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Amalie SMITH Electricity Speaks

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Electricity Speaks

[Cast] ELECTROMAGNETISM (mother), TELEPHONE (ex-husband), ELECTRICITY,

SUNLIGHT (father), WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION (daughter)

This is a story about electricity, written in a playscript format. The scene starts with a monologue by electricity, where she explains how she enables humans to start their days but also moves the city of Busan to wake up and begin by putting energy into households, streets, buildings, bridges, etc. Her mother, Electromagnetism reminds her daughter that she was born before humans, so she shouldn’t put too much effort into them. Her daughter, wireless telecommunication, says she is suffering from rapid growth. In her childhood she lit the first lightbulb at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul in 1887. Her ex-husband had an important job to save Kim Gu from execution. Now grown into a fundamental being, she makes humans long for more energy, more electricity, and

faster development. The story ends with a conversation with her father, sunlight, that she will make sure that humans will crave her more.

Amalie SMITH, Novelist

Amalie SMITH is a writer and a visual artist born in 1985 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since 2010 she has published eight hybrid fiction books, among them the novel Marble in 2014 and Thread Ripper in 2020. Her work investigates the intertwining of materiality and ideas, which has led her to work with topics such as the fabric of the digital and ancient terra cotta figurines as a precursor to artificial life. She received numerous awards, including three-year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation from 2017 to 2019, the Royal Crown Prince Couple’s Rising Star Award, Morten Nielsen’s memorial grant and Munch-Christensen’s cultural grant, and was nominated for the Montana Literary Award.

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Amalie SMITH Electricity Speaks

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