Artist Lecture: Paul Elliman
Thursday, December 6, 2012, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
$5 Students, Henry Members, and UW Staff & Faculty
$10 General Audience
Image 1 / 2: Paul Elliman. The smoke of my own breath.
Image 2 / 2: Paul Elliman. Learning language from a wall (January 27, 2012).
Paul Elliman is a London based artist whose work explores the reciprocal impact of language and the urban environment. Known for his work with a found typography of objects and industrial debris, he also follows the human voice through many of its social and technological guises, often imitating other languages and sounds of the city. For the New York biennial Performa 09, his project Sirens Taken for Wonders involved a live radio panel discussion on the coded language of emergency vehicle sirens, along with several guided siren-walks through parts of Manhattan. During 2010 he contributed a series of whistled versions of bird song transcriptions by the composer Olivier Messiaen for the show We Were Exuberant and Still Had Hope, at Marres Centre for Contemporary Art, Maastricht. More recently he participated in the exhibition ‘Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language’, curated by Laura Hoptman at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012.