How A Net Works
As this lecture
demonstration was aiming to start off a dialogue about
networking among the audience, I had them seated in a
big circle.The set-up is simple: every person is been
given a small net, like the ones that contain fruit or
vegetables.The lecture performance itself is a continuous
shift between posing questions, developing a dialogue
and performing what happens if ...
How A Net Works
take a net. Lets
look at it and describe, what you see.
the material is strong,
its small in itself,
the space in-between is bigger than the material itself
what can you do with it? what is its potential?
Collect and transport things
stretch to hold things
of a certain size and amount ...
(show with a chair & a spoonful of sugar:
too big or bulky things wont go in, or pass the
too small things will fall through)
what happens, if you pull at one end? ...
what happens, if you put something in? How is the weight
If you cut an empty net: whats the result? (show)
If you cut a full net: whats the result? (show)
lets examine the point of view at different parts
in the net ...
the empty net: does it have an idea of its potential?
I dont think so; maybe a dream?
the half-filled net, at the bottom, in touch with
were really working hard! We move something! Were
Do the others do anything at all?
the half-filled net: at the sides, not in touch
with the load:
where is this strain coming from? what are they doing
what is it, that they are holding anyway?
Cant we just get back and relax?
the net totally full, say with potatoes:
yes, were really moving something here, all of us;
the full net at the top, the carrier:
ok, the others hold, but its me who is actually
direction to the whole thing. I have an aim and I know,
where I want to deliver the contents of the net
is there a way to make the handle better?
being carried/ the content: (show two ways)
positive: hm, I am taken care of I belong
I am embraced
I am carried to a new place ! thats exciting!
negative: he, whats going on? Why is this shaking
I feel insecure! I dont feel respected! I want back
My God, Im falling out!
I never want to be carried by those people again
followed by an inspired discussion leading to an articulate
© Eleanora Allerdings, October 2000
This lecture demonstration took place at the Annual
of the International Performance Network in the Theater
Styr & Kjaer
at Copenhagen in October 2000.