Block Universe - Hanne Lippard
Wed 30 May 2018

Block Universe presents Hanne Lippard

Wed 30 May 2018
20.00 - 21.00
£10.00 / £7.00 concessions

Tickets also available on the door. 

Lancaster Rooms
New Wing

Block Universe present a performance by Hanne Lippard in partnership with Somerset House Studios.

At first there was nothing. Not even something. Not even something hidden in the sand. There was no sand. There was no sound. Then there was the word. To be heard. Who spoke the first word, is uncertain. What the word was, is also not clear. How the voice sounded, nobody knows. Spoken words do not fossilise. Ducks do, but only their bones. Many remnants from the past go undiscovered. Only hard resistant material survives. The disappearance of a body can be rapid. Whatever brittleness there is about you, it will vanish with silt or sand when time passes. As one knows; the poor jellyfish is after all nothing but a fleeting soul, never given a solid afterlife.  

Hanne Lippard is a British Norwegian artist based in Berlin who focuses on the production of language solely through the use of voice. In performances, installations, videos and audio pieces, she arranges, composes and combines her own wordplays with words by others. Fragments from everyday speech, sourced from various online platforms, are constantly reworked through the use of repetition, pronunciation and rhythm. Phrases and images associated with contemporary topics such as work, success, and lifestyles are evoked. By merging content and form and through a gentle rhyme, her vivid words begin to lose their prescribed value and modify to take on new meanings. With an almost hypnotic, cleansing approach, the vocal sequences sink into the listener’s mind and create a free-form, associative pattern of melodic, linguistic formulas.

Recent exhibitions and performances have been hosted by KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2017); ars viva, Stockholm, Sweden (2016); Index–The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden (2016); *KURATOR, Rapperswil, Switzerland (2016); Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany (2016); Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany (2016); 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (2015); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2015); Transmediale, Berlin, Germany (2015); Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany (2015); Unge Kunstneres Samfund, Oslo, Norway (2014); Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany (2013); Poesía en Voz, Mexico City, Mexico (2012).

Supported by the Goethe-Institut London

From 26 May to 03 June 2018, Block Universe will present work by some of the most innovative UK-based and international artists working in performance art today, including Maria Hassabi, Giselle Stanborough, Nora Turato and Laura Wilson.