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Poetry Passage#4: I Am The Mouth

National Gallery in Prague – Veletržní Palace (Národní galerie v Praze – Veletržní palác), Dukelských hrdinů 47, Praha 7 - Holešovice, 170 00
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5. 10. 2016 – 15. 1. 2017

Language, the sensuality of sound and materiality of voice are in the centre of the Poetry Passage#4. A disembodied pair of lips, intoning “I am the mouth that produces waves”, greets the viewers upon the entrance. Short animation video by Polish artist, Agnieszka Polska (b. 1985) is inspired by Samuel Beckett’s theatrical production Not I (1972) and based upon a scientific description of sound waves moving through different materials. Ultimately, Poetry Passage#4 generates a fictive dialogue with the French philosopher’s Jean-Luc Nancy’s seminal essay/play, Vox Clamans in Deserto (1986), a meditation on body, voice and speech and a performance on the ecstatic nature of being in the world.


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