The Unnamable

In collaboration with Amber Vistein

The idea for this collaborative piece emerged from our re-reading Samuel Beckett’s third novel, The Unnamable. The piece puts the viewer/listener in the place of the narrator: movement is confined and the viewer kept stationary, a voice speaks to the listener individually as though in their own head (sharing the cognitive state of the narrator), and the entire of the contained, yet immersive environment seeps out of the words themselves. As the narrator’s attempt to go silent fails—he continues to listen, continues to see, continues to make, and to remember—we are faced with our own terrible and delightful responsibility to create the world anew at each moment.


In this iteration of the piece, I attempted to create an immersive individual experience for an entire audience.