Thursday, 20 March 2008


tranzitdisplay resource centre of contemporary art cordially invite you

A Spoken Word Exhibition

Vito Acconci, Robert Barry, James Lee Byars, Nick Currrie, Douglas Coupland, Karl Holmqvist, Maurizio Nannucci, Yoko Ono, Mai-Thu Perret, Emilio Prini, Tomáš Vaněk, Lawrence Weiner, Ian Wilson

an exhibition by Mathieu Copeland opening on Tuesday, March 18th, from 18:00, 2008 live performance by Nick Currie (aka Momus) exhibition runs until April 20th 2008

a Series of Spoken Word Events will take place during the course of the exhibition featuring live performances by artists including Nick Currie (18. 3.), Tomáš Vaněk (19. 3.) Susan Stenger (18. 4.), Karl Holmqvist (19. 4.) and Fia Backström (20. 4.) please contact the gallery or visit the gallery website for more information

and furthermore
tranzitdisplay resource centre for contemporary art and Mathieu Copeland cordially invite you for two performances as the part of the Spoken Word Exhibition:

at 6 pm: TOMÁŠ VANĚK PARTICIP no. 80

Come and become a part of, a group declamation - the method of a group recital in which the individual participants independently of each other, out loud or silently, quickly or slowly, rhythmically or chaotically declaim an assigned weakness for 3 to 5 minutes. The entire process is recorded. At the end, each of the participants obtains an audio recording - an attempt at a collective recital of a sentence form using the smallest organisational units of speech.

‘2 or 3 things I know about books’ is based on the famous scene from Jean Luc Godard’s ‘2 or 3 things I know about her’, where two readers are seated on a table covered with books, randomly reading sentences and paragraphs from randomly selected books. In this performance, a reader selects randomly from the pile of books present on the table paragraphs to be read, whilst the other protagonist is writing on a laptop, not handwriting, the text transmitted online in real time. Assuming that the person who is reading (as well as the one that is writing) is doing some reinterpretation of the text while adding bits and pieces from the memory or from the heart, and the same applying to the person writing, this performance becomes an artistic act on the part of the both, generating live a composite new text based on chance, movement and knowledge.

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