Searching for my mother: games

Mother and games : Instructions

performers/en-actors:

Ayush Gulati

Prathigya Singh

Vyomika

Saranya Shashidharan

Sheshdev Sagria

Shiromi Subasinghe

Mother and games ,is a performance that carries the body of en actors. The en actors follow the instructions and the documentation is done by a performer itself. The motive to revisit how during all these years of civil wars the, common man has always been controlled by the higher powers. The document-er becomes a performer itself, who captures own version of the act. (How media and archives are been propagated).

The performances circumnavigate within the locus of mother and motherland, child or children that pledged into war and its memories of the lost children: whom the mothers search or remember and the children searching for the abstract term ‘mother’ within the terms of motherland, mother tongue and identity.

Mother and games ,is a performance that carries the body of en-actors. The en-actors follow the instructions and the documentation is done by a performer itself. The motive to revisit how during all these years of civil wars the, common man has always been controlled by the higher powers. The document-er becomes a performer itself, who captures own version of the act. (How media and archives are been propagated)

The instructions are read thoroughly by the mother or any other person who is taking the persona of mother/ instructor. Each en-actor creates their own individuality when engaging with the script, space and persona.They tend to create and reciprocate with the “play ” element .Though there is a formation illusion, reality within reality and the documentation making a validity to the time based medium :there is no existence to devoid em-phimerality of the subjectivity.

Mother and games instructions

Bodies we act transmission cross temp-orality¬† of a collective. They engage in ritual or repeated actions as carriers of collective memory . They exists within the remains, sediments of past suggested , fragmented in scripts, instructions , writing which can be re-en counted through live form of “now”.

At the ending mother sings a lullaby to the child and children . The lullaby resonates a lyrical poem by national patriotic hero S. Mahinda Thero . The poem recalls for an upsurge to battle against the enemy, to protect our motherland , race, religion . Mother calls out to the child,…..

” wakeup from the slumber ….wake up…..”

Lullaby later merged with the instructions , echo within the space. The music carries the viewer , navigating them towards a distance…….

Performances are re-enactments that melts into the pastiness, memory; “revisiting” of fragmentation and ongoing. The performances are documented as photographs, remains that with scripts, material that “remains’, repertoires’ documented in form of photographs are been taken allowing every material hinting towards the live that can be re-enacted .The ‘remains ‘of past not solely take on as an object or document material but made into an engagement, than existing as a body of archive document material which is present as evidence. The ‘remains’, ‘sediments’ exists as ghostly bodies, immaterial of live, embodiment. Reverberates essences of the edge of appearance and disappearance; haunted materials of constant interaction and transmission.