In alchemy, the symbol of Mercury represents the fluid relationship from the high to the low. As one of the few metals that exists in a liquid state at room temperature, Mercury is mesmerizing to watch, almost unreal, surreal in its movement and state of flux. Its poisonous qualities were only fully recognized after the 1950s, until then we stared in awe.
Join us Sunday, November 1st for VERSO / volume 2, number two, 'Mercury'. VERSO / is a monthly literary journal of our city's and our world's best editors, writers, and thinkers, in live-form poems, stories, essays, interviews, reviews, and more. Volume 2 turns its symbolic lens to 'terra firma' through pre-18th century alchemical symbols.
'Mercury' is curated by Versal art editor Margarita Osipian, a Belarusian born, Canadian raised artist, researcher, and curator living and working in Amsterdam. The evening will feature a reading by New York based poet Megan Fernandes, writer Isabel Fargo Cole will present her translation of Wolfgang Hilbig's 'The Sleep of the Righteous', multidisciplinary artist Kim Dijkstra will narrate a new Greek myth layered on top of moving image, and visual artist Annika Kappner will share her mesmerizing paintings with us.
Doors open at 7pm. Entrance is 5 euros*. Cash only!
The Semaphore Bookstore will be open from 7-10pm, featuring a range of local authors' books, second-hand treasures, and Versal. Copies of Isabel's translation of 'The Sleep of the Righteous' will be on sale at the show for only €12!
Read more details about the event here!