The Oracle Club
Reading from Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way
Friday, February 14,
2014, 8–10:30 pm
The Oracle Club was an intimate and meditative evening event within the context the exhibition Heart Ferment. Tee’s handwoven and brightly colored Violamine Crystalline Floorpieces saw their metaphoric potential as vessels fulfilled by serving as the setting for an informal reading. As audience members reclined on the color segments of the floorpieces, five selected readers read aloud from Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way. Published a little over a hundred years ago, it was the first volume of what was to become his seven-volume masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time (1913-1927). While the narrator in Swann’s Way attempts to recapture and understand his past, the workings of his own consciousness, and one’s individual identity construction, The Oracle Club had more modest aspirations: a unique, contemplative setting and a new way of perceiving what is right in front of us.
“When from a long-distant past nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, still, alone, more fragile, but with more vitality, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping for their moment, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unfaltering, in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection.”