the duty of lovers
Series of group conversations, 2017 - in progress

The Duty of Lovers is a series of invitations for groups of people to think together about how our loving actually works: what is what we are calling love, what needs to be happening for it to be ‘love’?

Taking as a starting point the interviews that many migration institutions perform in order to validate marriages between partners of mixed nationalities, the audience is invited to ask questions with the task to test the veracity of the love story of a couple. The alleged lovers cannot be seen but respond to the questions of the audience by typing in real time on two separate screens.

The couples on trial vary from real lovers, to friends pretending to be lovers in order to get residency papers, to Romeo and Juliet, for example.

Rather than affirming new criteria for judging or opinions of support or antagonism towards existing norms, the work intends to activate a process of thought about love through what we are able to ask about it rather than what we can retell, where love becomes uncountable and inexpressible, uncontrollable, even obscene.

«...To have dismantled love in order to become able to love, finally»
A Thousand Plateaus, Deleuze and Guattari

DAS Theatre, Amsterdam, various from December 2017 to March 2018
Winters Binnen, Amsterdam, February 2018