Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim

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  1. Dada Manifesto

The manifesto, the text, on an A4-page, is cut into one long strip to fit a music box and then spliced with tape. Two versions are made: the first copy of the manifesto is cut horizontally into a strip of paper, and the second copy is cut vertically, so the manifesto is basically scanned from top to bottom (Track: Dada Manifesto Vertically) and from left to right (Track: Dada Manifesto Horizontally). The letters D and A in the text are then punctuated, so the absence of D and A (..DADA), is what you hear being played.

The Dada Manifesto encourages poets to stop writing with words, but rather write the word itself, and Ball states that: “I shall be reading poems that are meant to dispense with conventional language, no less, and to have done with it”

In this way Dada Manifesto Vertically/Dada Manifesto Horizontally acts in accordance with Ball’s manifesto, using the word construct as the direct source.




Dada Manifesto Vertically, duration: 2:17, format: .mp3


Dada Manifesto Horizontally, duration: 2:01 min, format: .mp3


  1. The Great Treatise

Inspiring intellectuals, literary and cultural figures in the West for decades, The I-Ching, also known as The Book of Changes, is an ancient Chinese divination manual mostly consisting of cryptic statements linked to 64 hexagrams as guidelines for life. Heavily influenced by this system, composer John Cage used it to introduce indeterminacy in music.

The Great Treatise is a text-to-score translation of one page of The I-Ching, leaving out the divinity and treating the text and the letters as a notational possibility.


The Great Treatise (pdf)


Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim (b.1981, Norway) is a visual artist, conceptual poet and composer currently working with the translation between visual and auditive systems, concrete poetry and the concept of isomorphia. Previous shows, screenings and publications include Hayward publishing/Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), Matrix Magazine (Montreal, Canada), Alpineum Produzentengalerie (Luzern, Switzerland) and UBUweb.