• Black Box teater
  • Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival
  • 10–19 March 2022
  • 10 days of Live Art experiences
  • Signe Becker
  • The Beholder
  • Thursday 17, 14.00–14.30
  • Thursday 17, 15.00–15.30
  • Thursday 17, 16.00–16.30
  • Thursday 17, 17.00–17.30
  • Friday 18, 18.00–18.30
  • Friday 18, 19.00–19.30
  • Friday 18, 20.00–20.30
  • Saturday 19, 14.00–14.30
  • Saturday 19, 15.00–15.30
  • Saturday 19, 16.00–16.30
  • Saturday 19, 17.00–17.30

Wind, sound, light, textile
Leaf, shell, sling, sack, basket, bag, bottle 
pot, net, container, womb 
O’ behold
The Beholder 
The thing to put things in 
the container for the things contained
The holder
The being
The Beholder!

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.

Black Box teater, Lille scene
Duration: 30 minutes
  • By: Signe Becker
  • Sound design: Per Platou
  • Light design: Martin Myrvold
  • Signe Becker is currently a research fellow at the Oslo Academy of the Arts. THE BEHOLDER is the fourth public work included in her research project MADE LIFE, staged objects and a staged self
  • Supported by: Det Norske Komponistfond, Fond for Lyd og Bilde and Oslo Academy of the Arts