Revised Dictionary Supplement: a lecture performance

Mark Leahy, ‘draped hands’ (2018), collage on card

  • The House Theatre, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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Using projected images, recorded audio and live action, this performance examines the making of a text and presents different ways of bringing it before an audience.

Revised Dictionary Supplement began as a response to artist and designer, Bruno Munari’s Supplemento al dizionario italiano (1963); a ‘supplement’ of Italian phrases where facial expression or other gestures were used.

Mark Leahy’s writing started as a homophonic translation, reacting to Munari’s multilingual notes and photographs of the gestures. Suggestions of equivalence and divergence, of substitution and displacement, directed the sounding of the text. Revision of this translation was guided by the secrecy, social conformity, and physical tension reflected in the gestural system. A set of photo-collages were produced as a parallel response and these provide prompts for the visual and physical elements of the live event.

Mark is a writer and artist using textual, vocal and sound practices and performance, and an Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business.

‘revised dictionary supplement’  was published in At Sounds Like: 3 Projects (if p then q books, 2021).

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Date: Tuesday 15 February 2022
Time: 19:30–20:30
Venue: The House Theatre, University of Plymouth
Ticket information: free admission

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