Normal Performance of Regard
by Theatre of the Actors of Regard
Documentation of Normal Performance of Regard
by Peter Tyndall
at NGV-Australia (Federation Square)6-9pm Friday 14 March 2014
The Witness commissioned Actor One.
Actor One commissioned Actor Two.
Actor Two commissioned Actor Three.
In this way, none of the interventionists knew who among them was a normal Actor of Regard and who a paid professional performing the prescribed Act of Regard.
The script was issued on the day :
just act normally
Perhaps someone in this tableaux is one of the commissioned Actors? Maybe they all are?
It never occurred to the Witness that the shoe-
maker might be someone else's Actor. "Would you like to make a shoe?", she asked. The wall text said My name is ... and I'm a shoemaker. So, sure, why not?
Tab A to Tab B then thread the lace and tie.
The Witness asked the shoemaker, "When did you first think to yourself, 'I want to make shoes'?" At this the shoemaker broke character and admitted to not being a shoemaker but a fill-in paid actor, a lawyer odd-jobbing.
What about this group? Maybe one or more of them are the Actors?
Later, The Witness was told this was a different group of TAR participants, seen here after that other synchronous performance.
At 9pm the Witness and Three Actors met for the first time.
left to right : Actor Three, Actor Two, Actor One
They shared their experiences : of watching a security official looking closely at a wall (see: The Daruma Muralists); of dissolving into looking; of suspecting others of suspecting them to be Actors.
Regarding the latter, the Witness told them of some people returning to report that, since they had been informed that some among them were Actors, now everyone appeared to them as possibly Actors.
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something ...