Wind, sound, light, textile
Leaf, shell, sling, sack, basket, bag, bottle
pot, net, container, womb
The thing to put things in
the container for the things contained
The Beholder is a textile installation by set designer and visual artist Signe Becker. It is a sensual work where sound, light and a large textile are composed and choreographed together into a holistic experience. The work is a response to the book The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, by Ursula K. Le Guin, which proposes the carrier bag as the first cultural tool – a correction to the masculine story we know about the sword, spear or bone as the first device.
Le Guin talks about how it is human to put useful, edible or beautiful things in a bag or basket and bring it home. The home is a larger container with people in it, here you take what you have collected from the bag, share it or store it in another container. The next day you may do the same thing again. And if this is human behavior, says Le Guin, then I am a human being.
Signe Becker works interdisciplinary with spatial installations, often with a textile starting point. She has previously visited Black Box teater a number of times, amongst them with the work Skeleton Woman created in collaboration with Ingvild Langgård, and with the company Verk Produksjoner.