Through considering the role of props in a filmmaking process (COCO's), and then, in an art discourse and in fiction, a series of short stories titled ‘What’s Real?’ detail the creative production of a fictional artist. In a one hour long scripted performance, the artist's father responds to these stories, drawing from his own philosophical treatise, titled ‘Props’. Both texts contemplate how ‘prop’ is looking for semantic focus. Together and through a scripted play, both voices reflect and debate the possibility of mimesis in fiction, cultural reference as calcified identity, the crisis of the object, digital props, and the death (rebirth) of art.
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This performance took place at Western Front Exhibitions in April 2013 and was curated by Jesse Birch.