a performative act by Marta Popivoda and Ana Vujanović
Our intervention is a durational performative reading of Franz Kafka’s short story “The Street Window'' from our street window. We experiment with the principles of Gertrude Stein’s “landscape play” and invite the passersby and audience to collectively inhabit the landscape of Kafka’s text:
Whoever leads a solitary life and yet from time to time wants to connect somewhere, whoever, according to changes in the time of day, the weather, the professional circumstances, and the like, suddenly wishes to see any arm at all to which he could cling to, — then he will not be able to get by for long without a window looking onto the street. And if his mood is such that, just as a tired man, he does not desire anything, his eyes turning from his audience to the sky and back again, at his window sill, not wanting to look out and having thrown his head up a little, even then the horses below will draw him down into their train of wagons and tumult, and so at last into the human concord.