Brucelles (lat. Bersella), very fine spring-clip used for picking up small objects. A kind of epilating forceps.
A piece in pieces, pieces of a piece. Brucelles is the meeting and confrontation between three worlds (Glabelle (solo), Les Taroupes (duo) et Keep Smiling (trio) ) around a central point or shared place; each of these worlds has its own rites, codes, games and traditions.
Keep Smiling is a working stage that foreshadows the creation of Brucelles, carried out with Éric Domeneghetty, Juan Benitez and Jean Fürst.
Hybridisation and co-existence, reorganisation of a mini-society out of a confrontation with solitude, with a duality and a threefold unity, around the Robert Walser/Brothers Quay film, Institute Benjamenta.
Since I arrived at Institute Benjamenta, I have already succeeded in becoming an enigma to myself. I, too, was contaminated by a very strange sense of contentment which I had never before experienced. I obeyed reasonably well, though not as well as Kraus, who has perfected the art of bending over backwards to follow orders (…) we are all alike in one respect (…) we are humble, humble to the nth degree of servility (…) We wear uniforms, and this uniform humiliates us and reveals everything at the same time. We look like slaves in them and it may be a shame, but we also look good, and this separates us from the profound ignominiousness of those people who wander about in clothes that are fine for them, but dirty and torn. (…) No, what Mademoiselle Benjamenta teaches us seems to me to be worth meditating on. It isn’t much, and we keep repeating it, but perhaps there is a secret behind all of these vain and laughable things. Laughable? We, the boys of Institute Benjamenta, are never in the mood to laugh. Our faces and attitudes are very serious.
(…) What I know is that I will grow up to be a beautiful, big round zero.
Excerpt from Institute Benjamenta by Robert Walser.
Original title. Jakob von Gunten. Ein Tagebuch 1909.
– How many bodies have we been?
– How many are let to us to inhabit, to leave?
– Designate – share similarities – join – intertwine – intervene – differ – displace – defer or integrate.
– Before each meeting, think of the road travelled by the other.