The Eterphilous Society 

7. Jun - 7. Jun 14 / ended October Gallery

£5- £25 (dependent on ticket type)

Starts at 12pm, ends at 8.30pm

Event | Performance | London

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Confessions & Confidentiality... Is that too intimate?

Through a process of talks, discussions and confessional game we will interrogate intimacy and its relationship to truth, myth making and performance. Using October Gallery’s internal & external, private & public spaces, you are invited to trace the tension between the hidden and the revealed.

Artist Emma Smith (Camden Arts Centre, Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Modern, Arnolfini) and Curator Lucia Garavaglia perform an act of alchemy bringing together art, literature, science of the mind, and storytelling in a continuation of their research project The Eterphilous Society: the study of intimacy. They welcome you to join them for a day of sharing and investigation at a gathering of The Eterphilous Society.

The Eterphilous Society (T.E.S) is dedicated to the public exchange of knowledge of the intimate. T.E.S is an art project by artist Emma Smith and curator Lucia Garavaglia to research the discipline of eterphilogy: the study of intimacy. T.E.S. produces research, performance and programmes of seminars and workshops. Looking at storytelling, myth and oral traditions, T.E.S. investigates the evolution of the notion of intimacy in contemporary culture operating through collaboration and participation.

Guest Speakers will include Barry Mason, Family & Systemic Psychotherapist and former director of the Institute of Family Therapy and Clare Foster who has worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles and practices and teaches writing, performance and film (Cambridge, Harvard, UCLA and UCL).

12.30pm-1.30pm Reading group
1.30pm-2.30pm Lunch
2.30pm-5.30pm Film Screening & Talks
5.30pm-8.30pm Performance of The Eterphilous Game & live
music by The Yuya and Dan Korn

The Eterphilous Game
“You are invited to join artist Emma Smith in the activation of a story telling table, with objects used as part of a confessional game. As you move objects around the table a collective story is built through which people can confess. Using mythology and story telling the work seeks to remove the modern attachments of sin and judgment from the act of confession and return it to its original functions as speculative narrative and exchange between friends.”- Arts Admin

Film screenings will explore how truth is told:
How to Tell, UK, 1931 (British Instructional Films Ltd.)
“How to Tell was produced to advise parents on how to equip their children with the truth about reproduction, without the worry of putting the family off their dinner…. This instructional guide employs flashbacks among other techniques to illustrate the importance of relaying facts to children about intimate relations between men and women, the implication being that such discussion may indeed promote better communication between parent and child.”

Texts (reading optional)
Arthur W. Frank, Letting stories breathe: a socio-narratology, 2010
W. Benjamin, The storyteller: Reflections on the work of Nikolai Leskov, 2006.
M. Foucault, Fearless Speech, 2001
Irvin C. Schick, The Erotic Margin, 1999

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