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  • Corvid-19 (15 March 2021)
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  • Two crows, La Durée and Lo Dérive begin a corvidspondence across the ruins.

    Four-Second Decay, founded by Matthew Fink and P. A. Skantze, is a performance group made of two that can expand to four, six, eight and on depending on the project and the collaborators. The group has performed internationally for 15 years.

    Letters between two crows long acquainted as they muse upon the state of roadkill, veganism, cross species curiosities, Schubert and sonnets.

    Part One
    Part Two


    Matthew Fink is a poet, photographer, and artist. His book of poems afterKleist was published by selva oscura press in 2018 []. His forthcoming book of poems, The Tattered Canopy of the Velodrome, is about war and petroleum. After the Smash: the Humpty Notebooks a chamber opera project with Four-Second Decay was performed in London in 2016. N.Orleans a video project with photographs and text by Fink and video by Julio Velasco was an official selection for the Cologne Off IV festival (

    P. A. Skantze is a theatre director, writer and composer working in Italy and London. Reader in Performance Practices at Roehampton University, Skantze is the author of Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth-Century Theatre (Routledge 2003) and Itinerant Spectator/Itinerant Spectacle (Punctum 2013) as well as articles on creative practice, articles practicing creatively, and articles on sound, black critical studies, the Undercommons and gender. She is working on a New York production of her musical STACKS, an opera libretto based on Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea books, and following her staged textual interventions for the opera Falstaff at the National Theatre of Croatia in 2018 she is creating a performance that moves between spoken play and sung opera, Scoring Macbeth, at the National Theatre of Croatia in 2021.


    Four Second Decay understands its work in a long line of practitioner researchers from Sappho and Shakespeare to Lorraine O’Grady and Bill T. Jones. Site-specific work includes two pieces made for Athens, Greece Green Park [] A free clinic by ‘The Centre for the Healing of Institutional Misery’ located in the balcony of the Café and in 2016 ‘Orfeo and Eurydice: How to Save Someone You Can’t See/Orfeo and Eurydice: Redistricting Hell’ a site-specific work in the park itself with G4S guards guarding Hell – in recognition of the Park as a refuge for those newly arrived and living on the streets of Athens.

    Crows, Pandemic, Roadkill, Epistolary, Corvine Situationists, Hominids


    Francesco Borromini, Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, Rome (1640–50) 

    Erich Mendelsohn’s The Einstein Tower, Potsdam (1919-21). 

    Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, The Uprising: on Poetry and Finance (Semiotexte, 2012).

    (Fink Inspirations)

    Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study 

    Daphne Brooks, Liner Notes for the Revolution: the Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound (Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 2021).

    U.S. Theatre Director Peter Sellars: and

    (Skantze Inspirations)

    Corvid-19 (pdf)
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  • Site Stories: explorations of urban spaces through drawing and animation (25–29 April 2022)
  • Rainbow Palace, Bergen, Norway (March 2022)
  •  Acanthus, (March 2022)
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  • Nothingness Beyond Blossom (2021)
  • Angelo Ciccaglione, ‘The back of the dust-machine, where the visitors pour the dust in,’ Rotterdam (2021)
    The Deposition of Dust (July 2021)
  • Skye Edge (April 2021)
  • Corvid-19 (15 March 2021)
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  • Station F (October 2020)
  • It’s Just a Matter of Time (2020)
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    Inscription: the Journal of Material Text – Theory, Practice, History,
    issue # 1: ‘beginnings,’ (2020)
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  • Between Our Words I will Trace Your Presence (February 2020)
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  • Situated Writing as Theory and Method (2019)
  • Parts Apart Read Together (2019)
  • Fields of Awareness, (2019, 3min 18 secs)
  • A Non-Aligned Narrative in and Around KSEVT, (2019)
  • 21 Orientations: An Atlas of Geographic Promiscuity (2019)
  • The Windowless Hotel Room (2018)
  • Spaces of Grief (2018)
  • Soft Landing (2018)
  • Shared Remains (April 2018)
  • Poetic Water Boundaries: towards a possible borderless sea, (2018)
  • Metropolitan Salem, Liuerpul (9 June – 18 August 2018)
  • Things Come Apart (21 – 24 March 2018)
  • Learn to Read Differently (2018)
  • Il Balcone. A site-writing performance (2018)
  • History begins with the vanity of kings (2018)
  • Dear Mr. Jung: Inhabiting Carl Jung’s ‘The Red Book’ (May 2018)
  • A Lunar Perspective, (2018-2020)
  • Heaton Hall: A Palimpsest (2017)
  • Location (+) (2017)
  • There’s Sand in My Infinity Pool (2017)
  • Talking Quilts (April 2017)
  • fifteen ways to cross the desert (2017)
  • Between Landscape and Confinement: Situating the Writings of Mary Wollstonecraft (2017)
  • Agency at the threshold, (2017)
  • A Ficto-Historical Theory of the London Underground (2017)
  • The Glorious Tomb to the Memory of Nothing (2016)
  • The Arrival’s Reader; A Visual Literary Criticism on The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2016)
  • Reading as Art (27 August-19 November 2016)
  • Re: development (London: Silent Grid, 2016)
  • Kjemikerens død [The Death of the Chemist] (23 – 26 May 2016)
  • Kingsland High Street (2016)
  • Foray in a Modern Reserve: An Impounding Portrait of Landuse (2016 – 2018)
  • Fall of the Derwent (2016)
  • Away from Home – Home from Away (April 2016)
  • Penguin Pool (2015)
  • Geography Lessons: Liberian Landmarks 1953-2013 (2015)
  • Women’s Anarchist Nuisance Café (2014)
  • The Writing on the Wall (after Rembrandt) (2014)
  • The Italic I (2014)
  • Designing Architecture as a Performing-Ground (2014)
  • Urban Literacy (2013/2014/2016)
  • The Disappearance: Manfredo Tafuri’s The Sphere and the Labyrinth (April 2013)
  • Folded Ground: Escape from Cape Town (2013)
  • Phantom Railings (2012 – 2017)
  • In The Emptiness Between Them (2012)
  • 10/08/12 (multispecies event) (2012)
  • An Arcades Project (2011)
  • Tideline (2010-2012)
  • The Museum of Breath (2010)
  • Slab (2010)
  • One wound. Two wounds. The body as site for writing (2010)
  • The Fluid Pavement and Other Stories on Growing Old (2006)
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