Danke für die tolle Unterstützung bei “trackings” in Wien!!! Joonas continues his search for Natalie…

The trackings performance in LABfactory in Vienna was awesome!!  The additions  and changes that I made with Thomas J. Jelinek (the leader of LABfactory) really worked out. And the audience was engaged, not the least thanks to the wonderfully  intimate “room studio/gallery atmosphere” of  LABfactory. This experience made me sure that trackings still has a lot of potential to develop. Great. And the audience feedback was enthusiastic; this piece *is* still worth performing.

We had a relaxed after-the-performance-talk at the LABfactory bar which also went extremely well. Actually that was my first public talk/interview as a solo artist (or – I should say – as a solo art-maker:-D). Hooray!

I have noticed that the first after-the-show questions and comments by the audience always concern the eating acts on stage;  there must be something very strongly suggestive (perhaps the materiality and the relative mundaneness (?)) in watching someone eat (too much/odd things). That’s great since for me eating and food are one of the strongest elements in identity construction and in the phenomenon “home” especially.

One spectator compared trackings to the French film Amélie (2001) which I am really happy about. I didn’t think of Amélie while devising trackings but that is one of my favourite films and I remember – after seeing the film the first time – myself  wishing to be able to make something as great some day …


Once more:

Danke für die tolle Unterstützung bei “trackings” !!! Joonas continues his search for Natalie…

About Joonas Lahtinen

Joonas Lahtinen (* 1984, FIN/A) is a performance artist, director and researcher who lives and works in Vienna and Helsinki. His performances are often site-specific and have a strong installational character. In his works, he explores the politics of space and of the everyday from perspectives that are both humorous and disturbing. Joonas has studied Performance at Queen Mary, University of London and he is writing a PhD thesis about the problematic of “emancipatory” participative art at the University of Helsinki. Since 1995, he has performed in various Live Art, theatre and TV productions both in Finland and abroad.
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