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	Image: Fayen d’Evie with Benjamin Hancock, Essays in Vibrational Poetics (detail), 2018, performance, Old Castlemaine Gaol, Victoria, courtesy and © the artistPhotograph: Pippa Samaya

Performance: ‘Essays in vibrational poetics {~} ... , ... ; ... '

By artists Fayen d'Evie and Benjamin Hancock for The National 2019

For The National 2019 Fayen d’Evie presents a tactile installation in which messages are encoded on rocks and other surfaces in Braille and a form of calligraphic sign language, designed to be activated and read through touch. The performance piece, produced in collaboration with dancer and choreographer Benjamin Hancock, is a crucial component of the work and expands d’Evie’s broader inquiry into embodied and multi-sensorial modes of perception.

Fayen d’Evie and Benjamin Hancock, Essays in vibrational poetics {~} ... , ... ; ... 2019, performance, 20 minutes

Fayen d’Evie’s projects are often conversational and collaborative, and resist spectatorship by activating diverse audiences in embodied readings of artworks. D’Evie advocates for the radical potential for blindness, arguing that blindness agitates ocularcentric norms, and offers critical positions and methods attuned to sensory translations, ephemerality, the tangible and intangible, hallucination, uncertainty, concealment, and the invisible. D’Evie is the founder of 3-ply, which investigates artist-led publishing as an experimental site for the creation and dispersal of texts. With artist Katie West, d’Evie co-founded the Museum Incognita, which revisits neglected, concealed or obscured histories through embodied encounters.

Benjamin Hancock is a Melbourne dancer and choreographer. He graduated from
the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2008 with a Bachelor of Dance. Benjamin is a prolific solo performer, having presented work as a contemporary dancer and performance artist within Australia and the USA. Within his contemporary practice he has presented solo work through Chunky Move – Next Move, Lucy Guerin Inc – Pieces for Small Spaces, Performance Space – Day For Night, National Gallery of Victoria – Melbourne Now, Mona Museum & New Orleans Biennial – Prospect 3 USA.

Image: Fayen d’Evie with Benjamin Hancock, Essays in Vibrational Poetics (detail), 2018, performance, Old Castlemaine Gaol, Victoria, courtesy and © the artist
Photograph: Pippa Samaya

Sunday 31 March 2019, 1pm

Free

No bookings required

Duration 20 minutes
Location: Lower level 2

Related exhibition: The National 2019

Related gallery: Contemporary galleries