Text and images by Katarina Rankovic, MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins
Rosa and Lawrence are fictional characters that live in a script. They have the ambition of becoming agents, but only rise to presence on the rare occasion that someone bothers to pick up their script and read for them. Most of the time, they are dormant, and never quite guaranteed to wake up again. Most recently, they made an appearance at Nottingham Contemporary, on the occasion of the InDialogue conference.
I created the script of their making over a year ago; a theatrical script that, like a DNA strand, or an artificial intelligence program, encodes the stuff of their living, breathing qualities. In writing, I was trying to think what it was like to be a character, and voice certain dissatisfactions or perturbations they might have. They have an inherent dependence upon performance, and therefore an inherent dependence upon human agents that opt to read them into being, or not. And then it occurred to me, that if I were a character with the power to write myself, and I had an awareness about my relationship to those reading me into existence, that it could perhaps be possible to make use of the structure of literary/theatrical fiction and write myself into permanence.