Language is Skin
Scripts for Performances
by Romy Rüegger

Contributions by Romy Rüegger, Emma Haugh, Katherine MacBride.

A constellation of texts, largely written to be spoken. The scripts as they are printed do not document the performances primarily. They are indications of spacial and temporal layering, juxtapositions of aesthetic and poetic elements and bodies. Overlapping every day observations with archival material, confronting, jumping. Figures that intervene – interruptions into the reproduction and maintenance of colonial poison cabinets and patriarchal canons. Histories of involvement. The folding of histories. Entangling feminist fictions. Taking care of. Trouble, always trouble.

Romy Rüegger is an artist and writer working with sound based practices and shared listening. Her writings for performances, audio works and choreographed spaces draw on anti-racist and intersectional politics of language and memory. Most of the scripts in this publication were written on invitation of friends and are closely related to long term collaborations.
Recent performances, audio works and publication contributions include Synthetic Stream Plays (Kunsthalle Basel 2018), Binary Codes as NO (Gasworks London 2018), I am the Wall (in: Grounds for Possible Music, Errant Bodies Press, Berlin 2018), Reina llora*, Reads (Transmission Gallery Glasgow 2017), I am the Wall (Q-O2 / Performatik Festival Brussels 2017), History is Closed Today (Helmhaus Zurich 2017), J’ai everyday ma substance (in collaboration with Anna Frei, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen Innsbruck 2017).