CONVENTION/ CES POUPÉES QUI DISENT OUI 2
2000, b/w photograph, 224 x 129 cm
LAS VEGAS VENTRILOQUIST CONVENTION, 27-30 JUNE 2001
Each year, hundreds of ventriloquist meet for an international convention in Las Vegas.
2001, b/w photograph, 59 x 40 cm
THE INNER VOICE / LOVE
with Willie Tyler (Los Angeles)
DV PAL, 4:20 min.
The American ventriloquist Willie Tyler was a star in US television in the 1960s. The ventriloquist and doll confirm one another.
THE INNER VOICE / NOT UNDERSTAND ONE ANOTHER
with Wendy Morgan (London)
DV PAL, 5 min.
Dummy and ventriloquist speak past one another.
THE INNER VOICE / PRAISE AND BLAME
with Jennifer Field (Chicago)
DV PAL, 1:19 min.
In the only video from the series with a child, dummy and ventriloquist heap praise upon one another, and within seconds get caught up in a fight.
YOU ARE BAD
with Ronn Lucas (Las Vegas)
DV PAL, 3 min.
The dummy explains to the ventriloquist that his character flaws leave him no reason to feel good.
ARBEITER LEHRER UNTERNEHMER
with Bodo Albertini
DV PAL, 2:03 min.
Two individual gloves — an acid resistant glove and a skiing glove — and the actor personify teacher, businessman and worker. Borrowing Pierre Bourdieu’s „Distincion“, they list indicators of their lifestyle.
LA VOIX INTÉRIEURE / TRAVAILLER
with Lise Maurais (Quebec)
DV PAL, 15:30 min.
Dummy and ventriloquist have a dialogue about wanting to work and not wanting to work.
LA VOCE INTERNA
Performer: Pietro Ghislandi
Concept and director: Asta Gröting
The Italian version of The Inner Voice was held at Milan’s Viafarini. Alternating with a dummy, ventriloquist Pietro Ghislandi reads from a newspaper that looks like Le Repubblica for two hours. Actually called La Voce Interna, the paper was produced especially for the exhibition and primarily contains responses to the question “Are you happy?,” which was taken from a series of interviews published each day in Berlin’s Tageszeitung in East and West Berlin.
with Ari Lausanne (Helsinki)
Video, Digi Beta, 15 min.
The Finnish translation of the first version DIE INNERE STIMME from 1993.
DIE INNERE STIMME / REMIX
with Pierre Bagée
Digi Beta, 5 min.
The first video of the series „The Inner Voice“ was made with the variety artist Pierre Bagée. A pleasant psychotic — the dummy — meets a crazed psychiatrist.