Antonin Artaud: “A Sinister Assassin” and “The Human Face”

Book launch with Stephen Barber and artistic guest contributions

30.09.2023, 19:00
Espace DIAPHANES Berlin, Dresdener Str. 118, 10999 Berlin

Book presentation by Stephen Barber in conversation with Marie Glassl followed by a reading from “The Human Face" and “A Sinister Assassin” from Antonin Artaud and four artistic interventions in relation to Artaud's work:


A virtual video-introduction to “A Sinister Asssassin” by Patti Smith.


Presentation of sound pieces inspired by Artauds writings and notebooks:


“Moonchild” by John Zorn, composed in connection to “A Sinister Assassin.”


“The Last Note of Antonin Artaud,” a sound piece by joerxworx and xian3, directly inspired by Artaud's last notebook.


Screening of “Being and its Fetuses...,” a proposed interpretation of numerous symbols within a single drawing of Antonin Artaud, as well as “Sinister Assassin”—two short films by artist Richard Hawkins created in response to “The Human Face” and “A Sinister Assassin.”


Exhibition opening of several of Richard Hawkins Artaud-inspired ceramics and drawings (in cooperation with Galerie Buchholz), accessible to the audience also after the event.



THe Human Face






Drawing by Antonin Artaud (from the book “The Human Face”)
Film still from the short film by Richard Hawkins
Richard Hawkins, “Ascension of the Shamane,” 2016. Courtesy Richard Hawkins & Galerie Buchholz