We Could Be Lovers or Killers: Another Use for Dog Toys
One of the highlights of the Saturday evening performances was Philosophie Zoologique by Jocelyn Robert. What made it distinct from other pieces shared that evening was the narrative beginning. Roberts begins his talk by dissing the nature of shut-ins, and then begins a story about a visit to his sister’s place on the evening of a snowstorm. He puts YOU, right in the story, as if you’re reading a choose your own adventure novel.
You had dinner at your sister’s place, but you couldn’t face the evening with her husband and their noisy kids.
So you said, “Uh, I really have to go. I have to be in Halifax.”
And she said, “Well, there’s a forecast of a snowstorm for tonight.”
And you said, “Yeah, well, you know, I’ll make it in time. And I’ve seen snowstorms before.”
And there you are. Alone in your car at night.
When you listen to sound art, does a slight narrative thread help you enjoy the experience? Find out by watching the beginning of Robert’s performance on video — recorded on a camera balanced on my knee — and enjoy.
Philosophie Zoologique by Jocelyn Robert