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The Eterphilous Society

Emma Smith

7.30pm. £5.

The Eterphilous Society (T.E.S) invites you to an intimate evening and performance work by artist Emma Smith in collaboration with curator Lucia Garavaglia.

The Eterphilous Society was founded in 2013 to study the discipline of Eterphilogy: the study of intimacy. This performance work brings together research into the space of co-existence between people looking in particular at the history of confession as a public act between friends. Borrowing from the history of myth, oaths and formulations in auricular confession and legal counts of the middle ages, T.E.S invites the public into a story telling game of confession.

You are invited to join artist Emma Smith in the activation of a story telling table, with objects used as part of a confessional game. As you move objects around the table a collective story is built through which people can confess. Using mythology and story telling the work seeks to remove the modern attachments of sin and judgement from the act of confession and return it to it's original functions as speculative narrative and exchange between friends.

Inspired by two secret collections; the Witt Collection at the British Museum and the Gabinetto Segreto at the Museum of Naples, The Eterphilous Society takes it’s name from an evolution of Old Irish, a cognate of Latin and Sanskrit and meaning the inter-relation of love.

The performance work is being developed following a series of intimate gatherings to explore the private and invisible language of intimacy, hosted by T.E.S. between June and October 2013.


Date and time

21 November 2013

Please note
This is now a past event.


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London, E1 6AB
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