Rhetorical Chorus by Agatha Gothe-Snape for Liveworks
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW, 2015, Australia
19th October 2017 to 22nd October 2017
Specially commissioned for New York’s Performa Biennial (2015), Rhetorical Chorus is Agatha Gothe-Snape’s largest and most ambitious performance work to date. Inspired by a chance encounter with the legendary American conceptual artist Lawrence Wiener, Rhetorical Chorus brings together a choir, PowerPoint projection, spoken text and choreography to subtly unravel the myths and methods of the 20th Century male artist. With guest artists including Brian Fuata, Megan Clune, Lizzie Thomson, Brooke Stamp and the renowned American vocalist and musician Joan La Barbara, Rhetorical Chorus fragments the singular, rhetorical voice, dissolving it into a spectacle of transmission. This cyclical, mesmeric experience calls into question both the circulation and consumption of knowledge, exposing the shaky foundations on which authority is built.