Book Concerto in One Act: for 75 Penguins
Book Concerto in One Act: for 75 Penguins

Book Concerto comprises the entirety of a book’s pages being simultaneously read and then turned to create an ensemble of pages in turn. The book as ‘instrument’ becomes accompanied by an orchestra of performers. The work explores the possibility for a whole novel to be read in the space of five minutes, marked by a strange though poised silence, as the performers engage in a collective public and tacit act of reading. Through an extremely physical though ephemeral manifestation, Book Concerto in one Act makes sculptural an every day object. It also proposes ‘the book’ to be a duration rather than a fixed entity, giving it a dimensionality beyond its physical dimensions. (in honour of Penguin Books’ 75th anniversary)

About Elisabeth S. Clark

British, b. 1983, based in Paris & London

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