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Prix 1987 - 2007

ORF Oberösterreich

Juliet Kiri Palmer

Beginning with a photograph I hold dear of my grandparents proudly displaying bunches of home-grown grapefruit, I set out to make this image resonate through my obsessive expression of this personal icon. I wanted to turn the grapefruit into sound.

I searched for texts using the words pulp, juice, juicy, grapefruit, squeeze, peel... Then I found and recorded people who seemed 'right' for the scenarios and characters these texts evoked. I recorded the fruit themselves: cut into pieces, sucked, juiced and drunk. I listened to the recordings and found that the most interesting moments were when the tape recorder caught people off-guard in their attempts to assume the new identities the written texts suggested. Not only did these 'found' words take me to a place apparently far from my family and the fruit, but my friends' voices and personalities tapped into stones and emotions I had not expected. I wanted to stage an intense physical interaction with the fruit itself. A cadenza for blender and 75 grapefruit was born and is now the fulcrum of the entire performance piece. During the first 10 minutes I chop feverishly as many fruit as possible into segments which the audience devour before I deal the final electric blow to the remaining fruit. In the end, all that remains is to drink deeply and to sing. (Juliet Kiri Palmer)