Athanasios Argianas sculpture is a work where the physical object is integral to the sung performance. I caught the performance from above and from the balcony of the Barbican Exhibition Halls I had the added advantage of being able to enjoy the shadows drawn by this delicate and sophisticated metal construction and its performers. Later on closer inspection I found that loosely draped over and part of this sculpture was a long chain of flattened gold links, engraved with a poem titled: ‘The length of a Stand of Your Hair, of the Width of Your Arms Unfolded’, the lyrics of which were sung and performed.
Does one ever consider what might be the width of one’s collarbone or the with of one’s shoelace, or a sheet of the wingspan of a plane? I was delighted to be able to follow this performance and read the lyrics on the printed sheet available to visitors. For more about Athanasios Argianas work: http://tetraktysmag.com/2011/02/athanasios-argianas-of-the-length-of-your-arms-unfolded/is
This work can be experienced until 22. May at The Barbican Exhibition featuring Pioneers of the Downtown Scene in 1970 Gordon Matta Clark Laurie Anderson and Trisha Brown. Check out the Program of Events.
I am adding some of the lyric’s by Athanasios Argianas here:
A strand of the width of your arms unfolded, woven to form a sheet. A sheet of the width of the wingspan of a plane, a plane of strands of the width of your arms unfolded, folded to form a cylinder. A sheet shaped into a cylinder with an inside, and an outside. An outside as long as it is inside, an inside much shorter than it’s outside. –To consider a fold; A fold of the width of the cylinder’s diameter, at any point of its length, facing any direction, of any degree, a fold wit ha cut along its crease, a cut as wide as the cylinder’s end, that end now folded in the cut’s opening; with an inside and no outside, just one surface, a single endlessly long strand of the length of your arms, unfolded. The width of your shoelace of the length of your nail, the width of a coral snake unfolded. Of the length of a coral snake, curled up. The width of the wingspan of a finch of the length of a strand of your hair. The width of a finch’s feather the width of a piece of string. Cut at length of its circumference the width of a bedsheet, the length of a bed. A strand of the width of your arms unfolded, woven to form a sheet. A sheet of the width of the wingspan of a plane, a plane of strands of the width of your arms unfolded, folded to form a cylinder. A sheet shaped into a cylinder with an inside, and an outside. An outside as long as it’s inside, an inside much shorter than it’s outside…..