Sight Is The Sense That Dying People Tend To Lose First

Created 2008

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“Socks are gloves for the feet. Snow is cold. Water is the same thing as ice. In America things are bigger. America is a country. Korea is also a country. Some men have sex appeal. Blind people cannot see anything. Burglars are men that go into houses and take things which do not belong to them. Mist is like smoke but it comes without fire. The telephone is an amazing invention. A mouse that is dead is sometimes referred to as a specimen. Love is difficult to describe.”

Sight is the Sense that Dying People Tend to Lose First is a long free-associating monologue that tumbles from topic to topic to create a vast, failing iteration and explanation of the world. Comical in its apparent naivety and preposterously encyclopaedic in scope Sight is the Sense…  explores the absurdity and horror of consciousness as it tries and fails to seize and define everything that it encounters. A shifting, personal and decidedly imprecise taxonomy, the project might be thought of as an explanation of the world as if for (or by) a child, a psychotic or a Martian.


Text and Direction Tim Etchells
Performer Jim Fletcher
Assistant Director Pascale Petralia
Lighting Design Nigel Edwards

Sight Is The Sense That Dying People Tend To Lose First is a Tim Etchells production

Commissioned by Tanzquartier Wien Vienna

Produced by Forced Entertainment