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Why Words Now

Cally Spooner

December 14, 2021, 18:00–20:00PM, Nyhavn 2, 1051 København K

CANCELLED! The event is unfortunately cancelled. We’ll be back in 2022.

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Art Hub & The School of Sculpture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts is pleased to present WHY WORDS NOW – the format that tests and probes the paradoxical overabundance of words in the field of visual arts.

For this – the last edition in 2021 of Why Words Now, we welcome artist Cally Spooner.

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For Why Words Now Cally Spooner will read from her current project, Dead Time (2018). Dead Time is a 63 page performance score that Cally understands to be an expanded piece of writing. It consists of drawings, photos, captions of recent work, and fan mail to a Hollywood actor. Dead Time was composed by Cally in response to what she coined to be ‘a global techno-temporal-performance culture’; a crime scene in which it is increasingly difficult to tell the difference between what is alive and what is dead. Over the coming years, Cally will be translating Dead Time into a number of works that can coexist under various conditions, and which will culminate in a ‘crime-fiction-Opera’ in 2024.

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Rooted firmly in her training in philosophy, Cally Spooner’s practice is generated through writing, unfolds as performance, then lands as film, sound, sculpture, drawings or scores. Her performances incorporate duration and rehearsal as acts of resistance to corporate, digital and performative climates in which it is hard to tell the difference between what is alive and what is dead. Cally Spooner’s most recent solo shows include DEAD TIME, at the Museum Dhondt Dhaenens, 2021 and The Art Institute of Chicago, 2019; SWEAT SHAME ETC., Swiss Institute New York, 2018; Everything Might Spill, Castello Di Rivoli, Rivoli, 2018; DRAG DRAG SOLO, Contemporary Art Centre Geneva, Geneva, 2018; Soundtrack For A Troubled Time, Whitechapel Art Gallery, 2017; On False Tears and Outsourcing, New Museum, New York, 2016. On False Tears, her monograph, was published by Hatje Cantz and Edizione Madre in 2020. Her book Scripts (2016) is published by Slimvolume, and her novel Collapsing in Parts (2012) is published by Mousse Publishing.

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Join us at the School of Sculpture, at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Tuesday, 14 December, at 6pm.

Participation is free, but registration is required via info@arthubcopenhagen.dk.

The lecture will be in English.

“Why Words Now” is curated by artist and academy professor Simon Dybbroe Møller, and independent curator and PhD student af Aarhus University Helga Just Christoffersen.
Supported by the Danish Arts Foundation.

Art Hub : is an international art institution aimed at supporting the young contemporary art scene

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