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Performance art inspired by ancient literature, in the atmospheric Cast Gallery.

Join us for a performance of David Ryan's Recitativo – Fragments (after Lucretius and Negri). Enjoy a glass of wine within the atmospheric surroundings of the Museum of Classical Archaeology as performers bring to life the work's blend of the visual, musical and spoken word.

David writes,

"The piece explores both the relationship between the speaking voice (as a kind of narration) and the possibility of creating an open work that integrates sounds and images. Central to this project is the creation of a spoken text that brings together a patchwork of sonic and visual fragments. It interweaves segments from Lucretius’ poem ‘On the Nature of Things’ (c. 50 BC) and Antonio Negri’s political reworking of these ideas in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Both of these texts explore the challenge of embracing a materialist philosophy in turbulent times. The work does not attempt to illustrate these ideas but uses them as the basis for making sequences of text/image/sound that act as mutually reciprocal potential vehicles for each. It explores the casts at the Museum of Classical Archaeology as a backdrop against which these texts unfold."

David Ryan is a London-based painter, video artist and musician. He is Reader in Fine Art and Director of the Fine Art Research Unit at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. He will soon be touring the work as 'Clouds and Noise: Fragments from Lucretius and Negri'.

Free. For adults.

Booking essential. Book online here.
Booking opens on 25 September 2017.

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This event is part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, the University's annual celebration of the arts and social sciences.

 

Date: 
Friday, 20 October, 2017 - 18:30 to 19:30
Contact name: 
Jennie Thornber
Contact phone: 
01223 330402
Event location: 
Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

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