AFTER, REHEARSAL AFTER #2, The Theater at MAD, Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, February 20 and 21, 2014

Here I am—Now—And then
In front of you
Within History

Over time—In time—Right here
In love—By love and uncertainties

With documentations
Others and mine
In Difference

Action—Enacted—Re-enacted—Later rehearsed.

(This is what I desire.)
We ask: Is your body mine?

She said: “this is a mobilization of aesthetics against anesthesia”

”I am the others”

In AFTER, REHEARSAL AFTER, Malin Arnell presents her ongoing dialogue with the work of French artist Gina Pane (1939-1990). Oriented around textual and visual representations of Pane’s and Arnell’s inter-historical exchange, the work explores performance art documentation and historical narratives. How do feminist performance archives make you vulnerable, how do they make you feel, act, react? Whose body is present and whose body is lost?

The expansive temporal scope of the piece extends over different phases, presenting an ongoing process in which history, documentation, body epistemology and solidarity are explored from an artistic and feminist point of view and methodology.

Film documentation of Pane's 1975 action, Discours mou et mat at De Appel Gallery in Amsterdam, will be screened alongside video documentation of Arnell’s 2011 reenactment, Reflect Soft Matte Discourse, performed in Stockholm. Included in the piece is a letter written by Clara López Menéndez, recounting her experience in the reenactment as “the naked body” listed in Pane's performance instructions. This text was included in the previous iterations of the action, Rehearsal after Reflect Soft Matte Discourse #1 and #2 (2011, 2012).


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Included in the performance is text written by Malin Arnell and three video pieces:

Discours mou et mat, 1975, Gina Pane, video, 22:32 min. (DVD, 4:3, sound, b/w). Unknown cinematographer and editor. All rights reserved ©LIMA (Discours mou et mat will be screened without sound)

Reflect Soft Matte Discourse, 2011, Malin Arnell, video, 22:43 min. (DVD, 16:9, sound, color). Performed by Malin Arnell and Clara López Menéndez at Kamarad in Stockholm on May 24th, 2011. Duration, 58 minutes. Cinematographer: Ulrika Gomm, Editor: Malin Arnell

Letter from Clara López Menéndez, 2013, Malin Arnell, video, 8:03 min. (DVD, 16:9, sound, b/w). Text written and read aloud by Clara López Menéndez. Editor: Malin Arnell


Many thanks to my friends, family, comrades, colleagues, and casual acquaintances that have shared their support, labor and love during this project.

Thanks to Anna Kleberg, Ulrika Sparre (LIKA - a performance evening, 2010), Kajsa Dahlberg, Molly Haslund, Gritt Uldall-Jessen (FEMINISTS IN SPACE - International Feminist Performance Art Festival, 2010), Arika (EPISODE 2: A Special Form of Darkness, 2011), Dean Daderko (Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane, 2013), Bettina Knaup and Beatrice Ellen Stammer (re.act.feminism #2 - a performing archive, 2011-2013), Jake Yuzna and Kelly Gilpatrick (Cheat Out to the Audience: Risk x Reward 2013, MAD) for curating, inviting and organizing public sharings of this ongoing dialogue.

Thanks to Iréne Berggren, Ulrika Gomm, Clara López Menéndez, Mattin, Imri Sandström and Liv Strand for writing letters.

Thanks to Zoe Leonard, Jess Arndt and Hearther Love for reading my script and giving me feedback.

Thanks to Katie Brewer Ball for encouraging me.

Thanks to Ulrika Gomm and A.K. Burns for video documentation.

Thanks to Clara López Menéndez and Imri Sandström for developing Rehearsal after Reflect Soft Matte Discourse #1 and #2 (2011, 2012) with me and performing together in these actions.

Thanks to Stefanie Seibold and Teresa María Díaz Nerio for sharing their work and writings on Gina Pane’s action Discours mou et mat, 1975.

Thanks to every lighting designer, stagehand, sound technician and cleaner who has helped me.

Thanks to my supervisors Anna Koch and Hanna Hallgern at DOCH/ Stockholm University of the Arts in Sweden, and also to my sponsor, Tavia Nyong’o, Associate Professor of Performance Studies at the Department of Performance Studies / Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

With a special thanks to Clara López Menéndez for trust and love.


Malin Arnell’s 75 minutes lecture/performance AFTER, REHEARSAL AFTER (2014) was presented within the series, Cheat Out to the Audience: Risk x Reward 2013, organized by Jake Yuzna, Director of Public Programs at Museum of Arts and Design.