Performance as Publishing

— Ella Finer & Joe Hales

From Gertrude Stein’s ‘Composition as Explanation’

The title comes from Gertrude Stein’s 1925/1926 lecture Composition as Explanation, chosen in part to echo the curious task of writing words to be sounded in the future, but mainly to foreground the notion of a composition as something always in flux, ever-changing through time and form, and happening in the continuous, or what Stein calls the “continuous present”.