Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary presents the sixth edition of EPHEMEROPTERÆ, its annual spoken-word performance series. Taking place from June to September 2017 at TBA21–Augarten, it comprises 11 evenings with invited scientists, artists, musicians, curators, authors, and thinkers.
The sixth season of EPHEMEROPTERÆ accompanies the exhibition Tidalectics, which proposes a new mode of commitment to the oceans, coming from the seas themselves and focusing on the poetic, mythical, spiritual, and solidary dimensions of the oceans. This year's program complements the exhibition by engaging with themes such as deep ecologies, ecofeminisms, oceanic sciences, ecopedagogy, aquatic soundscapes, and speculative poetics.
Using film clips and objects from the Karrabing Film Collective and research on bioluminescence, Elizabeth A. Povinelli and Susanne M. Winterling jointly explore the governance of existence in the crumbling discourses and practices of geontopower. What forms of existence are staying put, retreating, being extinguished, and gaining affective force; and what political vocabularies are emerging as the fictive politics of logos gives way to other signals, senses, and dreams? Where will our anti-capitalist antagonists emerge from? What shape will they take—red algae, toxic sovereignties, precariat posthumans—and where will this leave those clinging to the benefits of late liberalism?