Vendredi 2 février / Everybody Loses / Théâtre (en anglais)

Everybody Loses : The Death Diary of Karl Patterson Schmidt est une performance théâtrale en stand up et en langue anglaise de Tom Payne (Doppelgangster), du « British non sense » engagé inspiré par l’auteur américain Roy Scranton.

– À 20h
– Entrée libre
– Performance en anglais

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(English below)

Cette performance se place dans le cadre de l’exposition « Dérive » (Dérive – Street Level Industries / Exposition d’art contemporain) accueillie à La Générale du 28 janvier au 4 février.

>>> L’expérience du docteur Karl Patterson Schmidt, qui a documenté scientifiquement sa propre mort après une morsure de serpent, est mise en résonance avec notre incapacité à répondre aux symptômes (extinction massive, catastrophes climatiques) des dérèglements causés par notre modèlge de « développement ».

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« Everybody Loses : The Death Diary of Karl Patterson Schmidt » is a performance and a part of a program of works occuring during the exhibition entitled « Dérive » by Street Level Industries -> Dérive – Street Level Industries / Exposition d’art contemporain.

« Everybody Loses » is a performance of a death by snake bite. In this one man show Doppelgangster’s Dr Tom Payne informs his audience that phone signals have been blocked, the doors locked, he’s shooting up venom, and nobody is leaving until he knows what it is to die.

Drawing on the true, self-documented death of world famous herpetologist Dr Karl Patterson Schmidt, historical accounts of the religious ritual of Snake Handling, Doppelgangster’s own personally documented accounts of self-poisoning, reptilian myths of genesis and the coming apocalypse, « Everybody Loses » interrogates societal obsessions with eternal youth, eternal life, and the destruction of our planet.

Presentation and performance styles evoke and appropriate 1950s scientific lectures, death diaries, suicide notes, Southern-style snake handling, and the warnings of that one scientist at the start of every disaster film ever. « Everybody Loses » is both a glorious spectacle and a grave work; obliquely engaging with themes of climate change and the 6th great extinction; asking, with the unprecedented scientific documentation of the changing planet, and our failure to respond to the symptoms, is it too late to stop the poison?

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« Original and unquestionably effective…gripping and intelligent » – Placing the Anthropocene (Mark Whitehead)

« This, this is Sci-Art: Now everyone else needs to up their game » – A Modern Antiquarian (Erin Kavanagh)

« Impeccably detailed… flawless performance » – The Ceredigion Herald

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Read More: https://artistsandclimatechange.com/2017/12/18/life-death-doppelgangster-and-the-anthropocene/

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CREDITS
– Performance DR TOM PAYNE
– Writing TOBIAS MANDERSON GALVIN & DR TOM PAYNE
– Music MARIA MOLES and ADAM HALLIWELL
– Videography DR SAM CHRISTIE
– Scenographic Design DR TOM PAYNE & TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN
– Promotional Photography WILSON LIEW
– Performance Photography KEITH MORRIS

A DOPPELGANGSTER production. Developed with support from SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY, ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE and MKA THEATRE OF NEW WRITING. Thanks to Mark Whitehead ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY and Alan Resetar CHICAGO FIELD MUSEUM.