Three characters – the Workshop Leader, the Tracksuit and the Naked Ape – find themselves unexpectedly in a workshop in the middle of Death Valley. They are trying their best to give each other advice, but are mostly limited to repeating what they heard or read from others; often dubious sources. Some of what they talk about and some of what they leave out manifests around them as animals, the undead, exploding cars and holes in the ground. Since none of it is meant to last, they eventually wrap it up with a round of applause and some indispensable evaluation.
And since all three of them are embodied by the artist, their meeting is as much a group session as it is a soliloquy.
“Like You Really Mean It” (2020) is a 13-minute single channel video in German with English subtitles, presented as an installation, inviting the audience to join the workshop circle.
Ale Bachlechner: script, performance, editing, compositing
Jonathan Kastl: camera, sound, editing, compositing
Julian Prießen: music, sound design
Olivia Platzer: artistic assistance