A reconstruction of one day
A reproduction of language
A recycling of James Joyce’s Ulysses
Based on the pivotal novel Ulysses (1922) by James Joyce, Today Is The Day is a performance piece that takes place within an immersive installation. With a typewriter situated in the middle of the space, audience members are invited to take part by typing their thoughts, the sound of which is echoed in the sound score. Language is animated in filmic projections and printed on pieces of paper that are strewn across the floor; it acts as a catalyst to find meaning, but never imposes a particular view. As Joyce stylistically experimented with his stream of conscious, the emphasis of the piece lies on the process of creation. His modernist exploration of the everyday, the mundane, and the trivial, are taken off the pages of Ulysses and propelled into a live experience.
Today Is The Day is an open-ended conversation, in which recurring elements allow for unique connections to be made. Viewers have described it as ‘challenging’, ‘puzzling’ and ‘thought-provoking’. Joyce’s questioning of the existential nature of time and space is placed in a three-dimensional, contemporary format, and thereby made accessible to all.
‘What stands out most is the moments of stillness punctuating these frantic motifs, captured glimpses of humanity and wandering thought we can all relate to in our daily lives. There is something inherently calming about watching Ian’s choices play out before us, something cathartic about accepting the reality of boredom in life. In her exploration of the novel, Beatrix’s success is in her ability to abstract and reshape ideas from James Joyce’s Ulysses into something tangible that we not only witness, but become part of.’
Concept & Installation: Beatrix Joyce
Performance: Ian McCarthy
Video & Projections: Beatrix Joyce & Bartholomew Joyce
‘Today Is The Day’ was presented at:
artFix in the Soho gallery space of 27 Peter Street, London, 29 & 30 January 2015
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Independent Project, 29 May 2014