος – Τομ Ρόμπινς
βαθύ μπλε, σχεδόν μαύρο – Θανάσης Βαλτινός
Four Quartets - T.S. Eliot
Monsieur Songe - Robert Pinget
Rêveries du promeneur solitaire - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
La carte et le territoire - Michel Houellebecq
Méthaphysique des tubes - Amélie Nothomb
Zeepijn - Charlotte Mutsaers
Een dag in 't jaar - Herman Gorter
Die unerträgliche Leichtigkeit des Seins - Milan Kundera
Mistrz i Małgorzata - Michał Bułhakow
In Nessun modo ancora - Samuel Beckett
Lessico Famigliare - Natalia Ginzburg
Il fucile da caccia - Inoue Yasushi
Se une notte d'inverno un viaggiatore - Italo Calvino
Seltsame Sterne starren zur Erde - Emine Sevgi Özdamar
Loslabern - Rainald Goetz
Wilgotne miejsca - Charlotte Roche
Wiedzmin- ostatnie zyczenie - Andrej Saphowski
Opowie ci o pilocie Pirxie - Stanisław Lem
Gwiazd naszych wina - John Green
Antikristus - Friedrich Nietzsche
100% Chalice - Chalice
Hingede öö - Karl Ristikivi
Elu võimalikkusest kosmoses - Mati Unt
Hämmastav Maurice ja tema õpetatud närilised - Terry Pratchett
Ülestähendusi põranda alt - Fjodor Dostojevski
Vinterreisen - Georges Perec
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
l'Analfabeta, Racconto autobiografico - Agota Kristof
Così parlò Zarathustra. Un libro per tutti e per nessuno - Friedrich Nietzsche
Emily L. - Marguerite Duras
Confessions d'un mangeur d'opium anglais - Thomas De Quincey
Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
Orlando - Virginia Woolf
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues - Tom Robbins
Metamorphosis and Other Stories - Franz Kafka
The Waves - Virginia Woolf
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
L'Amant - Marguerite Duras
Dr Faustus - Christopher Marlowe
Godhavn - Iben Mondrup
Aperissagumma sooq allattartunga... - antologi
La vie est ailleurs - Milan Kundera
Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Sphinx - Anne Garetta
La Buena Suerte - Fernando Trías de Bes Mingot & Álex Rovira Celma
If on a winter's night a traveler - Italo Calvino
Testo Junkie - Paul B. Preciado
Autobiography of Red - Anne Carson
Lion - Michael Ondaatje

 

 Performers 

Aaron Virdee, Adriano Wilfert Jensen, Alexandra Napier, Andrea Maurer, Angela Goh, Bruno de Wachter, Brynjar Bandlien, Camilla Høg, Caroline Daish, Chloe Fisher, David Helbich, Dolores Hulan, Dominik Smaruj, Elly Clarke, Emmilou Rössling, Esperanza Gomez Carrera, Ewa Chmielewska, Giota Bibli, Helena Polasik, Irena Radmanovic, Irini Tsava, Isadora Angelini, Jaanika Tammaru, Jan Kühling, Johan Sonnenschein, Julie Pfleiderer, Justine Maxelon, Kaarel Targo, Kamil Malecki, Kaija M. Kalvet, Katarzyna Stankiewicz, Katja Dreyer, Kristien Van den Brande, Kristine Øren, Kristo Veinberg, Laura Niils, Léa Poiré, Lilia Mestre, Lizzie Thompson, Luigi Pignati, Mari Matre Larsen, Marit Ødegaard, Maria Psarologou, Marios Kritikopoulos, Martin Slaatto, Mette Edvardsen, Michealangelo Miccolis, Mihkel Kallaste, Moqapi Selassie, Muna Mussie, Nicholas Von Kleist, Patricia Woods, Philip Holyman, Pivinnguaq Mørch, Rauno Polman, Razan Akramawy, Rhiannon Newton, Rosemary Lee, Roza Moshtaghi, Sarah Ludi, Sara Masotti, Sébastien Hendrickx, Simon Asencio, Siriol Joyner, Sonia Si Ahmed, Staffan Eek, Tiziana Penna, Tom Engels, Ulf Nilseng, Usama Zurba, Vincent Dunoyer, Wouter Krokaert,...