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A performance and foto-series about the act of moving.
How to Become The Octopus
A 30 min. audio-guide with step by step
explanation on how to turn into the octopus.
I looked to my right (IIIIIIIIIIIIII) and there he was again: this time smaller and with greyer hair than in my memory ‘get more plastic bags’ he said. I started digging a hole but my hands got sore (IIIIIIII). ‘(IIIII) Let’s dig a hole’ he said. ‘(II) We have to find a spot’ I panted. I felt the sweat gathering in my eyebrows. He gave me the first bag and I held it under water (IIIIIII). Slowly we started digging (IIIIII). ‘It’s going too slow’ he shouted as I was emptying four bags of water into my backyard (IIIIIIIIIIIIIIII). We ran back to the canal and started shovelling as much water as possible into our buckets (IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII). ‘(IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII) We need more people’.
We walked back to the water (IIIIIIIIIIII) and I made a bowl of my hands to drink. ‘(III) I think my backyard would be a good starting point.’ We went back to his barn to pick up a few shovels (IIIIII). I went inside and collected all the plastic bags I had (IIIIIIIIIIIIIII). ‘(I) I want to move the canal.’ He nodded while I gazed over the water and then ran towards the bridge. ‘(IIII) You start, I will help you.’ ‘I need you to me make a trench.’ He took my shovel (IIIIIIIII). ‘(IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII) I brought buckets.’ We removed my fence (IIIIIIIIII). Hundreds of people were digging up my backyard (IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII). The street was open. ‘(IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII) It’s time to go to the water’ I shouted. The crowd emptied its buckets and we all put our hands into the enormous canal (IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII).