'meaninglessness' is a performance talk made by jewellery artist Su san Cohn with writer-director David Pledger
Using object, image, spoken word and design, meaninglessness was created in response to the 2016 Danish Jewellery Legislation which allowed border authorities to confiscate ‘non-sentimental’, meaningless jewellery from people seeking asylum to subsidise their upkeep in Denmark.
Cohn threads the practices of courage, trust, hope and love through personal story as a way to engage the audience about their connection to jewellery. In asking how citizens can behave pro-actively when their government’s values are hostile to their own, Cohn offers up her own quietly subversive antidote to society’s anxiety about the stranger, the newcomer, the other.
Made by Cohn and dp
Thursday 15–Saturday 17 August
Temperance Hall, 199 Napier St South Melbourne
Tickets: Full $35, Concession $25
meaninglessness Credits (Australia)
Performed by Cohn
Directed by dp
Written by dp and Cohn
Lighting Design: Bosco Shaw (Additive)
Sound and lighting operator: Nic Maloney (Additive)
Vocal Coach: Deborah Kayser
Graphic Design: Tim Murphy
Produced by cohnartist productions in collaboration with not yet it’s difficult (NYID).
Original production produced in Denmark by cohnartist productions and Danig Performing Arts Service in collaboration with not yet it’s difficult (NYID).
Feature image: meaninglessness workshop. Photo by Kate Gollings
Above image: meaningless performance. Photo by Dane Lovett