‘L’écriture avant la lettre’ presents 26 forms of ‘lecture performance’, in which the interaction between spoken and written language is an important element. The exhibition presents various works such as LPs, photography, texts, publications, installations and videos by national and international participants. With ‘L’écriture avant la lettre’ Alphabetum strives for a transdisciplinary approach. The exhibition presents unknown work by well-known makers such as Walter Benjamin’s lecture on Piet Mondriaan, work by people who have never or hardly been presented in an art context before, such as the English artist and activist Annett Pedretti and her concept of the cybernetics of language and autopoesi. But also contemporary artists, from the Netherlands and abroad, such as Uta Eisenreich, Octavian Esanu, Ryan Gander, Kenneth Goldsmith, Gary Hill, Victorie Hanna, Nicoline van Harskamp, Toine Horvers, Tehching Hsieh, Hedwig Houben, Emily Kocken, Shigeru Matsui, Tine Melzer, Yoko Ono, Annetta Pedretti and The Rodina.
Walter Benjamin ‘Mondrian ’63-’95’ lecture, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana 1986. Photo by Goran Đorđević