A Symposium for Listening

 
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“A leaf is a platter of pigment strung with vascular lace. Veins bring water from the soil to the leaf, where it is torn apart using light. The energy produced from this tearing apart of water is what glues sugars together after they are fixed from the air”  -Hope Jahren

A Symposium for Listening, 2017, is a two-hour durational performance work performed at Les Baines des Pâquis, in Geneva, Switzerland. Performers join the pubic of Geneva in the theatrical bathhouse architecture, considering the theater of the sublime before them. Wearing plain clothes, the performers circulate through the space at varying rates of motion, shifting in our perception of all that surrounds us.

 

A Symposium for Listening was created in 2017 as Artist in Residence at Utopiana, in Geneva, Switzerland.

 
 
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photo © European Space Agency (ESA)

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Performed by

Patricia Terrapon

Michel Barras

Risa Horn

Collaborating Artists:

Patricia Terrapon

Michel Barras

Patricia Terrapon

Carisa Mitchell

 

Gallery


photographs by Marie de Lutz


Preliminary Research


Performance Score:

i. The artist enters the gallery. Her mouth is full of water and she carries a potted plant.
ii. She gives one audience member an analogue clock and written instructions to count 60 seconds aloud with the clock as they pass.
iii. She gives another audience member written instructions to count drops of water aloud as they fall from the artist’s mouth.
iv. The performance begins when the first audience member begins to count 60 seconds. For the duration, the artist drips the water from her mouth into the plant to the counting of the second audience member.

video created by Sue Murad