ephemeropteræ 2014

this blog features images, texts, sounds on and about ephemeropteræ 2014, stuff we would like to share, review and discuss with you. every friday, we will conduct interviews with our guests and talk to them about the history, practice and current forms of the spoken word, about vocal techniques and the ephemeral beauty of the voice. correspondently, we will chat about their writings, performances, and their art. Stay tuned!

ephemeropteræ 01/07 – June 27, 2014

Armen Avanessian & Andreas Töpfer: Speculative Drawing 

The notion of Speculative Philosophy asks for an experimental use of language and condemns every ready-made for the use of words as inevitable failure. Speculative Poetik stands for a laboratory of language, one in which language can re-gain its power to change the world. 

In their recent publication Speculative Drawing: 2011-2014 (2014), Avanessian and Töpfer tackle the concept of Speculative Poetics, meaning both an aesthetic perception and an outlook on the world: how does poetical thinking work that is not about art, but with art? How can drawings be used as occasions to think about thinking itself? What is visual thinking?

Such endeavors can be experienced in Avanessian’s and Töpfer’s joint performance at EPHEMEROPTERÆ 14. While the former reads excerpts from the book’s introduction, the latter performs live projected drawings. The drawings are not so much of a reaction but an experiment of how thoughts change their meaning when becoming images, and images becoming readable as text.

ARMEN AVANESSIAN (Born 1973 in Vienna, lives and works in Berlin) teaches Comparative Literature at the Free University Berlin, and previously at Columbia University in New York. He is a Research Associate at the Collaborative Research Centre “Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits”. Avanessian is also the founder of the bilingual research platform Spekulative Poetik, editor of the book series Spekulationen for Merve Verlag Berlin.

ANDREAS TÖPFER (Born 1971 in Berlin, where he lives and works) studied industrial, book and communication design at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle and London’s Royal College of Art and Design. Since then he has been working as a freelance graphic designer, designer, visual essayist, live drawing artist and art director. He recently co-founded the Berlin publishing house kookbooks with Daniela Seel. Töpfer’s graphic work has been exhibited worldwide, and has been rewarded with several prizes.

 

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ephemeropteræ 01/07 – June 27, 2014

Franco ‚Bifo’ Berardi: Performativity and Nothingness

With his contribution, Performativity and Nothingness, Franco ‚Bifo’ Berardi takes us into an urgent and poetic rhetorical realm. Deriving from his recent publication The Uprising. On Poetry and Finance (2012), the lecture reveals the grim relationship of the physical world of bodies to the increasing abstraction of finance and language within our digital economy. 

The sensuality of the body and excesses of language are posed against language being reduced to data and information through communication over surfaces of digital devices and techno-linguistic interfaces. Profits and value are extracted from sharing, posting and feedback on one hand, unfilled desires on the other hand. This, to Berardi, is the fate of a „generation of people who have learned more words from the machine than from their mother“, driven by the desire of connectivity, but ironically trapped in automatized behavior. 

Language grants both power and impotence. Poetry, to Berardi, then holds an utmost potentiality: „Poetry is the language of unexchangeability, the return of infinite hermeneutics, and the return of the sensuous body of language,“

Excessive and performative, it brings back the voice. But, what is the voice? How do we find and re-organize our social and affective bodies, sensibilities, aesthetic perception and understanding of that which cannot be expressed by signs? Such are questions being raised with Berardi’s rhetorically and metaphorically rich presentation/performance at EPHEMEROPTERÆ 14.

FRANCO ‚BIFO‘ BERARDI (Born 1948 in Italy, where he lives and works) is a contemporary writer, theorist and activist in the tradition of Italian anti-capitalist philosophers such as Paulo Virno and Antonio Negri. A leader of independent European alternative publications, Berardi’s work focuses on media and information technology in the post-industrial and capitalist culture, and its neuro-psychological effects. His many texts and publications include After the Future (2011), Cognitarian Subjectivication (2010) and The Uprising. On Poetry and Finance (2012).

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ephemeropteræ 2014 – FULL PROGRAM

Every second Friday evening, from June 27 to September 19, the Augarten will be transformed into a site of hospitality and artistic expression. In 12 ephemeral episodes, the series explores the rich traditions and evanescent articulations of poetry, literature, performance, and language-based artistic practice by protagonists representing a wide generational and cultural range of interpreters.

Download the program of ephemeropteræ 2014

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Peter Gidal at augarten

ephemeropteræ 12, September 20, 2013 TBA–Augarten

Photo: Tereza Grandicova / TBA21, 2013

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Chicks on Speed at augarten

ephemeropteræ 12, September 20, 2013 TBA–Augarten

Photo: Tereza Grandicova / TBA21, 2013

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David Adjaye at augarten

ephemeropteræ 12, September 20, 2013 TBA–Augarten

Photo: Tereza Grandicova / TBA21, 2013

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David Adjaye

ephemeropteræ 12 – September 20, 2013 from 7 pm at TBA21–Augarten

David Adjaye, considered to be one of the leading (and most accomplished) U.K. designers of his generation, has developed a reputation as an architect with an artist‘s sensibility and vision. Among his many grand projects, Adjaye designed the ephemeropteræ open air stage at TBA21–Augarten in 2012, fusing beautiful design, conceptual astuteness, and hospitality as well as the Your black horizon pavilion in collaboration with Olafur Eliasson (Lopud Island, 2005). His ingenious use of materials, bespoke design and ability to sculpt and showcase light have gained him widespread recognition from both the architectural community and the wider public.

A current focus in Adjaye’s practice is the exploration of a possible definition of African architecture based on an extensive research of “new geographies”. Adjaye extensively travelled the African continent and visited 53 major cities in order to map, with the help of digital photography, the trajectories in architecture, urbanism, and landscape, eventually publishing his research in “Africa · Architecture: A Photographic Survey of Metropolitan Architecture”. Six individual volumes present cities according to the terrain in which they are situated – the Maghreb, Desert, The Sahel, Savannah and Grassland, Mountain and Highveld, and Forest. Each city is presented through a concise history, fact file, maps and satellite images, along with Adjaye’s own travel notes and dozens of photographs of the city’s civic, commercial and residential architecture.

In the context of ephemeropteræ Adjaye will speak about the research component of his practice, which is vital to the creative discourse that drives his built work. The research provides an overarching framework for experimentation, reflection and theoretical connections. This philosophical curve is an essential context for challenging typologies, engaging with historical references and offering a fresh approach to the contemporary condition and its future trajectories. Adjaye will present projects such as Europolis - a study of the European city as a reduction – as well as Urban Africa – a unique geo-cultural catalogue profiling the African city in a global context. In addition, he will talk about a range of built work – including the Moscow School of Management and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

David Adjaye, born 1966 in Tanzania, lives and works in London. His projects are diverse in scale, audience, and geography; including collaborations with artists such as Chris Ofili and Olafur Eliasson, exhibition design, temporary pavilions, and private homes both in the U.K. and New York. His largest project to date is the SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management and the redesign of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture and History. Adjaye understands his function as a role model for young people and lectures frequently. He was the first Louis Khan visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and was the Kenzo Tange Professor in Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

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Peter Gidal at the augarten

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Photo: kertesz 1981

 

ephemeropteræ 12 – September 20, 2013 from 7 pm at TBA21–Augarten 

“Two minutes into No Night No Day is as lost to one as anything else in the world at that moment of perception being so impossible as to provide the viewer with no hold.” In his longstanding career as structural materialist filmmaker and as author and theoretician of avant-garde film Peter Gidal has strived to fight any notion of illusion, metaphor or representation, and to break the audience from the identification processes all together. “An avant-garde film defined by its development towards increased materialism and materialist function does not represent, or document, anything” writes Gidal and disengages and launches the audience into a kind of free fall with nothing to hold on to, into a state of mere existence. His main tool is the use of light, or rather its absence, as to him light eradicates image as much as darkness. As Wyn Evans’ tutor at London’s Royal College of Art, Gidal had great impact on the Welsh artist’s understanding of time, space, and light to subvert systems of representation and knowledge incorporated in images and language. The screening of the films No Night No Day (1997), Denials (1986) and Clouds (1969)at ephemeropteræ will be accompanied by introductions of the filmmaker himself. 

Peter Gidal, born 1946 in Switzerland studied theatre, psychology and literature at Brandeis University, Massachussets (1964-1968) and at the University of Munich (1966-1967). From 1968 until 1971 he was a student at the Royal College of Art, where he went on to teach Advanced Film Studies until 1984. His films have been screened nationally and internationally, for example at the Tate Gallery, the Hayward Gallery, and yearly (since 1969) at the Edinburgh Film Festival and the National Film Theatre. Gidal has had retrospectives of his films at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (1983), Centre George Pompidou, Beaubourg, Paris (1996), amongst others. 

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10th Anniversary of TBA21

ART DUMP by Chicks on Speed and Francesca von Habsburg

November 23, 2012 Vienna

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LIVE, LUSCIOUS AND LOUD10-Year-Anniversary Vinyl



In honor of the 10 year anniversary of TBA21, the foundation has produced this vinyl, which was recorded in November 2012. The album was compiled by Francesca von Habsburg with the founders of Chicks on Speed, Alex Murray-Leslie and Melissa Logan, and contains their new release title track Art Dump.
Graphic design: Chicks on Speed and SCHiENERL D\AD The vinyl LIVE, LUSCIOUS AND LOUD is available in theTBA21–Shop. Price: €40.00

LIVE, LUSCIOUS AND LOUD
10-Year-Anniversary Vinyl

In honor of the 10 year anniversary of TBA21, the foundation has produced this vinyl, which was recorded in November 2012. The album was compiled by Francesca von Habsburg with the founders of Chicks on Speed, Alex Murray-Leslie and Melissa Logan, and contains their new release title track Art Dump.

Graphic design: Chicks on Speed and SCHiENERL D\AD 

The vinyl LIVE, LUSCIOUS AND LOUD is available in theTBA21–Shop. 

Price: €40.00

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Chicks on Speed at the last ephemeropteræ 2013

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Photo collage:  Chicks on Speed/ Kathrin Krottenthaler

ephemeropteræ 12 – September 20, 2013 from 7 pm at TBA21–Augarten 

We, Chicks on Speed, invite you to the pain & pleasure of the big bang of wires crossing…

Perform Ants Inter View God Ono Duality High Heal Good Buy

… what if the pieces of the past year come flying at you, pieces of conversations, interviews, announcements, song sketches, half developed sketches of apps that still have bugs and refrains that are out of context.

.. what if the audio layers are mismatched, how does a freaking high heeled shoe become a instrument and how do you play wikileaks latest posted cables?

Where do tricksters come from and why do the tricksters move this world? Word of mouth information, collected, told read layered and thrown out, into space. Bring your iPad & perhaps you can receive a unfinished app to play with us or play with your lover or children. What if you have to do what you have to do, to make things happen. Fluxuation.

In their newly conceived and highly political performancedeveloped for the finale of TBA21 ephemeropteræ Perform Ants Inter View God Ono Duality High Heal Good Buy, Chicks on Speed present their brutally eclectic and utterly “transparent” performance style by staging streams from iPads and projections, interactions with audience members, sounds and an overload of content, which will burst from the stage and recklessly hit the audience like a tsunami of a 2.0 reality.

Chicks on Speed use the fierce and rebellious women warrior collective established in 1997 in Munich as a production mechanism for the creation of instantaneous video, sound and music recordings, fabrics/textiles, sculpture, paintings, drawings, photographs, poetry prose/lyrics, clothing, performance and live concerts. They deploy references to existing musical styles (electroclash), appropriate household art performance features and fist-waving feminist statements, they sport outrageous costumes and work with disturbance, detritus, and DIY – all woven and compiled into pieces, oscillating between pop cliché and art performance. Some of these things everyone knows but no one talks about, some things are readily seen but never share the same stage. The ultimate outrage of their collaboration is the notion of “pop perverting art, criticizing the machine whilst composing its parts – the veneer of craft disguised as superstardom”.

Chicks on Speed is a collective of female artists created in 1997 by Alex Murray-Leslie, Kiki Moorse and Melissa Logan. The collective has grown to be a multidisciplinary group developing projects which are enriched by artistic collaborations, e.g. with Douglas Gordon, Angela Richter and Julian Assange, amongst others. They collaborated with TBA21 on Art Rules in 2007, LIVE, LUSCIOUS AND LOUD
10-Year-Anniversary and the Art Dump vinyl in 2012. 

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Anna Artaker and Josef Penninger at augarten

ephemeropteræ 11, September 13, 2013 TBA–Augarten

Photo: Tereza Grandicova / TBA21, 2013

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epheropteræ 10 – Interview with BLIXA BARGELD

September 6, 2013 TBA21–Augarten

Exceptional Interview with Blixa Bargeld made at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary-Augarten, Vienna by Slovak journalists Oliver Rehak, SME and Juraj Kusnierik, Tyzden few minutes before his great live act.

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Josef Penninger - Interview on Unpredictability and Speculations

TBA21, Unpredictability and Speculations - Lopud Academy 2012
September 13 - September 16, 2012, Lopud Island, Croatia

Josef Penninger was born in 1964 in Gurten, Austria. He studied Medicine, Immunology, and History of Arts in Innsbruck, Austria. Scientifically, his research is based on genetic mutations in the development of the whole organism and in diseases. The main focus of his laboratory lies on heart and lung diseases, autoimmune diseases and cancer as well as bone metabolism disorders.

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