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Rice and Celery (Tonglen)

Abstract

Berenice is the name of the last of fifty five imaginary cities that Marco Polo describes to Kublai Khan. These descriptions and further dialogues between Marco and the Khan constitute the substance of Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities.” The just in Berenice constitute a secret society, recognizing each other through the pronunciation of certain words (especially commas, parenthesis and the space between things) and through their simple diet of broad beans, zucchini flowers, rice and soup. In recent projects I have been examining the idea that evidence of the existence of a single and independent fixed self cannot seem to be found. Here I will briefly describe a recent two part project at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Melbourne, titled “A Second Simplicity,” and then contextualise this project within the Calvino story.

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