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Review: Tris Vonna-Michell at Cubitt

published on 13 February 2012

SHOWstudio reviews Tris Vonna-Michell's Tall Tales and Short Stories at Cubitt.

SHOWstudio reviews Tris Vonna-Michell's Tall Tales and Short Stories at Cubitt.

Photograph of Act I

Tris Vonna Mitchell, recently graduated from Frankfurt's Stadelschule, uses a contemporary performance spoken word format to deliver his 'tall tales and short stories', in this case a narrative performed in three short acts with visual and object props. A recent review describes:

"The incredible rapidity with which he speaks changes the words and sentences in to a baffling rhythmic and abstract composition. His use of sound reveals how the complex relationship between speech and language balances between order and chaos, illusion and disillusion. His practice is at once structured and spontaneous. Working with a premeditated scenario, Vonna-Michell's performance is influenced by the situation in which he finds himself, and new stories, images and associations come into being."

At Cubitt the light was low, and the room crowded, so the documentation performs more as sound than visuals, but Vonna Mitchell's work embraces the changing situations of linguistic and visual degredation.

Artist:
Tris Vonna-Michell

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