James Lee Byars
Nick Currie (aka Momus)
A Spoken Word Exhibition and A Series of Spoken Word Retrospectives
Mathieu Copeland??™s Performa exhibition at the Swiss Institute questions the possibilities of the spoken word in regard to art, memory and exhibition making.
Distant and parallel to traditional performance, Copeland??™s program integrates the choreography of viewing with language. These audibly challenging presentations fold performance back onto itself and examine the tenuous relationships between spectator and spectacle.
A Spoken Word Exhibition consists of spoken artworks to be repeated by the institute???s staff only when viewers request them. Spoken artworks, exchanged as a gesture between two people, generate a fleeting exhibition which disappears after words are spoken. In providing only sonic artifacts, exhibitions of worded artworks, the curator purposefully questions the viewers, ignites their listening capabilities, and implicitly questions memory. Day and night after day and night, sound stacks upon sound, spectators mentally accumulate lines, inevitably remembering and forgetting these ephemeral sentences.
During the exhibition the Swiss Institute will be open from noon to midnight. The opening will kick off with a live performance the evening of November 1. Several artists are also invited to realize a live series of spoken word events at The Swiss Institute including Michael Portnoy, who will realise A Seminar in Sublingual Carnage, and
David Medalla. These events will take place every evening at 6pm.
Please check with the Swiss Institute website, www.swissinstitute.net, for more information.
Artists contributing to ???A Spoken Words Exhibition??? include Vito Acconci, James Lee Byars, Nick Curris (aka Momus), Douglas Coupland, Karl Holmqvist, Maurizio Nannucci, Yoko Ono, Mai-Thu Perret, Emilio Prini, Tomas Vanek, Lawrence Weiner, and Ian Wilson. Artists contributing to ???A Series of Spoken Words Retrospectives??? include David Medalla
, and Gustav Metzger.
KARL HOLMQVIST, a spoken word events, 6pm, FREE, swiss institute ??“ contemporary art
MICHAEL PORTNOY, Performance, 6pm, FREE, swiss institute ??“ contemporary art
RAIMUNDAS MALASAUSKAS & MICHAEL PORTNOY ; MAI-THU PERRET, a spoken word performance, 6pm, FREE, swiss institute ??“ contemporary art
ROBERT BARRY, performance, 6pm, FREE, swiss institute ??“ contemporary art
KING MOB & SPECIAL GUEST, a spoken word events, 6pm, FREE, swiss institute ??“ contemporary art
DAVID MEDALLA, performance, 6pm, FREE, swiss institute ??“ contemporary art
VITO ACCONCI, a live reading, 6pm, FREE, swiss institute ??“ contemporary art
Born in France, 1977, Mathieu Copeland is a curator living and working in London. A graduate from Goldsmiths College - London in 2003, Copeland curated the Anna Sanders Films (a touring film programme with Charles de Meaux, Dominique Gonzalez- Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul); and published & curated Perfect Magazine. His recent projects include Phill Niblock (London); Exhibition??™s Ruins (SAFN museum Reykjavik); Soundtrack for An Exhibition (Muse??e d???Art Contemporain Lyon), Expat-Art Centre (ICA london). He isof the invited curators for the Lyon Biennale for Contemporary Art.