Image: Clifford Borress, Write like Samuel Beckett, 2012, courtesy of Clifford Borress
This work is a performance for public broadcast television. Starting from a concatenation of Samuel Beckett’s numerous manuscripts for the work Company, the performance will go through rewritten passages and changes which exemplify the masterful turns Beckett takes. Between first person and third person narration, Beckett is achieving the voice of his time; one that speaks of a primal wanting, a self as it “exists in proxy” and a reflexivity on the floating impoverished voice as it both attaches and detaches to varying subjects. The rewriting of changes and simultaneously close reading of Company contemplates what is to be said in a closed space, in the observation of self and how this transmits through the intimacy and amity offered by public broadcasting as a space of preservation to the singular voice, as access to culture.
Clifford’s artistic interest revolves around moving the displacement of subjectivity to investigate notions of self.
Clifford Borres (1981, United States) lives and works in Maastricht. He is currently a researcher at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. He holds a BFA at State University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York (2003) and a MFA at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (2009). Recent exhibitions include Not What You Remembered, Queen’s Museum of Art, Queens, New York, USA (2011).