The Face of Something New
by Dennis McNulty.
In his book 'What time is this place?', American urban theorist Kevin Lynch coins the term timeplace, which he describes as 'a continuum of the mind'. He discusses our sense of time and in particular, our sense of being in a particular time. Timeplace has to do with this sensation and the way in which one's environment might or might not reinforce it.
In November 2011, McNulty presented the scripted performance The Eyes of Ayn Rand at Performa 11 in New York. The Face of Something New follows on from this piece, attempting to synthesize a timeplace - unpicking relationships between words, images, gestures, media and physical space - and reconfiguring these elements in relation to the spatial specificities of the Scriptings showroom in Berlin, Wedding.
The Face of Something New will be constructed from:
- an image of the house in Moscow that architect Konstantin Melnikov designed for himself, taken in 1927 while it was still under construction.
- fragments of a transcript of US talk show host Charlie Rose's 1996 interview with deconstructivist architect and theorist Peter Eisenman.
- a conversation about aspects of the history of COBOL, an unfashionable programming language in which much of the world's existing banking software is written.
There will be one performance of The Face of Something New.
TIME Doors 8.00pm. Performance 8.15pm sharp!
PLACE Scriptings showroom.
DATE Saturday 16th February.
Get there early because we will begin at 8.15 sharp.
There will be no late admittance.