PHONICA is a Dublin-based performance series rooted in WORD and SOUND, and with an emphasis on multiformity and the experimental. Conceived in January 2016—and directed, programmed and hosted by Christodoulos MAKRIS and Olesya ZDOROVETSKA—PHONICA aims to explore compositional and performative ideas and to encourage a melting pot of audiences and artists from across artforms and borders. It has been in receipt of financial and operational support from the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Poetry Ireland and Smock Alley Theatre, as well as a range of international partners.
(From Sue RAINSFORD’s reading at Phonica: One, 20 January 2016)
After nine iterations, Phonica’s activities have been interrupted by a number of factors, notably the onset of Covid-19. This set of publications on the Hotel Archive offers an opportunity to reflect on the procedural, improvisational, event-specific and provisional aspects of the series, with particular relation to some of the language-based performances and presentations. In these publications, curated for Hotel by MAKRIS, a selection of writers and artists contribute texts and/or audiovisual material presented, connected to, derived from, or developed out of their performances at Phonica.
For a full history of the PHONICA series,
Christodoulos MAKRIS’ most recent book is this is no longer entertainment (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2019). A collaborative project with Kimberly CAMPANELLO is set for publication by Fallow Media as a discrete website in late 2021.