A Small Hiccup was a travelling exhibition, events programme, publication and online commission exploring diseased language, curated by Goldsmiths curatation post-graduate, George Vasey. Featuring new work by Jeremy Hutchison, Leah Lovett, Fay Nicolson & Oliver Smith, Siôn Parkinson, Erica Scourti, Simon Senn, Holly Pester, Charlie Woolley.
INT. TABLE AT JAMIE OLIVER’S ITALIAN BISTRO, LONDON
GEORGE and REBECCA sit at a table looking at their menus and trying to figure out what to eat.
So, I’ve been thinking about the press release for ‘A Small Hiccup’ and I think that it should be a script. Maybe even a conversation between two people. (beat) What do you think?
How about between you and me?
Yeah, that could work. I want it to be funny – and maybe we could be talking about this script, and we could get confused about what it is we are really doing – each having different ideas. You could say something funny.
Really? (beat) I don’t think that sounds very reasonable George. Being confused about the press release is the last thing you want, people will already be confused enough by your newspaper… and me?… funny? Why don’t we try to confuse the audience with what the press release is doing, not what it’s saying. Maybe you could mention something about when you were going to call the show ‘An Infinitesimal Cough’ and treat each iteration of the project like a section of a pop song… That would be funny…
And then I thought better of it. How do you mean, ‘confuse the audience with what the press release is doing…’?
Well, we make it obvious that it’s scripted. Self aware.
Oh, I get it. So that the conversation sounds forced. That could be really interesting tone and the implications of it. I’ve been reading all these linguistic journals we could reference.
Oh, that wasn’t what I was thinking. I guess we got that misunderstanding in…. No – the actual text. Maybe it should be this conversation. We’ve been aware of our aims and super straightforward, if we could write a script like that it would be the self-aware thing I was talking about. It could work…
Is it always good to talk?