What can I do I don’t know what to do

The performance What can I do I don’t know what to do is thought as a performative score for the collective performance of doubt in the public space, in which a group of people wander through the gallery repeating the sentence What can I do I don’t know what to do.

What can I do I don’t know what to do quotes Godard’s “Pierrot, le fou” scene, where Marianne Renoir (played by Anna Karina) voices her boredom and lack of purpose in a loop by saying “What can I do? I don’t know what to do”.

I presented two variations of What can I do I don’t know what to do at A-venue in 2016, scores for 6 and 3 performers. In this performance a group of people wander through the gallery space repeating the sentence What can I do I don’t know what to do. It is a cacophonous doubt. When a performer approaches another, utterances entrain, and thus gain a sense of chorus. The remaining voices become alternating sounds in space, even noisy, competing for listening space. The sentence can be split in parts, in moods and in tone: as question, lament, excuse or statement.
By playing with the synchronization and dyssynchrony of the texts, and the emotional register imprinted in the utterance, performers are given the chance to explore the puns such shift produces. At the same time, it tries to bring up considerations about will, frustration and resignation.
Each performance lasted for 3 hours, coinciding, interfering, annoying other performances taking place in the gallery space.

Performed for the first time at A-venue / October 2016