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june, 2023

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03jun2:00 pmWorks on Paper: Experiments in Language and SoundManfred Werder: [ the music of history ]Live or Recorded:Live Event


Event Details

2:00 p.m. – dérive (walk)
7:30 p.m. – performance (doors at 7:00 p.m.)

Works on Paper presents two interconnected activities by Mexico City/Zürich-based Manfred Werder, an outdoor dérive and an indoor performance. To participate in the dérive, arrive at Passages Bookshop between 1:45 and 2:00 pm. There will be a break between the dérive and the evening performance. Werder’s Portland activities continue the artist’s practice of inscription, which includes ongoing writing projects 20160 (three 22 meter long scrolls), 20170 (stack of found paper), 20190 (historic postcards), and [ the music of history ] — described as “the inscription of the earth, that is, both the earth that inscribes and the earth that is inscribed.”

Manfred Werder, composer and performer, is wandering through the abundance in which he traces all possible enunciation regarding the world. His recent work [ the music of history ] continues the practice of inscription, of found materials through typewriters and the public space through dérive. Earlier works include stück 1998, a 4000 page score whose nonrecurring and intermittent performative realization has been ongoing since December 1997. Lives in situ.

Works on Paper supports activities that use concepts, characteristics, and histories of the book, and entanglements with text, as a frame for exploratory practice across the arts. This season’s series, Experiments in Language and Sound, highlights artists working at the intersection of experimental music and poetry. It is organized by David Abel and Robert Blatt.


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