Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary presents Ephemeropterae

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary presents Ephemeropterae (Performer, Audience, Word, Spoken, Garden, Friday, Evening). Performance series every Friday at the Ephemeropterae˜ pavilion, designed by David Adjaye. June–September 2012 Opening: June 1, 2012, 5–10 pm. With words by Karl Holmqvist, Cerith Wyn Evans and Lydia Lunch and sounds by Christian Fennesz and Zavoloka.

Ephemeropterae is a series of fifteen performative events developed by TBA21′s guest curator, Boris Ondreićka, and Daniela Zyman, 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˜—the term for insects that live only a day—oscillates between oral histories and storytelling, poetry and music, 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.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art
Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna

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