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Jesper List Thomsen, Hanne Lippard, Bodies Saying Words

16 March 2017



An evening of poetry readings on embodied language with Jesper List Thomsen and Hanne Lippard.

Avoiding The Genius by Jesper List Thomsen is a piece of writing to be read out loud. To be re-embodied. Using language, and a strategy of accumulation, to lift eight sculptures from their original site in the Villa Giulia, Palermo, Sicily; Avoiding The Genius is made up of nine parts that brings a historical analogy to a contemporary body. Aware of the body as a site of both semantic and gestural potential, the reading will channel and elaborate – not interpret what so blatantly calls for interpretation.

c u l8tr elevator is a performance by Hanne Lippard that deals with the makeup of politeness in language, found in our excessive use of excuses and apologies on behalf of ourselves and others, and the verbal stuttering that might occur when emotional value is broken down into formal codes. 

This event was presented with the support of Arts and Science Festival 2017, University of Birmingham.