The Event 2011 / Symposion

Encomiums in Praise of Love

The Event 2011




Encomiums in Praise of Love

by Symposiasts

Clementine Deliss, Karl Holmqvist, Jiří Kovanda, Maria Lindberg, Christian Rätsch, Emily Roysdon, Rasha Salti, Ruti Sela, Jan Verwoert and Plato,

symposiarched by

Boris Ondreička,

Saturday, 22 October 2011, 7pm
The Studio at Fairbridge
79 Warwick Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B12 0NH

Emily Roysdon
Friday, 21 October 2011, 2pm
School of Art, BIAD, BCU
Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BX

'First Chaos came, and then broad-bosomed Earth, The everlasting seat of all that is, And Love.'
In other words, after Chaos, the Earth and Love, these two, came into being. Also Parmenides sings of Generation:
'First in the train of gods, he fashioned Love.'
Plato’s Symposion (385-380 BC) “concerns itself at one level with the genesis, purpose and nature of love. Love is examined in a sequence of speeches by men attending a symposium, or drinking party. Each man must deliver an encomium, a speech in praise of Love (Eros)”.

Boris Ondreička has invited artists, theorists, poets, authors and ethnographers, men and women, to deliver an encomium, a speech in praise of love, in a format or medium which best suits his/her practice.

Over one evening, these encomiums will be delivered to an audience and collectively discussed in the context of special stage-set which is produced as a result of collective creativity.

Symposion is a performative discourse of radical subjectivities through an adoration of love at the end of the day.

Clementine Deliss is a researcher, author, curator, anthropologist, editor of Metronome, director of Museum of the Worlds Cultures, Frankfurt, DE Karl Holmqvist, is an artist and poet based in Stockholm, SE and Berlin, DE Jiří Kovanda is an artist based in Prague, CZ

Maria Lindberg is an artist based in Göteborg, SE

Christian Rätsch is an ethnopharmacologist specialised in psychoactive plants, ethnographer, author, based in Hamburg, DE

Emily Roysdon is an artist and writer based in NYC, USA, and Stockholm, SE, editor, co/founder of LTTR, contributing member of Men

Rasha Salti is a curator and writer based in Beiruth, LEB and NYC, USA, co/director of Arteeast, co/curator of Sharjah Biennale 10

Ruti Sela is an artist/film-maker based in Tel Aviv, ISR

Jan Verwoert, is a critic and author based in Berlin, DE, contributing editor of Frieze Magazine, he writes for Metropolis M and Afterall, teaches at Piet Zwart Institute the de Appel curatorial programme and the Ha’Midrasha School of Art, Tel Aviv, member of La Stampa

Plato was a philosopher based in Athens, GR