APHIDS END OF YEAR SOIREES
A PERFECT DAY
Over the last couple of years APHIDS have investigated work and labour across a suite of projects. In December we present two special events to cap off this program, DESTINY, and A Perfect Day. On the 2nd we invited artist Catherine Ryan to deliver a performance lecture looking at notions of time and productivity in pop music.
“Time is an invention and nothing else.” — Henri Bergson
“At five I must have left, there’s no exception to the rule
A matter of routine, I’ve done it ever since I finished school” – ABBA
A Perfect Day is an experimental performance lecture and guided listening tour through “pop song schedules” – songs in which the singer lists everything they do in a day. The work uses tunes by artists such as ABBA, Sheena Easton and the Pet Shop Boys to explore how the pressure to be productive determines the rhythm of our existence under contemporary capitalism. Bringing together performative musicology and critical theory, Ryan asks what types of time are available to us. How do structures of insecure employment and atomisation shape our lives? Is the perfect day a productive one? The performance includes discussion of themes of regularity, labour and regimentation, a projected presentation of audiovisual pop song samples and numerous low-brow musical interludes.