Sucking Stones

In 2016, Michael performed at Nottingham Contemporary as part of Otobong Nkanga’s installation Taste of a Stone. He will follow Samuel Beckett’s text Molloy (1951) as stage directions and reenact the character’s sucking stones ritual. He will read the text after sucking the stones and then repeat the stone-sucking ritual. It is both an intervention into Nkanga’s work and a theatrical act in a gallery. Beckett saw his stage directions as a score for performance and Michael seeks to turn his novel into a performance score especially for Nkanga’s exhibition, and in doing so, make a modernist, minimalist gesture towards her artwork. Supported by Nottingham Contemporary.