Pablo Helguera’s Urÿonstelaii
Governors Island, October 2, 2010
Prologue tours by historical reenactors: 12pm - 4pm
Book signing: 4pm
As part of the closing ceremony of The Sixth Borough art exhibition, Pablo Helguera and No
Longer Empty invite visitors to a special “reenactment” of a heretofore unknown aspect of
In 1660, a mysterious sect of Dutch mystics arrived to an island in the New World with the
objective to create a new society. Their governing principle revolved around the uninterrupted
performance of a single dramatic work in seven tableaux vivants. Invoking alchemical imagery
and hermetic thought, their goal was to arrive to a higher state of being by collectively embodying
the symbolic representation of all of human and divine knowledge. Their experiment, which would
last a century, would test the human boundaries of time, physical endurance, and the commitment
of a society toward an idea. It is through this link that the audience will be reconnected to the original historical roots of the island, through the eyes of 16th Century Dutch Settlers.
Uryonstelaii is a project consisting of two complementary components: a book and a one-time
only series of performed prologue tours delivered by historical reenactors. The contents of the
performed prologue will not be included in the publication and vice versa.
RSVP is recommended at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special thanks to the “Bats” of The Flea Theater and Jorge Pinto Books. Books available at
event and online.
All history threads between what was and what could have been; all art threads between what
is and what could be. In Urÿonstelaii, Pablo Helguera tugs at these threads, unraveling,
reweaving, embroidering. The result is a strange and at times poignant tapestry of the possible,
the dreamt, the present, and the lost.
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