For her first solo exhibition in Austria, Every Ocean Hughes (EOH) developed a scenic environment whose character is deliberately left undefined, somewhere between installation art, stage setting, and performance space. Its conceptual point of departure is EOH’s essay “Uncounted,” which develops a vocabulary around the artist’s ideas on performance and time. Divided into 23 short sections, it collages quotes, poetic digressions, and philosophical meditations to chart her thoughts on time, theater, performance, hierarchies, resistance, and emancipatory practices. Over time, the artist found that the text evolved into a sort of script. For the show, EOH focused her attention on three poetic phrases articulated in the text: “aliveness trespasses, it doesn’t know it’s marginal;” “to perform as an unsolved problem;” and “a structure to be alive inside.”

Comedy of Margin Theatre, 2015. Laser jet prints, paint, handmade clocks, and costumes; dimensions variable. Secession, Vienna.

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