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ephemeropteræ 2013
12 weeks every Friday from 7 pm

On Friday evenings, from June 14 to September 20, the atmospheric location set within a lush corner of Augarten was transformed into a site of hospitality and artistic expression. In 12 ephemeral episodes, the series explored 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.> >

DURATION: June 14 - September 20, 2013

LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria

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01) ephemeropteræ
June 14, from 7pm

WANDA COLEMAN
ÁSDÍS SIF GUNNARSDÓTTIR

As the premiering series in 2012, ephemeropteræ 2013 took place at the ephemeropteræ pavilion, a minimalistic open-air stage designed by architect David Adjaye and embedded in the midst of the beautiful Augarten park. On Friday evenings, from June 14 to September 20, the atmospheric location set within a lush corner of Augarten turned into a site of hospitality and artistic expression. For the opening evening, TBA21 proudly presented Wanda Coleman and Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir.> >

DURATION: June 14, 2013

LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria

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02) ephemeropteræ
June 21, from 7pm

LOIS WEINBERGER
ANTONIO CARO

The second evening of ephemeropteræ featured a performance program dedicated to the concepts of nature and rituals, the antagonisms of the spiritual and material, the sacred and the politicized with Lois Weinberger, widely known as the ‘Green Man’, his wife and collaborator Franziska Weinberger and Colombia’s “visual guerrillero” Antonio Caro.

Visitors joined us for an animalistic film screening and participated in a bodily painting/cleansing ritual whilst grabbing a picnic blanket to spread on the grass in TBA21–Augarten and listening the spoken word of the evening’s performers.> >

DURATION: June 21, 2013

LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria

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03) ephemeropteræ
June 28, from 7pm

ERICK BELTRÁN
BERNARDO ORTIZ

The third edition of this years’ ephemeropteræ invited the audience to observe artists Erick Beltrán and Bernardo Ortiz engaging in a “wittgensteinian” game of words, definitions, meanings, de-construction and re-construction.> >

DURATION: June 28, 2013

LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria

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04) ephemeropteræ
July 05, from 7pm

SUSAN STENGER

This evening featured a marvelous live music performance by Virtuoso of experimental and new music Susan Stenger. She concluded the evening, after a brilliant program of flute solos with a short piece of spoken word, performed together with Boris Ondreička, based on John Cage’s "I hope to let words exist as I have tried to let sounds exist” from his book For The Birds. > >

DURATION: July 5, 2013

LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria

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05) ephemeropteræ
July 12, from 7pm

JOHN GIORNO

An evening full of word-soundscapes and poetry performing acts with infamous John Giorno, the “poet among painters”, who immersed himself in spoken word and strove to become “the reflection of the mind of each person in the audience”.> >

DURATION: July 12, 2013

LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria

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06) ephemeropteræ
July 19, from 7pm

VAGINAL DAVIS, JOHANNES PORSCH

“Terrorist drag” Vaginal Davis performed at ephemeropteræ with spoken word in queercore punk style, dazzling the audience with a straightforward denial of patriarchy and white privilege in satirical manners. The act was followed by artist and theoretician Johannes Porsch with a performance in two parts: Vocal. Part 1. Exterior Perspective. Essential Sounds of the English Countryside. and Vocal. Part 2. Interior Perspective. Conversation Piece., in which the artist enabled sonorous connotations of atmosphere to enter into a dialogue with spatial settings, audience and performer.> >

DURATION: July 19, 2013

LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria

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07) ephemeropteræ
July 26, from 9:30pm
at the Filmarchiv

EDGAR HONETSCHLÄGER, CHRISTIAN FENNESZ

This edition of ephemeropteræ 07 at Filmarchiv Austria invited audiences to the screening of AUN: The Beginning and the End of All Things, 2012. A specially made trailer of the dreamlike film by internationally acclaimed austrian director and filmmaker Edgar Honetschläger was accompanied by a live computer-guitar concert by electronic sound poet and musician Christian Fennesz. Following the live guitar set, AUN: The Beginning and the End of All Things was shown at Filmarchiv Austria, one of TBA21–Augarten's longtime neighbors.> >

DURATION: July 26, 2013

LOCATION: Fimarchiv Austria,
Obere Augartenstraße 1, 1020 Vienna, Austria

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08) ephemeropteræ
August 23, from 7 pm

Boris Ondreička and Daniela Zyman ART AND...

The eighth ephemeropteræ evening with a picnic and lectures in the park. This time ephemeropteræ curators Boris Ondreička and Daniela Zyman presented a selection of texts by following poets, writers, artists, theoreticians:

Kathy Acker, Samuel Beckett, Elizabeth Bishop, William Burroughs / Brion Gysin, Peter Gidal, Florian Hecker, Stéphane Mallarmé, Siegfried Marx, James Merrill, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Carsten Höller, Liam Gillick und Jacques Rancière.> >

DURATION: August 23, 2013

LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria

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09) ephemeropteræ
August 30, from 7 pm

HASSAN KHAN, HANS ULRICH OBRIST

The ninth ephemeropteræ evening with picnic, performance and lecture in the park, in all weather conditions. This time with Hassan Khan and Hans Ulrich Obrist.> >

DURATION: August 30, 2013

LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria

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10) ephemeropteræ
September 6, from 7 pm

BLIXA BARGELD Solo Vocal Performance

For this event, the multitalented Blixa Bargeld was on parade for ephemeropteræ staging Solo Vocal Performance in the park of TBA21–Augarten. A live program without accompaniment and with a mimimum of technical equipment – singer, writer, and performance artist Blixa Bargeld created almost impossible acoustic cosmoses, utilizing scientific snippets, poetic ideas or intellectual philosophical games, presented by the artist in his classy and ironic style.> >

DURATION: September 6, 2013

LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria

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11) ephemeropteræ
September 13, from 7 pm

ANNA ARTAKER, JOSEF PENNINGER

This evening featured a double conference by artist Anna Artaker and genetic scientist Josef Penninger. In WHAT TO GET FROM WHAT YOU SEE Anna Artaker conducted personal, one to one conversations in a specially designed stage setting to investigate different experiences with the visual arts, relying entirely on her spoken word, the ability to appeal to the imagination and to conjure up images without showing them, while the rest of the audience was left to observe the dialogue from the outside like a shadow play. Simultaneously, Josef Penninger shared the secrets of life and his work in modeling diseases at the genome level in his lecture The Renaissance of Biology and Genetics. He elaborated on the need for humans to return back to deep oceans and ocean volcanoes to discover new life forms, “ […] possibly (allowing) us to define our evolution […] and maybe define entirely new medicines for the future.”> >

DURATION: September 13, 2013

LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria

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12) ephemeropteræ
September 20, from 7 pm

DAVID ADJAYE, PETER GIDAL, CHICKS ON SPEED

The grand ephemeropteræ finale featured the avant-garde film maker and theoretician Peter Gidal, the architect David Adjaye and the neo-feminist, rebellious-warrior female artist collective Chicks on Speed. Several key works in Gidal’s oeuvre, such as Denials (1986), No Night No Day (1997), and Clouds (1969) were screened at Augarten- precisely those films that influenced Cerith Wyn Evans, the eclectic Welsh artist exhibited in the TBA21–Augarten at the time. David Adjaye, one of the leading architects in Great Britain spoke of his research in new urban geographies, which he is laying out in an extensive publication about African architecture. Projects such as Europolis or Urban Africa form the starting point of his practice of experimentation, reflection and theoretical contextualization- an almost philosophical endeavor, bringing forth typologies that question current conditions and future trajectories. Perform Ants Inter View God Ono Duality High Heal Good Buy by Chicks on Speed transformed the AU Café into a “big bang of wire crossings”: a party filled with incomplete concepts, songs, sketches, and half finished Apps ready to be downloaded to create instruments from high heels and iPads in order to, for the last time for ephemeropteræ 2013, test the boundaries of spoken word and performance under the premise “What if you have to do what you have to do, to make things happen”. (Chicks On Speed)> >

DURATION: September 20, 2013

LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria

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