Joyful Anticipation
Moniek Toebosch, 1978, 63'06''

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For the two-day performance Joyful Anticipation, held on April 28th and 29th, 1978, Toebosch made her audience choose beforehand on which days they wanted to come. Potential visitors had to choose between two drawings (floor plans), and were only allowed to attend on the evening chosen. On the first day, the performance area was furnished as a pub, with a bar and a jukebox, tables and chairs. Toebosch concealed herself behind a black curtain on a balcony that was part of the area. 'Apart from the noise emanating from the pub itself (talking, the clinking of glass, etc.), the sound is entirely at my discretion: the background music, live street sounds coming straight into the pub, I sing and talk live through the microphone, and now and then other sounds can beheard through the background music, for example, sounds recorded from another pub, the opening of the front door of De Appel itself, live or previously recorded conversations, etc., etc. At 11 p.m., I use the microphone to invite people (…) to step into the exhibition area for a moment, where I am simply looking at everyone in amazement with my made-up eyebrows raised.'
On the second evening, which is registered on this tape, the area is filled with a new audience. Where the bar was the night before, Toebosch is now standing in a dress with its skirt attached to the wall and the floor. 'Under the dress is – apart from a bottle of wine – my sound equipment: tape recorders, ‘creaking’ organ, cymbals, bells, a tambourine, a small microphone, amplifiers and sound boxes. The story I tell about April 28th is in fact other people’s experiences recounted to me - because I wasn’t physically there - complemented and embellished by my own impressions reached, that first night, via the sound. The result is a totally exaggerated story, alternated with song and dance. While this is going on, the wine helps me into the same befuddled state as a great many people the night before.' Toebosch has developed a form of performance that is very accessible and surprising. Her performances seem to be a far cry from the established, elitist world of art, and their leaning towards entertainment makes them suitable for a wider audience.

  • Date: 1978
  • Length: 63'06''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: everyday life