Glasgow international 2018

20 April—
7 May

Esther Ferrer

I’m Going To Tell You About My Life

Event
Performance

I’m Going To Tell You About My Life is a performative action conceived by Spanish artist Esther Ferrer. The piece brings together a group of volunteer signers and non-signers, speaking in sign language and in various spoken languages, who introduce themselves to an audience.

Taking a different meaning each time it’s performed, the piece advocates for a pluralist society by presenting language as a palpable manifestation of diversity. “The less languages we are able to speak,” believes Ferrer, “the easier it will be to impose a single way of thinking”.

Supported by Glasgow International and the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in London.

Free; booking required. Book via Eventbrite.

Sun 22 April
1pm

Esther Ferrer with Louise Ahl and Fritz Welch, Jessica Higgins, Sandra Johnston, and Pester & Rossi

MINIMAL/POOR/PRESENT

Event
Performance

Developed in parallel to Esther Ferrer’s performative action I’m Going To Tell You About My Life, MINIMAL/POOR/PRESENT features a performance piece by the Spanish live art pioneer, as well as four new commissions by UK-based artists loosely inspired by her work. Jointly, the two projects claim a continuity and intensified relevance for Ferrer’s wide-ranging artistic legacy in the context of Brexit, amidst global instability and deepening social tensions.

After a lifetime of practice, much of it in exile, Ferrer believes her work to be at its strongest when she uses primarily her own body, keeping props and other elements to a minimum. Anarchism remains a central theme for her.

Supported by Glasgow International and the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in London.

Free; booking required. Book via Eventbrite.

Mon 23 April
6pm

Irina Gheorghe

Foreign Language for Beginners

Event
Performance

Foreign Language for Beginners (2015 – ongoing) is a developing performance work by Irina Gheorghe, which explores the dynamics and history of an improbable first contact by way of speech, sound and movement. It is a conversation with the world outside the word, by way of word, inside a room. The performance starts with simple messages that were composed and gathered by the SETI Institute in order to be sent into outer space, which are directed at the audience in the second person. However, as the performance progresses, the mode of address, the form the language takes, and the situations described begin to get a little weirder…

 

 

Sun 22nd April, 3.30-4pm

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