Turner Contemporary , 17 November 2019

The Turner Prize | Tai Shani | DC: Semiramis

DC: Semiramis is an epic and episodic project that has come to define the last five years of Shani’s practice. A series of works with interlinked stories and mythologies, DC envisions a world neither completely divorced from our own, nor tied to our own history, or our future.

Tai Shani creates a large-scale immersive installation that also functions as a site for performance. The work is an experimental adaptation of Christine de Pizan’s 1405 proto-feminist text The Book of the City of Ladies.

Twelve performers play characters, including The Neanderthal Hermaphrodite, The Medieval Mystic, The Vampyre, Phantasmagoregasm, and Paradise to create a 12 part performance series, depicting an allegorical city of women, a space to imagine an alternative history which privileges, sensation, experience and interiority, undermining patriarchal conceptions of narrative history to propose a possible post-patriarchal future.

Each episode focuses on one of the characters and is delivered through prose monologues which are violent, erotic and filled with fantastical images that re-imagine a world complete with interlinked cosmologies, myth and histories.

Drawing on multiple reference points including feminist science fiction, post-modern architecture, and feminist and queer theory, this is Shani’s most ambitious and multi-layered work to date and includes an original score by ‘Let’s Eat Grandma’.

The streamed episode is DC: Paradise from staged within Shani’s installation as part of the Turner Prize exhibition.

DC: Semiramis contains nudity, explicit language of a sexual and violent nature not suitable for under 18s

Schedule

  • Sat 19 June 2021

    Serpentine / Back to Earth Day 2021

    Back to Earth, Serpentine’s long-term project dedicated to the environment and the climate emergency presents a day-long programme of talks, workshops, sound commissions, augmented reality and publications.

    2-2: 30pm: CLIMAVORE, a conversation Serpentine Pavilion & online Booking required via Eventbrite. Booking required via Eventbrite. A conversation with artists Rudy Loewe and Jacob V Joyce, creators of POWER PACK: Climate Emergency, a toolkit for young people that platforms BIPOC young climate activists. Copies of POWER PACK: Climate Emergency will be available to audiences throughout the day.

    A conversation with spatial practitioners Cooking Sections on their long-term project, CLIMAVORE and their Back to Earth initiative, moderated by Lucia Pietroiusti, Serpentine Curator of General Ecology.

    3:-3:30pm: POWER PACK: Climate Emergency, a conversation Serpentine Pavilion & online

    A conversation with artists Rudy Loewe and Jacob V Joyce, creators of POWER PACK: Climate Emergency, a toolkit for young people that platforms BIPOC young climate activists. Copies of POWER PACK: Climate Emergency will be available to audiences throughout the day. Serpentine Pavilion & online A panel on Back to Earth initiatives, as well as the role of art towards the environmental effort. Participants include artists Torkwase Dyson, Brian Eno, and more to be confirmed. Moderated by Serpentine Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist.

    4-5pm: Back to Earth, a conversation Booking required via Eventbrite.

    A panel on Back to Earth initiatives, as well as the role of art towards the environmental effort. Participants include artists Torkwase Dyson, Brian Eno, and more to be confirmed. Moderated by Serpentine Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist.
    Serpentine Pavilion & online 140 Artists’ Ideas for Planet Earth: Book launch of the first Back to Earth publication in collaboration with Penguin, featuring selected contributors from the book to share instructions, invitations, rituals and gestures. This event is presented in collaboration with Dazed.

    6-7pm: 140 Artists’ Ideas for Planet Earth, book launch Booking required via Eventbrite.

    140 Artists’ Ideas for Planet Earth: Book launch of the first Back to Earth publication in collaboration with Penguin, featuring selected contributors from the book to share instructions, invitations, rituals and gestures. This event is presented in collaboration with Dazed.