Alexandre Singh with Defne Ayas and Liesbeth Levy Artist Talk: A Causerie
- Monday, November 18, 1:00 pm
As part of the realization of The Humans, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, which co-commissioned the theatrical production with Performa, presented the Causeries. Taking its title from the French verb causer [to converse or chat], the Causeries were set up as a series of discussions in which Alexandre Singh expanded on The Humans’ key concepts. Rather than discursive events in the well-known format of a conference or symposium, the Causeries were conceived as informal conversations between the artist and an expert in a given field.
The Performa Institute presents an overview of the kaleidoscopic themes explored in the Causeries with Defne Ayas and Singh, who conceived and organized the events in consultation with writer Donatien Grau, and Liesbeth Levy, who participated in the Rotterdam convenings. The conversation highlights the broad-ranging conceptual topics which informed the development of Singh’s new work, including scatology, the aesthetics of Woody Allen, manifestations of the Voice in philosophy and opera, satire as social criticism, expressions of mountains in visual culture and literature, the social and political context of ancient Greek theater, the origins and evolution of theatrical costumes, and diverse mythological traditions.