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Pulverised Palace

Tim Spooner

Image by Tim Spooner

We are inside, in an interior, but the empty space has a certain solidity.

The protocol has been written, but some parts of it have fallen off and got lost somewhere.

Some parts are now dust. But it might be possible to glue some of the dust back together, in the right formation.

It’s a monument, the thing we are inside, a solid monument with no interior.

The Pulverised Palace is inspired by the House of Dust – a vision of the underworld from The Epic of Gilgamesh, a Mesopotamian story of over 4000 years old, recorded in different versions on clay tablets, fragmented, dispersed, later reconstructed. The House of Dust is a place from which there is no return, and the crowns of those who were formerly kings are left in a pile at the door. It is a place where human meaning is lost. Everything here is made of clay and dust, and these too are the food and drink of the inhabitants.

Tim Spooner and Anne Ayçoberry are interested in this neutral place, where everything is equivalent to everything else. Elsewhere, outside, the inhabitants of the world are endlessly building and destroying things. Here, these cycles are a distant memory.

Tim and Anne explore this place using small solid clay urns, and interacting with them in a restricted and shallow space. The Pulverised Palace is another of Tim's pieces in which performance, sculpture and objects are brought together to create a poetic and visual world on stage.

The Pulverised Palace is a co-production between Artsadmin and TJP Centre Dramatique National d’Alsace.


Date and time

22–24 March 2018

Please note
This is now a past event.


TJP Strasbourg
1 rue du pont Saint-Martin