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«Vulva’s School»
Sophie Seita



Sophie Seita, image from Reading Fountain: A Lecture Performance in Two Parts (Royal Academy, December 2017).



Gertrude Stein, ‘An Exercise in Analysis’, in Last Operas and Plays, edited by Carl Van Vechten (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977) pp. 119-138 (p. 131)



Eröffnung / Opening: 03.08.2019, 19:00 – 23:00
Performance (in English): 20:00 – 21:00


DE

Vulva’s School: A F*cking Didactic Take on Experimental Feminist Performance Art, or, How to Read ist eine performative lecture die über, durch, und mit den folgenden Künstler_innen und Schriftsteller_innen denkt: Carolee Schneemann, Hito Steyerl, Judy Chicago, Jack Halberstam, Gordon Hall, Lisa Robertson, Gertrude Stein, Maya Deren, Sianne Ngai, und Eve Sedgwick. Es ist auch ein Stück über das Lesen, über andere Formen des Lernens und in-Beziehung-bringen, über Abstraktes und Autobiografisches, über eingeklemmte Nerven, über Sichtbarkeit, über Verletzlichkeit in Institutionen, über Schlenker und intellektuelle Abstecher, übers Verirren, aber auch übers Polieren und Professionalisieren, und immer (immer) über das ernsthafte kopieren und die notwendige (sogar unermüdliche) Wiederholung.

Die Performance ist Teil des Festivals «Den Bogen spannen – 100 Jahre Darmstädter Sezession».

EN

Vulva’s School: A F*cking Didactic Take on Experimental Feminist Performance Art, or, How to Read is a performative lecture that thinks about (and through) Carolee Schneemann, Hito Steyerl, Judy Chicago, Jack Halberstam, Gordon Hall, Lisa Robertson, Gertrude Stein, Maya Deren, Sianne Ngai, and Eve Sedgwick. It’s also a piece about teachers of reading, about alternative forms of learning and relating, about abstraction and autobiography, about pinched nerves, about visibility, about vulnerability in institutions, about detours, about getting lost, but also about professional slickness, and as always (always) about serious copying and necessary (even relentless) repetition.


The performance is part of the festival «Den Bogen spannen - 100 Jahre Darmstädter Sezession».

Sophie Seita works with text and sound on the page, in performance, video, and multi-media collaborations. She recently had a solo exhibition at [SPACE] in Hackney, and has performed or exhibited her work in London, New York, Santiago de Chile, Paris, Bristol, Cambridge, Berlin, Amsterdam, Cork (Ireland), and elsewhere. She’s the author of My Little Enlightenment: A Lecture Performance (2019), Provisional Avant-Gardes (2019), Transpositions (2018), Meat (2015), Fantasias in Counting (2014), and 12 Steps (2012); the translator of Uljana Wolf’s Subsisters: Selected Poems (2017), and the editor of The Blind Man (2017), named one of the Best Art Books of 2017 by The New York Times. She currently teaches at the University of Cambridge, and from September will take up an Assistant Professorship at Boston University.



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