Hanne Lippard in Venice
Performance to mark the publication of the book Nuances of No
May 29, 2013, 11am–1pm
Calle della Madonna
(Five minute walk from Piazzale Roma)
Hanne Lippard will give a performance of Speaking Comfort in an Uncomfortable Chair in Venice to mark the Broken Dimanche Press publication of Nuances of No, the first comprehensive collection of the artist's text work. Over the last number of years, Lippard has built up an impressive and equally idiosyncratic practice based at the meeting point of words, performance and visual art.
When composing her texts, Lippard relies on the sounds that they trigger in her mind when she is writing, but, crucially, also when she is speaking. The use of her voice has gained for her a typographical insistence, becoming her main medium of expression whether it be through the linearity of a mechanical narrator or through the use of her voice as a more personified melodic rhythm during her compelling live performances.
Her affinity with common speech ensures that hers is nothing less than a poetry that all of us can recognize. Common sayings, turns of phrase, everyday chitchat become for her a repeated chorus rather than a coherent meaningful construction of words: with Lippard they become melodies in themselves.
Aphorisms, love songs, voicemails, quotes and slogans lose or gain value depending on how they are re-arranged and performed—in Nuances of No Lippard reclaims language for her own end to try and overcome any overruling claim to authorship. At times graphic, playful and intimate, this is an artist using language in all its forms in an effort to create an original aesthetic of the word.
Broken Dimanche Press is a dedicated international platform for literature, contemporary visual art and the many meeting points between the two. Since 2009 BDP has worked across Europe with artists, writers, designers and social scientists from various fields, creating informal networks and dissemination models for progressive experiments in the domain of the book, expanding the possibility of contemporary publication and the notion of the contemporary avant-garde.
Nuances of No by Hanne Lippard
94 pages, softcover, 12,7 x 18,4 cm
Hanne Lippard (b. 1984, Milton Keynes, UK) graduated from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2010. Her most recent exhibitions have been in Galerie Nord, Berlin, Marres, Maastricht, Suvi Lehtinen Gallery, Berlin, TETO projects, Amsterdam and Spike Island, Bristol. She has most recently performed in Badische Kunstverein in Karlsruhe, Whitechapel gallery, London, ARCO Madrid 2012, Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin, The Showroom, London, Frutta Gallery, Rome, and Poesia en Voz, Mexico City. In May 2013 she was shortlisted for the inaugural Berlin Art Prize.