Erik Bünger – The Girl Who Never Was lecture/performance

23 oct. 2021, 18:00
Hungarian State Theatre Csiky Gergely – Studio / Facebook event

Free entrance, limited availability (35 seats). Registration must be made in advance by filling in the form here.

Erik Bünger’s work focuses on phe­nom­ena, which are gen­er­ally assumed to lie beyond the realm of lan­guage, where con­cepts such as ‘voice’, ‘body’, ‘image’ and ‘nature’ make up zones of inde­ter­mi­nacy – simul­ta­ne­ously inside and out­side lan­guage. In per­for­mance lec­tures, videos, texts, and musi­cal com­po­si­tions, he explores the way in which such con­cepts, by refer­ring to some­thing mute and un­speakable beyond the reach of the lin­guis­tic, be­come cen­tral voids around which our real­ity is built up.

The Girl Who Never Was – video excerpt

The Girl Who Never Was

In 2008 an American researcher rediscovers the lost traces of the first recorded voice ever: the 148-year-old voice of a little girl singing a French lullaby. One year later another researcher reveals that what the fragment actually contains is the voice of a man. This story becomes the starting point for an exploration into the contradictory nature of the human voice and the power of the human voice to defy any conventional categories of truth and falsity, past and present, man and woman. The more we try to shut her voice out the more persistent her song becomes.

Erik Bünger is an artist, writer and composer, whose work investigates the relationship between language and concepts such as ‘voice’, ‘body’, ‘image’ and ‘nature’. In lecture-performances, videos, texts, and musical compositions he explores the way in which such concepts, by referring to something mute and unspeakable beyond the reach of language, become central voids around which our reality is built up. His work has been presented around the world in venues such as Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Wellcome Collection in London, The Lincoln Center in New York, KW in Berlin and The Curitiba Biennial in Brazil. In 2018, his debut book, ‘The Elephant Who Was a Rhinoceros’, was published on RpB Verlag (Cologne)

The event is part of the Where ART Thou? program.

Where ART Thou? is designed as an annual event around the arts and humanities where technology is both a method, a tool of production and communication and a source of inspiration. Engaging with international practitioners and artists across art, film, video-mapping, technology and wider cultural industries, WhAT articulates the challenges and opportunities that artists and cultural managers face in this landscape in advancing new methods on designing cultural projects.
Where ART Thou? is a program of Rezidenta BRD Scena9 developed in partnership with Amural Festival and Simultan Festival funded through Fundatia9 and EUNIC network in Bucharest. With the support of the Embassy of Sweden in Bucharest.

An event post Simultan Festival 2021 – Unstable State of Things, supported by the Timisoara’s City Hall and Local Council through Centrul de Proiecte.

The presentation will be in English & will also be streamed Live on our Facebook page.