Tomorrow evening I’m at the David Roberts Art Foundation with antepress, where we’ll be performing a new piece of work about ekphrasis. You can define ekphrasis in many ways, some of which we’ll try out tomorrow, but broadly you might say it’s a rhetorical device in which an unseen object is described.

I’m interested in how instructions and questions can be ekphrastic things. I’ve written before about how the richness of possibility opened by a question can be truncated and flattened by its answer, and more recently I’ve been working with an equivalent problem in the instructional form: that to fulfil an instruction is to close down its potential for activity. On this basis, I want to think about how ekphrastic gestures can contain their own object and thus maintain their bright mess of potential.

That’s the plan. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow night. Our performance is part of a programme of evening events accompnaying Shiiin, Jet Stream, White Earphones, a solo exhibition of continually changing work by Damien Roach. More details below.

The David Roberts Art Foundation Fitzrovia


15.01.2010 – 06.03.2010
With his new installation, Damien Roach turns the Foundation into an immersive lounge/garden, a production unit housing lectures, live music and screenings.
Damien Roach, ‘Untitled proposition (JF/B)’, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf.

Saturday 16th January, 2.45 pm: Zurich-based curator and critic Burkhard Meltzer will present and discuss his research project Prototype – furniture in and art design.
Wednesday 20th January, 7 pm: Experimental lecture on ‘ekphrasis’ by imprint and project platform antepress, followed by organ music from the Organ Octet.
Wednesday 27th January, 7pm: Screening of excerpts from Fun to Image (1983) a documentary about Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, followed by live music and projections by band Hype Williams.
Saturday 30th January, 1 pm: Charlie Woolley will transmit his radio station RADIO SHOW live from the gallery, joined by curator Paul Pieroni.
Wednesday 3rd February, 7 pm: Sebastian Boyle introduces an evening of live projections and films related to the seminal event Son et Lumiere for Earth, Fire and Water by Mark Boyle and Joan Hills from 1966.
Saturday 6th February, 2.45 pm: Philosopher Sue Golding/Johnny De Philo will plunge the gallery into total pitch-darkness to envelop the space with her live, spoken ‘fractal philosophy installation’ The Assassination of Time.
Wednesday 17th of February, 7 pm: Laura Mulvey will introduce the screening of her and Peter Wollen’s groundbreaking film Riddles of the Sphinx (1977).
Saturday 20th February, 2.45 pm: Psychoanalyst Noga Wine will present the lecture The Drive and  the Unconscious: two psychoanalytic concepts, which sustain the dimensions of time and space.
Wednesday 24th February,  7 pm: Live music performances by bands Temperatures and Sculpture close the events programme.

For further information, please check:

Shiiin, Jet Stream, White earphones is supported by MOROSO, London.
Media partner this is tomorrow

The Foundation would also like to thank Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf for their support and assistance.

The David Roberts Art Foundation is a registered charity and is proudly supported by the Edinburgh House Estates group of companies.

David Roberts Art Foundation Fitzrovia
111 Great Titchfield Street
London W1W 6RY

Opening times:
Tuesday to Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 11am – 4pm
(Nearest tube: Oxford Circus/GreatPortland Street)