Ephemeropterae˜ – the term for insects that live only a day – is a series of 16 performative events held in the Augarten, Vienna, at twilight every Friday. Still ongoing through September 2012, an international range of invited cultural practitioners will contribute to the exploration of the spoken word, its abilities to express the ephemeral, the apparently insignificant, and the imperfect.

Rooted in every culture and civilization, the oral practice will be reinvented for the 21st century as one of the most consistent, potent, and thought-provoking sites in contemporary culture. By resisting definitions and directly addressing and engaging audiences, this series offers different approaches to the nature and experience of an oral practice – the performances might oscillate between oral histories and storytelling, poetry and music (Sanskrit verses, Sufi poetry, shamanic litanies, troubadours and trobairitz, the Harlem and San Francisco Renaissances, Noigandres, Beatnicks, Last Poets and Language poets, and more), lectures, comment, rants, speech (from internal voices to messages from the beyond), and nonverbal communication.


Ephemeropterae Pavilion, Photo: David Adjaye

Among the next speakers there`ll be e.g. Rasha Salti (ArteEast) & Kenneth Goldsmith (UbuWeb) on July 13,2012, Ragnar Kjartansson on September 14, 2012, or Gelitin on September 28, 2012. See the programme here. Ephemeropterae˜ is curated by Daniela Zyman and Boris Ondreicka.

Ephemeropterae˜
(Performer, Audience, Word, Spoken, Garden, Friday, Evening, Vienna, Austria)
TBA21 Augarten
Scherzergasse 1A
1020 Vienna, Austria
Performances start at 7 pm and under all weather conditions.
FREE admission to all performances!