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BEFORE AND AFTER THIS.

21 Jan 2014

The Ongoing Conversation #1.3

The Ongoing Conversation #1.3

The Ongoing Conversation #1.3

Quenton Miller: THE CONFIDENCE MAN - A THEATRE PERFORMANCE
an exhibition with Cecilia Bengtsson / Sharelly Emanuelson / Hannah Dawn Henderson / Annabel Kanaar / Quenton Miller / Sara Pape
A series of six one-day events in collaboration with the Master Artistic Research

Doors open at 19:00, the performance begins at 20:00.

The Confidence Man, Herman Melville’s farewell to fiction, is a book of fake feelings, stock market plays, money-soliciting stories and TED Talk-like speeches. It is a sequence of meetings on a steamboat heading down the Mississippi, and though published 157 years ago when capitalism was expanding and the American Civil War was approaching, it’s also book about the times of PR and the GFC we’re going through now.

Professional speakers and performers of all kinds will deliver speeches adapted from the text as a theatrical performance. It will be filmed and the speeches and pitches will be directed to a live studio audience to test how belief is staged.

Performers: Jeremiah Fleming, João Paixão, Abner Preis, Pasquale Camporeale

The performance will be accompanied by a guest-lecture by Frans-Willem Korsten.

The Ongoing Conversation offers a series of fast-paced one-day exhibitions, conceived as a dialogue rather than a series of isolated events. During three weeks the exhibition spaces will become a stage for orchestrated ambiguity, paradox, spectatorship and theatricality. From Melville to Wikipedia, from post-colonial questions to universal issues as love and death; all of this will be explored and performed in six mini solo-exhibition events.
Featuring a range of international artists, each exhibition is complemented with an invited guest who will lecture, perform or participate.

This project is the outcome of a collaboration between 1646 and the Master Artistic Research, The Hague.

The Master Artistic Research is a postgraduate study for artists, based at the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague. Also see www.masterartisticresearch.eu