Mary’s Room

We both are
and I know everything about you.
Everything about the shape of your left thumb’s nail,
37 dark hair on your birth mark,
light blue coloured eyes.
I know all about the way you taste
and your slow, low voice.
I know how your brain works
and I know everything there is to know about your favourite colour – red.

You know nothing fundamentally important about me
until you experience me
and yourself with me.

Mary's room is a site-specific movement installation, a new work by Slovenian dance artist Neža Jamnikar in collaboration with dancers Evie Logan and Deborah Fletcher.

It is based on a philosophical thought experiment called Mary’s room or Thought experiment, proposed by Australian analytic philosopher Frank Cameron Jackson. This piece minded-bodily looks into and deconstructs the argument that even if we theoretically know everything about a certain person or a thing, we absolutely cannot know everything there is until we experience them/it. Therefore, certain un-measurable subjective qualities exist that can only be discovered through conscious experience.

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Wed 20 - Sat 23 February; 18:30


Auckland Old Folks Association
8 Gundry St


40 minutes


Koha / Pay What You Can


Accessible seating available
Language no problem

Content Warnings:

All ages


Dance & Physical Theatre, Visual Arts Performance / Performance Art