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Modern Art Oxford presents the first UK solo exhibition of Eva Kotátková where she proposes a playful and awkward relationship between performance, object, sculpture and installation. A Storyteller's Inadequacy sees a giant speech organ command the space of the Upper Gallery, creating a playground, gym, theatre and circus mixed environment for a group of performers to enact poses and temporary body constellations. The performers interact with an eclectic range of objects in an exploration of the possibilities as well as the limits and barriers in human communication and interaction.

In the Middle Gallery visitors encounter a more intimate performance where an actor in the guise of a professor delivers a lecture that compares traditional forms of storytelling to that of Samuel Becket which 'searches for a narrative form which provides a voice to universal chaos, rather than support the illusion of order'. Exploring philosophical ideas surrounding language and performance, the narrative is based on a script written by Kotátková’s father, Professor of Philosophy at the Charles University in Prague and former visiting scholar in Oxford.

The actor, David Bailey, will perform in the space at 2pm each Saturday

Alex Beech Paulette Mae Brittany Roberts
Marina Collard Rowan Padmore Cait Sweeney
Jane Connelly Minou Polleros Charneh Watson

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