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Paulina Olowska. Alphabet. 2005/12

The performance Alphabet, by Paulina Olowksa (Polish, b. 1976), is inspired by Czech designer Karel Teige's typographic book ABECEDA (which was published in Prague in 1926 and recently reprinted). Referring to the poetics of typography and Eastern European avant-garde tradition, the work involves collaboration with other performers, who curve and stretch their bodies into 26 letters, from A to Z, to construct a new system for conveying meaning. The performance also includes the presentation of short poems by Josef Strau, Frances Stark, and Paulus Mazur. The physicality of text, writing, and the contexts in which words appear are all parts of Olowska’s poetics. Alphabet was first performed in 2005 at Galerie Meerrettich, on the roof of the Kiosk at the Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin, within a project curated by Josef Strau.
Performers: Katy Pile, Jessie Gold, Daniel Squire, and Kevin Hurley
Thursday, May 3, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 4, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

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