This Happened Yet Is HappeningMarch 14th 2022 @ Prague Metro + Jiří z Poděbrad Square
︎ Graphic photo by Zuzana Wrona
This Happened Yet is Happening (2022) was a television installation and performance by Tyko Say that occured in public periodically throughout the month of March in 2022.
The performance consisted of a single CRT television, a gas mask, a tea table cloth, the public perception, and a singlar phrase in marquee: THIS HAPPENED YET IS HAPPENING.
Originally planned to be performed during the winter of 2021 when the Covid-19 Pandemic was at another peak, the phrase itself found a new meaning with the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Say invites the audience to view how the context, medium, and text itself can be applied to the content of the phrase: it happened, but continues to happen.
Language depends on context and receiver to gain meaning; the text & performance itself, a signifier, a past tense experience, appears for the first time in each moment that it exists. The text becomes signified, a new sign in its constant reinvention of itself.
We watch the TV but never look at it. How does the way we watch TV influence our reception of it? Why are our rooms positioned to watch and not look? What does the constant reinvention of language and the context it exists in tell us about the past? The present? The future?
Has this happened before and is it happening again?