Posthumous notes are found, unpublishable poems are edited…

Malcolm Angelucci

Friday 30th April 2010, from 7pm at Serial Space

Performance: 2 hours

Posthumous notes are found, unpublishable poems are edited, bad lines are remembered, monologues are staged, and even the solitary screamer bears witness to the reverberation of its own self: this reading draws attention to the impossibility of an a-dialogic utterance by performing (in vain) a series of symbolic acts towards an impossible distancing. Protected by the stereotypes of the genre, of the exotic, by the production of an otherness according to aesthetic or linguistic (or whatever) categories, and most of all by indifference, the author (sitting on a chair in an unspecified passage area of the exhibition space) will read, in Italian, a series of ‘examples’: a series of exemplary texts. While the foreign language (partially) obscures yet creates meaning for the passing audience, the repetition of the same 15 short prose pieces for a period of 2 hours (more if required) will render the author numb to his own production, deaf, ‘turned away’: he could be reading the news, chanting a slogan, reiterating the boredom of a spectacle. Mistaking misinterpretation for indifference, and indifference for a space of freedom, the attempt will ultimately succeed as a failure.

Malcolm is a lecturer in Italian and Cultural Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. His background is in Italian Literature, with a focus on early Twentieth century philosophy, poetry and aesthetics.

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1 Response to “Posthumous notes are found, unpublishable poems are edited…”


  1. 1 Mara April 23, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Ciao Malcolm,
    so much looking forward to catching up with you and seeing your work. It sounds so much ‘you’.. I’m most intrigued!
    Regards,
    Mara


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