Parlour Dictionnaire

ParlourDictionaire-imgFriday 15th April 2016
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Dr Johnson’s House
Gough Square
London EC4A 3DE

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An event at the house of Dr Johnson, the famous lexicographer, to commemorate the 261st year of his famous work Dictionary of the English Language

Parlour Dictionnaire was a site-specific live-art event which examined the performance of language as a translation of the conceptual into the physical act of speech and writing. It presented new performance-based works from eleven contemporary artists highlighting the uncanny elements within this translation, exploring the engagement with the act of language as a form of ritualised navigation through the shifting threshold between the visible and invisible. Each artist approached the role of the dictionary as a map of this territory; a physical remnant of the illusory act, exploring its creation and the vision which drove it.

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Description of the event by Alexis Thompson