Erika Roux
The World Has Shrank is a play set in the apartment where I lived. Non-professional actors become characters trapped in a shrinking apartment. The enacted text borrows linguistic and narrative tropes of tragic drama, clichés and platitudes used in an absurd manner. The scene evoke with minimal means an apocalyptic and unsolvable situation in which the characters seem to be stuck together.
Set in a social house in Rotterdam, a city undergoing huge level of gentrification, in a time of climate collapse and neoliberal individualism, the video echoes a multifaceted feeling of anxiety. However, this feeling can be nuanced by the collaborative aspect of the work made visible by the intimacy of the setting and the playful participation of my artists friends.


HD video, 14'42", 2018

with Sophie Varin, Collette Rayner, George Nesbitt and Anna Luzcak

assisted by Sophie Bates and Tracy Hanna




Installation view, group exhibition Lounge, Schkeudi, Leipzig, 2018