The Symposium central theme is the intra-action between the document and its users.
Slow Bear (acoustic guitar) and I (live poetry reading) will present a series of poems demonstrating how we use poetry and music to document the reality of now.
An extract from the description of the symposium’s theme by the artist Sherwin Kianersi, the organiser of the event.
“Live performance is essentially an ephemeral medium: it involves actions that take place at a specific time. Mostly the artist focuses on her own action, presence, and subjectivity. Performances are almost always presented in public; they are enacted by people (or by machines operated by people); and they are experienced through direct engagement with the performers, to reduce the distance between the performer and the viewer (which usually makes the viewer aware of the change in dynamic and in the aesthetic of the work). Many if not most artists choose to document their performances. Some write chronicles, some create objects to commemorate actions, and some use photographs, audio recordings, video, and other electronic media. Documentation is especially important to performance because of the latter’s ephemeral nature. After the live act is over, what remains for consideration, future study, and historical memory, is the document. Normally, to document an action means to fix it, to arrest it in time”.