Goodbye Language

June 24th, 20.00, Atelier 35 – Exhibition Opening: Zbyněk Baladrán, Alina Popa, Irina Gheorghe, Tomáš Svoboda;

June 25th, 19.00, Atelier 35 – Performance: Adriana Gheorghe;

June 26th, 18.00, Salonul de Proiecte: Lecture by Marcus Steinweg.

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photo credit: film still Goodbye to Language, by Jean Luc Godard.

In their work Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari ask themselves how to become a nomad in your own language. Kafka answers: “steal the baby from its crib, walk the tightrope.”

Atelier 35 (Larisa Crunțeanu and Xandra Popescu) in collaboration with the Czech Center in Bucharest (Frantisek Zachoval) present Goodbye Language, an “anti­-showcase ­show” bringing together artists: Zbyněk Baladrán, Adriana Gheorghe, Irina Gheorghe, Alina Popa, Marcus Steinweg and Tomáš Svoboda.

Acknowledging the tension between art and culture and the increasing pressure upon artists to fulfil a representational role, Goodbye Language tries to create a space of resistance through formlessness and imprecision.

In terms of method, Goodbye Language questions the relationship between art and philosophy. Contemporary art often works in the company of philosophical texts by illustrating and sometimes by advancing theoretical proposals. Goodbye Language tries to open up a dialogue about other modes of working in the company of philosophy, moving beyond the level of illustration.


În 1933, while studying in Berlin, Emil Cioran was contaminated by the revolutionary spirit of the times. In his correspondence with the journal Vremea, he frequently adopted a pro-Nazi position.

Back in Romania, through the passionate divagations which compose The Transfiguration of Romania, Emil Cioran produced one of his most invoked concepts: the idea of a “minor culture” suffering from anonymity and inferiority complexes. A year later he moved to Paris, where he was to live and work for the rest of his life, thus becoming a nomad in a major language, which became his writing language.

Forty years later and almost in a parallel reality, in the manifesto Kafka. Toward a Minor Literature, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari use the notion of “minor” in a completely different sense. “A minor literature” became something to be desired, almost an imperative in the construction of other types of community and consciousness. They defined it as the deterritorialization of language, the fact of writing in a major language from a marginal position, the connection of subjectivity to a political immediacy, and the collective assemblage of enunciation.

Goodbye Language builds on the question: what can a minor practice mean in the context of contemporary art?

On the second day after the opening of the exhibition, Atelier 35 presents the performance of Adriana Gheorghe, Dance That Comes From the Mouth. In her practice, Adriana Gheorghe uses language in an atmospheric manner, in deviation from attitude and body, blurring the contours of her subjectivity. Language as a choreographic instrument for a work which occurs in negotiation between the visible and the imaginary.

On the third day after the opening, in the space of Salonul de Proiecte, Atelier 35 organizes a talk by philosopher Marcus Steinweg, editor of the journalInaesthetics. Marcus Steinweg will problematize the relationship between art and philosophy as autonomous subjects.

This project is made possible with the support of the Czech Center in Bucharest, Goethe-Institut Bucharest and Salonul de Proiecte/Anexa MNAC.