Video: Eulàlia Rovira

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Eulàlia Rovira’s ‘A Knot Which is Not’

Cover Story, March 2021
This video was developed during and departing from the exhibition Things Things Say, and was inspired by the history of the space which hosted it. It comprises a live reading in Catalan by Eulàlia Rovira that was filmed, without the presence of an audience, in the galleries of Fabra i Coats: Contemporary Art Centre of Barcelona immediately following the end of the exhibition and the deinstallation of the works of art.

Drawing on veiled allusions to the works in the ex-exhibition, conversations with Pere Fernàndez Bori from the Friends of Fabra i Coats, along with reference works in the field of knotting, archaeology, linguistics, and feminist philosophy, Eulàlia intertwines two voices and two forms once manufactured at Fabra i Coats: nets and threads. Looking at knots as articulations, where lines of fibres become things with agency and knowledge, A Knot Which is Not is both a reading and a writing of Things Things Say and a story about the objects, words, emotions, and meanings that can be tied and tangled by hands and machines.

The script derives from an experimental essay by Eulàlia which will be included in the forthcoming Things Things Say publication designed by Bendita Gloria. “And she began pulling at the threads, hoping for the same pleasure you get from pulling at the loose threads of a sock. Doing what you know you shouldn’t, but you just can’t help it. You pull and you unravel; you pull again, and it starts to disappear. But she stops halfway through, when half the net and half the thread has been unravelled, without knowing what to call something half done, that is only just.”
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  • COVER STORY – MARCH 2021

    Eulàlia Rovira’s ‘A Knot Which is Not’

    Cover Story, March 2021
    This video was developed during and departing from the exhibition Things Things Say, and was inspired by the history of the space which hosted it. It comprises a live reading in Catalan by Eulàlia Rovira that was filmed, without the presence of an audience, in the galleries of Fabra i Coats: Contemporary Art Centre of Barcelona immediately following the end of the exhibition and the deinstallation of the works of art.

    Drawing on veiled allusions to the works in the ex-exhibition, conversations with Pere Fernàndez Bori from the Friends of Fabra i Coats, along with reference works in the field of knotting, archaeology, linguistics, and feminist philosophy, Eulàlia intertwines two voices and two forms once manufactured at Fabra i Coats: nets and threads. Looking at knots as articulations, where lines of fibres become things with agency and knowledge, A Knot Which is Not is both a reading and a writing of Things Things Say and a story about the objects, words, emotions, and meanings that can be tied and tangled by hands and machines.

    The script derives from an experimental essay by Eulàlia which will be included in the forthcoming Things Things Say publication designed by Bendita Gloria. “And she began pulling at the threads, hoping for the same pleasure you get from pulling at the loose threads of a sock. Doing what you know you shouldn’t, but you just can’t help it. You pull and you unravel; you pull again, and it starts to disappear. But she stops halfway through, when half the net and half the thread has been unravelled, without knowing what to call something half done, that is only just.”
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