Monday, 5 July 2010


Perhaps this is not a portrait of Mardi that you are expecting. Mardi is fine and will come back tomorrow, or later today, straight from the writing desk of those exquisite minds blowing it out of the thin air for you. What I would like to share is a schedule of Mardi's inhabited Repetition Island* that will take place 7 - 12 July at Centre Pompidou in Paris. It is a scenario of one day that will be attempted by its participants to exercise over again and over again for six subsequent days. “Maybe the last day will look like the first day was intended to be,” Mardi explains.

I am excited to think that we can spend this day together, so please come twice at least. And follow it on

11:00 — 12:00
To create the space for the rest of things to happen, Morten Norbye Halvorsen switches microphones on and the voice of Richard Foreman appears in a suit jacket, tailored by Jessica Warboys. Yesterday is replayed, tomorrow is pre-recorded, today is spaced out, tapping time on the shoulder

Benjamin Seror appears with a portable model of the basement level of the Centre Pompidou. He uses it to explain visitors where they are located. This makes him to tell stories about time and space troubles or the difficulties to get from a point A to a point B on time.

11:30 — 12:30
Invited by Ana Prvacki, a number of professional, amateur and all music students come and do their daily practice of scales, tonal and finger exercises while strolling and wandering through the space of Repetition Island. 'Wandering Band' is the opposite of a marching band, it is an informal musical gathering, a 2 in 1, practice and visual art education.

Musicians abandon the space to explore he rest of the Centre, the electro-mechanics arrive to attend the final reviewing stage of the introductory philosophy class conducted during last year by Lorenzo Cirrincione. It ranges from the subject of truth in psychology to Plato's politics. A sharp arrival is important for anyone wanting to attend the class (in French)

14:00 — 16:00
Geraldine Longueville with students of Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts-Paris Cergy (ENSAPC) Nicolas Carrier, Luc Kheramand, Gloria Maso, Flora Moscovici, Laura Porter, Sébastien Remy, Nicholas Vargelis and Cyril Verde continue experiments in producing a collective artwork called 'Eight Days a Week (Le Signal Wapo)' (in French.) Several visitors are examining the holes of Something Less, Something More, an artwork of Pierre Bismuth that became a scenography of Repetition Island.

Around the same time Sam Durant will explain some theories of anarchism to his daughter: "Inspired by Courbet’s painting of Pierre Joseph Proudhon and his children I will talk with my daughter about current events while feeding her lunch."

15:00 — 15:30
Ieva Miseviciute and Michael Portnoy are reenacting the complete history of Obdurance Art, from 1860 til the present, in 30 minutes.

16:00 — 17:00
Manon de Boer film Sylvia Kristel-Paris is being screened (in English.)

17:10 — 17:25
Audrey Cottin Paris Clapping Group deliver a clapping session where everybody can participate.

Michael Portnoy starts his artist's presentation, but it ends up abruptly. Giraud and Siboni pick it up and try to undermine the whole night, or the whole day, with their Spoiler session (in French and English)

18:30 — 19:00
Adva Zakai performs 'Regarding Yesterday' and attempts to distill thoughts which float around while the show takes place. If she succeeds – today’s thoughts will become tomorrows performance (in English)

19:00 — 20:30
Hypnotic Show with Marcos Lutyens in La Petite Salle: visitors experience a virtual exhibition in the state of hypnosis (in French and English)

19:00 — 20:00
'L'éternuement et punir' (Sneeze and Punishment) presentation by Aaron Schuster (in French) about cinema, sneezing and series of thoughts

19:45 — 20:30
Gabriel Lester meets his daily guest at a round table (in French and English)

Gintaras Didziapetris and Rosalind Nashashibi's stage a short event involving two middle-aged actors taking a choreographed walk through the show as a loose illustration of their relationship to each other whilst simultaneously being and having audience, and as an expression of emotions through various filters such as mask (persona, confrontation and withdrawal, entry and return), and music (comment, theme, pause, trip).

20:30 — 21:00
Geraldine Longueville and Benjamin Seror tries to wrap up the day with the karaoke version of 'Without a Song' by Frank Sinatra ("Without a song a day would never end" chorus adds, Morten Norbye Halvorsen seals the tapes, a song is carried outside.)

Gabriel Lester acts as continuity supervisor, Michael Portnoy is an attention thief, Audrey Cottin is at multiple spots at the same time, Mardi is kicking on Twitter, Julia and Lucien are wearing t-shirts by Marie de Brugerolle, Olivier Babin is back, Mont Analogue appears as Hapax!

* Repetition Island is also a title of the first full-length film by Benoît Maire: “repetition island”, super 8, 68 min, 2010

Mardi is a character on Repetition Island.
You will be receiving a different portrait of Mardi created by a writer or an artist daily.
Together with other characters Mardi will be appearing 7 - 12 July at Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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