Grace Weir
Dialogue concerning the two chief world systems
2012, Performance event

Performance of sections of Galileo's book Dialogue concerning the two chief world systems, selected in response to four artworks in Gracelands, a one night event. Galileo's Dialogue, presented as a play, proved for the first time that the earth moves around the sun. Three actors, dispersed in the crowd stage the argument for the opposing world systems, aligning the discourse in relation to another world and time again.

Galileo’s 'Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems', published in Florence in 1632, took the form of a dialogue between three speakers to demonstrate the truth of the Copernican system over the Ptolemaic one, proving for the first time that the earth revolves around the sun. Galileo made a conscious decision to publish it in Italian,as opposed to Latin in order to reach a wider audience. As a result, Galileo was accused of heresy and brought to trial before the Inquisition. He was placed under house arrest until his death eight years later. The book remained on the Index of Forbidden Books for over 200 years until 1835.

Performed at Circling the Square, Gracelands at EVA International, After the Future, 2012
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