Thursday, 15 January 2009


A Spoken Word Exhibition
Baltic, Newcastle Upon Tyne,
Friday 16 January – Sunday 15 March 2009 (opening Friday 16/01)

A Spoken Word Exhibition
is composed of worded artworks (artworks only made of words to be spoken), to be read by BALTIC Crew members to visitors who ask to hear the pieces.

Acting as a voice when addressed throughout the building, the Crew repeat the words, sentences or paragraphs, the texts or haikus as written and instructed by the invited artists. Not performing, only using language through the act of reading, the works are available only on demand, initiating an exchange between visitors and BALTIC Crew.

The exhibition inhabits the realm of the spoken word, addressing the possibilities of art, memory & exhibition making. The exhibition is constituted of artworks that are to be spoken and exchanged as a verbal gesture from one person to another. Artworks that only last for the time it takes to read them, generating ultimately an exhibition that only lasts for the time it takes to listen.

A Spoken Word Exhibition is an exhibition of the same nature & material as that of the artworks that constitutes it, which are words. Contributing artists are Vito Acconci, Fia Backström, Robert Barry, James Lee Byars, Nick Currie (aka Momus), Douglas Coupland, Karl Holmqvist, Maurizio Nannucci, Yoko Ono, Mai-Thu Perret, Emilio Prini, Tomas Vanek, Tris Vonna-Michell, Lawrence Weiner, and Ian Wilson.

Please ask to hear the artworks.

An exhibition by Mathieu Copeland

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