Mar 01 2018
SI OFFSITE | LUNAR INTERVAL IV: FULL MOON | Aria Dean: Get-Together: A Tragedy of Language
Thursday, March 1, 7pm
Downtown Art, 2nd Floor Studio
70 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003
Swiss Institute announces the fourth event in the Lunar Intervals series, Aria Dean’s Get-Together: A Tragedy of Language.
Two couples get together for dinner and make conversation. Everything loses its shape.
Get-Together: A Tragedy of Language unravels over the course of five movements. Vacuous from the start, the couples’ chatter veers toward the nonsensical and absurd. Drawing inspiration from Eugene Ionesco’s first (anti)play, The Bald Soprano (1950), Get-Together: A Tragedy of Language is an exercise in the failures of speech, capturing and exhausting the meaningless meaningfulness of the day. Routinized, stock turns of phrases, and empty and overflowing signification reveal their own organizing mechanics as otherwise independent actors find themselves puppeteered by a massive (non)logic not their own. Get-Together follows Ionesco’s interest in the “collapse of reality” brought on by a loss of meaning, but doubles back on itself, exploring western culture as defined and nourished in part by such cyclical crises of meaning. Anxiety around order breaking down signals an order being re-established.
Out of this cycle, Get-Together: A Tragedy of Language forges a text about being emptied out.