The man who am: Basic English performance

Date 22. Februar 2014
Start 20:00 Uhr
End 20:30 Uhr
Event Lecture performance
Place Bornemann Bar
With Momus (musician, Japan)

“Basic English” is a performative lecture in which Momus tells a story of frustration, jealousy and revenge using the basic (and completely inadequate) language endorsed by Australian educator Fred Schonell. As well as being very funny, the performance raises questions about how social power is expressed in linguistic framings, and how we might escape that.

© Momus
© Momus

Nicholas Currie, born in 1960 in Scotland, more popularly known under the artist name Momus (after the Greek god of mockery), is a songwriter, writer, globetrotter and aesthetic provocateur. Since the 1980s he has released around thirty long-playing records on underground labels in the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan, shifting from acoustic ballads to electropop to avant-vaudeville and back again. Apart from cultural journalism for “Wired”, “Vice”, “032C”, “Mousse” and other magazines, Momus has published several books, the most recent being “The Book of Japans” (2011). Momus is credited with coining the post-Warholian motto: “In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen people”. He currently lives in Japan, and is preparing two books for 2014: one in which God uninvents America, the other about a failed author who enters a pact with Satan to foist a deliberately-boring book on the world.
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