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Chibeau Works to be Presented in Windsor

Written by Dwight Bachman

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Willimantic, Conn: -- The Windsor Art Center will present the performance writings of Edmond Chibeau, professor of communication at Eastern Connecticut State University, from May 10 to June 21. The exhibition, "Edmond Chibeau, Performance Scripts: The Babbletive & Scribbletive Arts," can be viewed on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. The public is invited. Admission is free.

At Eastern, Chibeau teaches "Scriptwriting" and "History of Communication." As a performance writer, Chibeau does not write novels or short stories, but writes for others to perform.  He writes performance art, which has been presented in art galleries, museums, on stage, on screen and clubs. The show at the Windsor Art Center will have videos, concrete performance written in different media such wood, stone and glass, and performance objects as script and a form of graphic script called "Wordworks."  A series of performances will accompany the show.
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 "Edmond writes about solitude, loneliness, mystical ecstasy," said Amanda Pawlik, director of the Windsor Art Center. "His work is very concerned with interpretation, with performing a written text and the problems of communicating. His video comes from his writing.  It is more about structure than narrative, more process than product, more about intent than result. His work is often abstract.  He believes we are Microchip Aboriginals, living in the Ur Civilization of the Digital Age."

"The quantum space between the zeros and ones of the binary number system creates a new system of communication," Pawlik continued. "In other words, the phonetic alphabet texts us. He says that he is interested in creating what nature creates, not describing what nature has created. As a result, the story is sometimes confusing, but he claims the purpose of his writing is to create world peace."
Chibeau says he is fascinated with the idea that someone else might perform his writing rather than read it quietly in their head.  He enlists the reader not merely to appreciate, but to enact what he writes.  "In my writing for performance, the narrative is often elusive, the structure recombinant.  Since I touch very sensitive places, I try to touch them very gently."
   
Chibeau has been associated with the Rivington Street School and the Fluxus movement through his work with Alison Knowles and John Cage.  His work has been performed at RealArtWays, Lincoln Center in Bruno Walter Hall, The Alternative Museum, Experimental Intermedia Foundation, The Knitting Factory, NoSeNo and The Ear Inn.  He has worked with Kenneth Rexroth, Allen Ginsberg, and Charles Bernstein among others.

The Windsor Art Center is located at 40 Mechanic St. in Windsor. For more information on the exhibition, call (860) 688-2528 or contact  Edmund Chibeau at chibeaue@easternct.edu or Pawlik at amanda@windsorartcenter.org.

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