Amaia Urra. “Bla: Coup de dés hasard jamais le n’abolira un”. “The Book to Come”, Session 13.


Using Marcel Broodthaers’ book Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard (1969) as her starting point, Amaia Urra presents a singular reading of texts and interviews with the Belgian artist. 

Words follow one another as in a throw of the dice, forming new combinations and calling up hidden presences in language. “Bla: la lenguage la la Me”, or “Bla: La lectura la la la la”, could also be used as titles for Urra’s session; each title opens up semantic folds that activate new ways of reading Broodthaers aloud.

Amaia Urra (San Sebastian, 1974). Her work focuses on language, the sung/spoken word, and action or the difficulty of naming things. It has been presented in different contexts: Art nomade, rencontre internationale d’art performance de Saugenay (Axeneo7 & SAW Gallery, Gatineau-Otawa), Líneas de acción (Casa Maauad, Mexico DF), In-presentable (Casa Encendida, Madrid) Radiodifusión: Emisión 0 y Emisión 1. by Mugatxoan (MST, San Sebastian), First Thought Best (Artium, Vitoria), Musac, Museo de Arte contemporáneo (Leon), Festival Plastique danse flore (Versailles), Zarata Fest, (Bilbao-Madrid), Tabakalera (San Sebastian), Festival 2D2H (Hendaya), Ecolalias RSS (Reina Sofía Radio, Madrid), and PAF Performing Arts Forum (St.Erme).

From 1999 to 2009, Urra worked with a variety of choreographers including Jérôme Bel, Xavier le Roy, Ion Munduate, Juan Domínguez, Cristina Blanco, and Cuqui y María Jerez. In 1998 she took part in the first Mugotxoan workshop at Arteleku, San Sebastian, and has continued to collaborate with the project.