Per Formative Poiesis: A Timed Play In Three Acts

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Per Formative Poiesis: A Timed Play In Three Acts
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Per Formative Poiesis: A Timed Play In Three Acts says
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Parliament of Owls" on view through August 15, 2015.


A performative sculpture of language and sound by Rebecca Novak with Steve Jansen, Randi Long, Sarah Rodriguez, Berenice Pineda Suchilt, and Ronnie Yates


Part theater, part sculptural installation, Per Formative Poiesis combines improvised sound, live script writing, poetry and acting in a theatrical performance addressing questions about the nature of performativity and identity, while recreating on a micro-scale the daily process of synthesizing disparate pieces of information to discover new meanings and connections in order to foster an understanding of self in relation to environment.

Each act begins with synchronized regulation wrestling timers that mark time for both performers and audience. During the course of the performance, actor becomes scriptwriter, philosopher becomes poet, and musician becomes actor while language is abstracted into image and sound.

Poiesis is an ancient Greek verb meaning “to make.” The term is referenced in its most broad context, connoting a shaping of time and space by the performers both individually and together as a group, thus transforming experience and creating the world anew.

This work was inspired by several ideas including the theatrical sculptures of Guy de Cointet (1934-1983); an image of the curtain of the tabernacle from an early “Postilla Literalis” or, “literal commentary” (the practice of illuminating text with image in the margins of the text); as well as the performance practices of improvised music and the instructional scores of Pauline Oliveros.


image: Untitled painting by Berenice Pineda Suchilt
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By: DiverseWorks Artspace