Friday 1 June 2012 at 5:00pm
Scherzergasse 1A, Wien, 1020, Austria
1st of June 2012
from 5 p.m
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
TBA21 Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria
Cerith Wyn Evans,
(Performer, Audience, Word, Spoken, Garden, Friday, Evening, Vienna, Austria)
Ephemeropterae˜ – the term for insects that live only a day – oscillate between oral histories and storytelling, poetry and music, lecture, comment, rant, speech; from internal voice to transcription of messages of ghosts (from paranormal to normal) and non-verbal communication. By resisting definitions and directly addressing and engaging audiences, this series offers different approaches to the nature and the experience of an oral practice that is rooted in every culture and civilization.
Ephemeropterae˜ is a series of 15 performative events held in the park at twilight every Friday evening as an exploration of the abilities of the spoken word to express the ephemeral, the apparently insignificant, and the imperfect; to reveal secrets; and to use the cadence and prosody of the voice, with its distinct variations of tone, color, timing, and inflection. Ephemeropterae˜ oscillate between oral histories and storytelling, poetry and music (Sanskrit verses, Sufi poetry, shamanic litanies, troubadours and trobairitz, the Harlem and San Francisco Renaissances, Noigandres, Beatnicks, Last Poets and Language poets, and more), lectures, comment, rants, speech (from internal voices to messages from the beyond), and nonverbal communication.
By resisting definitions and directly addressing and engaging audiences, this series offers different approaches to the nature and experience of an oral practice that is not only rooted in every culture and civilization but is also reinvented for the 21st century, thereby revealing itself as one of the most consistent, potent, and thought-provoking sites in contemporary culture.