EOLITHS
perfomance lecture 2018

For about 7 years now, I’ve been fascinated by eoliths (eos + lith, dawn + stone). These battered and chipped flint stones were once thought to be the oldest stone tools used by ancient human hands. Although they are now known to be just a bunch of rocks and tell us nothing about prehistoric humans, the eoliths tell us much about the late 19th century mind, particularly in England where the eolith debate became a story of class, amateurism and the budding fields of geology and anthropology.

I’ve been visiting institutions in the US and England that kept their eolith collections. Thanks to the Maidstone Museum in Kent; Jeremy Coote and the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. I spent much time with archeologist Angela Muthana whose knowledge and humor is very much present in my performance lecture Eoliths.

Eoliths was performed at The Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris, Mount Tremper Arts in Phoenicia, New York and at Bureau in New York.

Part of the eoliths narrative will find it’s way into Gyres 4: Epitaphs. The performance will premiere at Mount Tremper Arts on October 8, 2019.

Here's an interview with scientist Violaine Sautter and myself on our shared Nomadic Nights at The Cartier Foundation in Paris.

   Eolith, Maidstone Museum, Kent    performance still Fondation Cartier