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Gertrude and Ludwig in the House Made of Sugar

Archer, Michael. 2016. 'Gertrude and Ludwig in the House Made of Sugar'. In: Gertrude and Ludwig in the House Made of Sugar. Bread and Jam, United Kingdom May 27, 2016. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract or Description

A performance lecture given as part of the group exhibition, Bread and Jam 5, at Bread and Jam, London, May 27, 2016. The text concerns passage,war, exile, translation, assimilation and betrayal. The structure of the text is provided by the final 25 lines of Anne Carson's translation from Sappho, If Not, Winter. Though words of the poet from Lesbos, which had at that time become the focus of the refugee crisis, they come to us filtered through the mouths of others. In keeping with this reality, the text is a patchwork of excerpts - from Sappho, Wittgenstein, Heraclitus, Gertrude Stein, Don DeLillo, Silvina Ocampo, Euripides in the translation by CAJ Luschnig, news reports, blogs and other sources.The performance took place in a space containing evidence of previous exhibitions. A toolbox, printouts of emojis relating to the text, balls of twine, books relating to the text, a newspaper headline echoing the story of Medea, and an emoji cushion suggestive of the Greek masks of comedy and tragedy were placed in the space. Also there were small sculptures by Violeta Paez Armando, made in response to words sent to her by a linguist friend studying Guarani. For the performance I was dressed by Minnie Casey, camouflaged into the room.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Other)

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Art

Dates:

DateEvent
27 May 2016Completed

Event Location:

Bread and Jam, United Kingdom

Date range:

May 27, 2016

Item ID:

21484

Date Deposited:

29 Sep 2017 16:05

Last Modified:

29 Apr 2020 16:36

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/21484

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