Festival Belluard Bollwerk International


Episcopi Vagantes James Joyce


The Joycean Society (2013)

Film (in English, avec sous-titres en français à 18h, 20h et 22h / mit deutschen Untertiteln um 19, 21 und 23 Uhr) 

A group of people have been reading Finnegans Wake together for thirty years. They have been reading it again and again, with each journey from the first to the last page taking eleven years. Once they reach the last word, a very enigmatic «the,» they begin again with the first word, «riverrun». The text appears inexhaustible, its interpretation endless, the inconclusive nature of the reading exciting. The world seems to cease existing outside this reading room or, perhaps, it exists because of it.


Writing for the Second Time through Finnegans Wake (1978)

Video (in English)

Roaratorio: An Irish Circus on Finnegans Wake (1979)

Audio recording

This double bill of a mesmerizing black and white recording of John Cage’s live text performance Writing for the Second Time through Finnegans Wake and an audio recording of Rotaratorio, originally composed for a Merce Cunningham dance work of the same name, reveals Cage’s fascination with the work of the Irish literary icon James Joyce. 

Vernissage: Thu 26.6. |
18:00 – 19:30

Exhibition: Video – Archive – Recording
  • Thu 26.6. 18:00 - Sat 5.7. 00:00

    (Closed on Monday)

  • Free

The Joycean Society
 (2013) by Dora Garcia – 
Camera: Arturo Solis; Editing: Dora Garcia & Inneke Van Waeyenberghe; Editing assistant: Thomas Depas; Music: Jan Mech; With: Fritz Senn, Sabrina Alonso, Ron Ewart, Tad Lauer, Hansruedi Isler M.D., Mary Moore, Seamus Hughes, Janos Biro, Walter Albrecht, Andrea Matha, Marc Emmenegger, Gabi Schneider, Sylvia Herzig, Andreas Flückiger, Dora García, Jan Mech & Geert Lernout; Sound recording & editing: Laszlo Umbreit; Sound mixing: Christophe Deramaix; Color grading: Fairuz; commissioned by: Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco, XLVème Prix International d’Art Contemporain; produced by: Auguste Ort; with the support of: the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Atelier Graphoui, LUCA Sint-Lukas Brussel & Argos, Centre for Art & Media.

Writing for the Second Time through Finnegans Wake
(1978) by John Cage
 – Thanks to Michael Katchen, Martha Wilson and Harley Spiller at Franklin Furnace for the free use of the Writing for the second time through Finnegans Wake videorecording.

Roaratorio: An Irish Circus on Finnegans Wake
by John Cage – Produced in 1979 by the WDR Köln, SRF Stuttgart, KRO Hilversum, realised by John Cage, John David Fullemann, technical assistance ICRAM Paris, assistant Peter Behrendsen.

© Dora Garcia