Five Senses: a Performative Reading by Travis Jeppesen & Snax

Reading/ Improv Session - 7pm sharp

09.12.2015 7pm

The performance will start at 7pm sharp.
Due to popular demand and the success of last week’s performance, SomoS is pleased to present a reprise of “Five Senses,” – a performative reading by Travis Jeppesen and Snax – as part of the Brian Tennessee Claflin and Greta Frau exhibition “The Five Senses.”

Five Senses is a chapbook, published by Publication Studio on the occasion of the exhibition, featuring five texts by Jeppesen inspired by the videos comprising the installation: Taste, Touch, Sight, Smell, and Hearing. Jeppesen composed the texts using his method of object-oriented writing – writing that enacts a subjective, embodied encounter with and response to art objects. Jeppesen’s texts treat objects as inhabitable. By positioning his own voice within the object, he counters nearly all forms of critical analysis that assume a distance from objects in order to speak about them; as he observes, “Something that is located within an object can never be ‘about’ that object—aboutness is always external.”

The performance of Five Senses will consist of Jeppesen’s live reading of the entire text with live interpretive sound design by Snax.

Signed copies of Five Senses will be available for purchase on the evening and throughout the duration of the exhibition, with 100% of the revenue supporting the Brian Tennessee Claflin Foundation.

Travis Jeppesen
Travis Jeppesen is an American writer and artist based in Berlin and London. His books include Victims, Poems I Wrote While Watching TV, Dicklung & Others, All Fall, and Wolf at the Door. Jeppesen’s most recent novel, The Suiciders, was published by Semiotext(e) in 2013; subsequently, he performed “marathon readings” of the entire novel, lasting eight hours without pause, at the ICA in London and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. That year, Jeppesen received an Arts Writers grant from Creative Capital/the Warhol Foundation for both his art criticism and the creation of object-oriented writing, a metaphysical form of art writing that attempts to channel the inner lives of objects. His first major object-oriented writing project, 16 Sculptures, was published in book format by Publication Studio, featured in the Whitney Biennial as an audio installation, and was the subject of a solo exhibition at Wilkinson Gallery in London in the summer of 2014. He has taught as a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths, Leeds Beckett University, and the Royal College of Art, where he is a PhD candidate in Critical Writing in Art and Design. His writings on art have appeared in numerous monographs and exhibition catalogues, as well as in Artforum, Frieze, and Art in America, among other publications.
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Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Snax, aka Paul Bonomo, has lived, produced and performed in Washington DC, San Francisco, New York and now his current home of Berlin. Along the way, he founded the art rock band, Fagbash, and was one half of pioneering lo-fi hip hop act Bedroom Productions and disco-pop band Captain Comatose. Since moving to Berlin, Snax has released several solo albums, best described musically as electronic soul, and toured with fellow luminaries like Jamie Lidell, Peaches and The Scissor Sisters. After launching his own label Random Records, Snax, under the moniker Tony Amherst, released an album of erotically inspired instrumentals entitled ‘Rush,’ featuring many tracks already produced for gay porn films. The one and only performance of Tony Amherst was at the Exile Gallery, Berlin in summer 2010. In 2014, Snax collaborated with Travis Jeppesen on his spoken word/audio installation project, 16 Sculptures, recording audio and sound design in conjunction with Jeppesen’s literary renderings of art objects. Reflecting on his rich and rewarding career and the myriad creative interactions he’s experienced, Snax founded the House Of Snaxine; dedicating his latest EP Up And Coming Children to them. Currently, Snax is working on a new full length LP set for release in 2016.