Reality poets

Liisbeth Horn

In the rage of life, only assorted moments are caught on camera.

  • author/director:Liisbeth Horn
  • performers:Johanna Vaiksoo, August Vaiksoo, Liisbeth Horn
  • dramaturg and sound artist:Karl Saks
  • creative producer:Anita Kodanik
  • light artist:Revo Koplus
  • stsenography support:Riin Maide
  • supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia
  • big thank yous go to Henry Kasch and Kanuti Gildi SAAL
  • In Estonian!

In the rage of life, only assorted moments are caught on camera. In a selectively (and maybe naively) framed reality, coincidences meet at which the mother smiles. And even bad mothers smile. Clown schools are tough, mid-life crisis is manifested, it gets sad when there’s no fate, silly hoes rub their lips with dried lipstick, poets sit on a park bench, drink beer and lure songs home.

Beautiful, perhaps, but it's not real. In reality, these poets know nothing about reality. Nobody knows. All information reaches the poets in fragments. Their brains connect the clues, fill in the gaps with stories, and invent a new reality by themselves.

"Reality poets" hunts for the narrative, which binds the half-random bits into a whole. This poetically assembled blur is not intentionally fake. People have power over cameras, but not over their brains. The outtakes of reality sit on a bench, rolling a flat filterless fag from the tobacco dregs collected in a snus box, cause trivial outgo has no taste nor point. Brain will stuff the gaps with something else.

Liisbeth Horn is a freelancer who has been awarded with Komissaarov’s scholarship (2021), a director's award created by colleagues (2021) and WTF Praiss (2023).
Johanna Vaiksoo and August Vaiksoo are siblings. Johanna is a freelance actress and August doesn't have a smartphone.
Karl Saks is an artist and multitalent with an exceptionally good sense of detail.