monody


March 14, 1998
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

March 18-21 & March 25-28, 1998
11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


A nine day performance involving
the consecutive and continuous recitation
of unique, six-word Dada poems*
randomly constructed from 14,566 found words
ritually culled from the New York Times
and the Wall Street Journal.
 

These poems were assembled, then recited,
by the artist (as performer)
seated in a chair
suspended in the center of the gallery.


On each of the nine days,
the performance began (behind closed doors)
thirty minutes before the gallery opened
and ended (behind closed doors)
thirty minutes after the gallery closed.


* The classic Dada poem is written by selecting a newspaper, then choosing
a block of columned type that matches the desired length of your proposed poem.
 This block is then removed from the newspaper and each of its individual words
is cut out separately. These words are placed in a paper bag and shaken.
The poem is randomly written as the words are removed from the bag
and laid out in the order in which they appear.

performance images...