ephemeropteræ 2015/08 – Emily Royston | Thomas Raab

Emily Roysdon is engaged in a series of live events that jump out from her text “Uncounted". Over the past few months collaborators have included Gregg Bordowitz, Sharon Hayes, JD Samson, Nick Hallett, Malin Arnell, MPA, Katinka Marac, Rory Pilgrim, and Frederique Bergholtz. For this event she has invited Morgan Bassichis to join her. “UNCOUNTED (performance 5)” deals with fabrication of time “beyond the will to measure” (to quote one of the roots of Emilys text—Gertrude Stein). Roysdon meditates over movements and images, shapes (triangles and waves) and different modes of its performativity. Roysdon asks around: “What is time if not activism?”

“UNCOUNTED (performance 5)” is linked to Roysdons Wiener Secession exhibition “Comedy of Margin Theatre” (opening September 10) and will make use of the costumes on display there. This event is made in kind cooperation with Wiener Secession.


Emily Roysdon is a New York and Stockholm-based artist and writer. Her working method is interdisciplinary and recent projects take the form of performance, photographic installations, print making, text, video, curating and collaborating. Roysdon developed the concept "ecstatic resistance" to talk about the impossible and imaginary in politics. The concept debuted with simultaneous shows at Grand Arts in Kansas City, and X Initiative in New York. She is editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective, LTTR. Her many collaborations include costume design for choreographers Levi Gonzalez, Vannesa Anspaugh and Faye Driscoll, as well as lyric writing for The Knife, and Brooklyn based JD Samson & MEN.
Recent solo projects include commissions from Tate Modern, London; Secession, Vienna; PARTICIPANT, INC (NY); If I Can't Dance and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The Kitchen (NY)…. Roysdon's work has been exhibited at the MOMA and MoMA PS1 (NY); the Whitney Museum (NY); Moderna Museet (Malmö); Sydney Biennale; New Museum (NY); ICA (Boston); Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Power Plant, Toronto; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. In 2012 Roysdon was a finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize, exhibiting in Kiev and the Venice Biennale.


Morgan Bassichis is a writer and performer living in New York. Morgan has performed at Artists Space, Dixon Place, La MaMa E.TC., PARTICIPANT INC, Recess, the Shandaken Project, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Morgan's plays include When the Baba Yaga Eats You Alive and The Witch House. Morgan's essays have appeared in the Radical History Review, Captive Genders, and other edited volumes. Morgan is a 2014-2015 Queer/Art/Mentorship fellow and a 2015 Process Space Artist with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. 


Yes or no? The Network Orange is a science fiction novel about a computer-maintained society in 2025, but also a defensive response of its author against the already factual complacency in today’s social segments. Finally, it’s done: We are more predictable than ever before and, at the same time, feel more as individuals as ever before! But will a society consisting of partitioned-off groups, the contact of which regularly leads to tribal mistrust and hatred, survive the coming crises? The Network Orange is the first utopian novel renouncing the principle of political “evil”. Bolstered by statistical forecasting even the eternal stupidity of mankind here nourishes fine entertainment. Yes or no?

Thomas Raab lives as an author and translator with a scientific background in Vienna. Books: Verhalten (Behavior, a novel, Cologne 2002), Nachbrenner (Afterburner, essays, Frankfurt 2006), Avantgarde-Routine (an essay, Berlin 2008), Die Netzwerk-Orange (The Network Orange, novel, Vienna 2015), Selbstbeobachtung (Introspection, edited volume on the psychology of thought, Berlin 2015)

September 11, 2015, 7 PM
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A