ephemeropteræ 2017
June–September 2017 | TBA21–Augarten, Vienna

ephemeropteræ, Photo: TBA21

EPHEMEROPTERÆ, TBA21’s annual spoken-word performance series held since 2012 in the Augarten Park brings together, artists, poets, musicians, scientists, architects, and philosophers to explore the rich traditions and evanescent articulations of poetry, literature, theory, performance, and language-based artistic practice. These unique, open-air acts complement TBA21’s exhibitions and are based on forms of “staged knowledge” or “performative rhetoric”, embodied forms of discourse and articulation, which create spaces of imagination and inspiration. EPHEMEROPTERÆ offers an arena dedicated to the nature and the experience of oral and performative practices and reveals itself as a potent and thought-provoking site of contemporary expression. 

The sixth season of EPHEMEROPTERÆ accompanies the exhibition Tidalectics, which proposes a new mode of commitment to the oceans, a mode coming from the seas themselves, focusing on the poetic, mythical, spiritual, and solidary dimensions of the oceans. Tidalectics is a term coined by the celebrated poet-historian Kamau Brathwaite and the exhibition features works that have come about as a result of the TBA21–Academy and its ground-breaking research and exploration trips, as well as other works by artists whose practice is profoundly dedicated to the oceans.

This year's EPHEMEROPTERÆ program accompanies and complements these ideas by engaging with themes related to the oceans, deep ecologies, and ecofeminisms, with oceanic sciences, ecopedagogy, aquatic soundscapes, and speculative poetics. Participants in the 2017 season include: Ursula Biemann, Guillermo Faivovich, Warwick Fox, Ellie Ga, Nicolás Goldberg, Florian Hecker, David Horvitz, Joan Jonas, Hilary Koob Sassen,  J.M. Ledgard, Chus Martinez, Nicola Masciandaro, Astrida Neimanis, Trevor Paglen, Josef Penninger, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Markus Reymann, Jana Winderen, Susanne M. Winterling, and Peter Zinovieff.

Offered free of charge, the individual 40 to 60-minute live-acts are diverse in both content and form, and are repeated on a weekly basis throughout the summer from June to September (with a summer break between July 15–August 24).
supported by
Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein
Curated by
Daniela Zyman and Boris Ondreička,
with Stefanie Hessler and Markus Reymann
Free admission
On Fridays, starting at 7pm

June 2 
Jana Winderen 
June 9          
J.M. Ledgard
Trevor Paglen 
June 16 

Josef Penninger            
Markus Reymann          
Peter Zinovieff
June 23 at 7:30 pm

Nicola Masciandaro 
Joan Jonas 

June 30 
Chus Martinez 
Hilary Koob Sassen
July 7 

Ellie Ga
Astrida Neimanis
Ursula Biemann 
July 14 

Florian Hecker 
August 25 

Warwick Fox  
David Horvitz
September 1 

Guillermo Faivovich
Nicolás Goldberg      
September 8 

Elizabeth A. Povinelli 
Susanne M. Winterling       
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna