Exploring the transformative power of sound and images, The Pharmacia Poetica demonstrates how the literal becomes the lyrical and in so doing, cures. Like any apothecary, the Pharmacia Poetica offers a mixture of remedies: sound, poetry, metalanguage, images, and objects, the main feature of which is a collection of glass bottles in which the hidden beauty of commonplace objects, suspended in liquid, is revealed.
Inspired by the writing of Paracelsus and Marsilio Ficino, the Pharmacia first appeared in 1987 as an exhibition in a storefront gallery in Hollywood and as a radio play on KPFK in Los Angeles. Since then, Pharmacia Poetica has travelled throughout the United States and Europe, often in collaboration with other visual artists and writers. Liquid Architecture x NOW NOW will present Pharmacia Poetica with musician, writer and artist Megan Clune at 107 Projects for a special performance with footage by Hans Diernberger and Will Saunders that allows the audience to ‘swim’ in a constellation of bottles.
Presented by Liquid Architecture and the NOW Now in association with MOFO 2018.
A Liquid Architecture project curated by Cara Stewart, as part of the NOW Now Festival.collaborators
Anna Homler is a vocal, visual and performance artist based in Los Angeles. Exploring alternative means of communication and the poetics of ordinary objects, Homler sings in a melodic improvised language that is both ancient and contemporary—searching for the symbolic and tonal qualities of words and everyday objects.
Megan Clune shifts between musician, composer and artist. Primarily, her work consists of a dissection of musical elements and contexts through verbal or text-based scores, sound installation and collaboration. Megan has presented work and undertaken residencies across Australia, Europe and North America, including the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Underbelly Arts, Next Wave Festival, Performa 15 and more.
Will Saunders is a British artist working musically in collaborative contexts. As a queer, non-trained musician he studied Sonic Arts at Middlesex University, London and is currently a PhD (music) candidate at Westminster University, London. Through his practice he has worked with many musicians, theatre makers, choreographers and visual artists in the UK, Germany, and worldwide. Saunders also teaches on the BA Filmmaking and MA Experimental Film courses at Kingston University, London. He has had heavy involvement in the UK DIY music scene and this activity influences his practice.
We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the custodians of the land in which this event takes place, and we recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.partners