The sixth season debuts on June 2, 2017 at 7pm with performances by Jana Winderen and Em’kal Eyongakpa to coincide with the opening of TIDALECTICS at TBA21–Augarten, Vienna

EPHEMEROPTERÆ, TBA21’s annual spoken-word performance series held since 2012 in the Augarten Park brings together, artists, poets, musicians, scientists, architects, and philosophers to explore the rich traditions and evanescent articulations of poetry, literature, theory, performance, and language-based artistic practice. These unique, open-air acts complement TBA21’s exhibitions and are based on forms of “staged knowledge” or “performative rhetoric”, embodied forms of discourse and articulation, which create spaces of imagination and inspiration.EPHEMEROPTERÆ offers an arena dedicated to the nature and the experience of oral and performative practices and reveals itself as a potent and thought-provoking site of contemporary expression. 

The sixth season of EPHEMEROPTERÆ accompanies the exhibition TIDALECTICS, which proposes a new mode of commitment to the oceans, a mode coming from the seas themselves, focusing on the poetic, mythical, spiritual, and solidary dimensions of the oceans. TIDALECTICSis a term coined by the celebrated poet-historian Kamau Brathwaite and the exhibition features works that have come about as a result of the TBA21–Academy and its ground-breaking research and exploration trips, as well as other works by artists whose practice is profoundly dedicated to the oceans. 

The sixth edition of EPHEMEROPTERÆ accompanies and complements these ideas by engaging with themes related to the oceans, deep ecologies, and ecofeminisms, with oceanic sciences, ecopedagogy, aquatic soundscapes, and speculative poetics. Participants in the 2017 season include: Ursula Biemann, Benjamin Bratton, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Warwick Fox, Ellie Ga, David Gruber, Florian Hecker, David Horvitz, Joan Jonas, Hilary Koob Sassen, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jonathan Ledgard, Chus Martinez, Nicola Masciandaro, Astrida Neimanis, Trevor Paglen, Josef Penninger, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Markus Reymann, Nainoa Thompson, Janaina Tschäpe, Jana Winderen, Susanne M. Winterling, and Peter Zinovieff.

Offered free of charge, the individual 40 to 60-minute live-acts are diverse in both content and form, and are repeated on a weekly basis throughout the summer from June to September (with a summer break between July 15–August 24).

Presented in the open air, under a canopy of trees, EPHEMEROPTERÆ takes place on a stage structure designed by the London-based architect David Adjaye. The stage consists of a trapezoidal prism made of timber slats, which frames the view of the surrounding park and references, poignantly, the proscenium of classic theater. 

EPHEMEROPTERÆ 2017 is curated by Daniela Zyman and Boris Ondreička with Stefanie Hessler and Markus Reymann.

Please note that the program is subject to change, please confirm dates at Performances begin at 7 pm and take place on Fridays from June to September in the TBA21–Augarten.

June 2 
Jana Winderen / Em’kal Eyongakpa

June 9 
Jonathan Ledgard / Trevor Paglen 

June 16 
Josef Penninger / Markus Reymann / Peter Zinovieff 

June 23 
Joan Jonas / Nicola Masciandaro 

June 30 
Hilary Koob Sassen / Chus Martinez  

July 7 
Ellie Ga / Astrida Neimanis 

July 14 
Benjamin Bratton / Florian Hecker 

August 25 
Warwick Fox / David Horvitz 

September 1 
Ursula Biemann / Nainoa Thompson 

September 8 
Elizabeth A. Povinelli / Susanne M. Winterling  

September 15 
David Gruber / Linton Kwesi Johnson / Janaina Tschäpe 

Founded in 2002 by Francesca von Habsburg in Vienna, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary represents the fourth generation of the Thyssen family’s commitment to the arts. TBA21’s unique collection is the result of its ongoing commitment to commissioning and disseminating multidisciplinary art projects that defy traditional categorisation, including large scale installations, sound compositions, endurance performances, and contemporary architecture. Since the foundation believes that art has the capacity to be a transformational force, it explores new modes of presentation that are intended to provoke and inspire change.


Upcoming exhibition

June 2–November 19, 2017
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1a, 1020 Vienna, Austria
Wednesday and Thursday 12–5 pm
Friday to Sunday 12–7 pm
Closed on Monday and Tuesday
Free admission