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Art     ontology     performance     sound

I cannot not change you
you cannot not change me
hear my voice
watch the melting ice
hear my voice
watch the dripping water
hear my voice
look again
see another me
don’t be sad that I’m still the same
look again
look again


After Laughter (2019) is a performance about transformation. The embroidered background, visualizing an Arctic snow landscape, sets the circumstances of a cold and bare territory, in which tears and sorrow have become snow and ice.

After Laughter, 2019, photo: Jean-Didier Gazeau


The protagonist, possibly Queen Maud from Norway, is melting ice by the warmth of her bare hands. This act is painful but empowering, as she shifts in static super(wo)man poses. Not only transforms the ice into drips – tears, the strength intrinsic to these various poses is changing ones self esteem on a psychological level.


The soundscape is based on the song After Laughter (comes tears) by Wendy Rene. The performance could be comprehended as a circular movement in laughter to tears to laughter, in reinventing oneself after being confronted with another.

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After Laughter, 2019, photo: Jean-Didier Gazeau
After Laughter, Maud Gyssels, 2019, photo: Jean-Didier Gazeau
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