Plato's Porno Cave: The Trial


“We are putting Socrates on trial. Come be a part of the spectacle!”

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After 4 years of searching for that perfect shadow on the wall, Plato’s Porno Cave is excited to share with Philadelphia its finest installment of surrealist manifestation to date. This year will present a maddening gala that puts the whole audience on trial. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll see everything up till now in human history in a whole new sensual light. Don’t miss this fun, out of this world, month of the absurd.

Curated by Augustus Depenbrock and Marshall James Kavanaugh

Plato’s Porno Cave: The Trial
June 13 – July 16
Opening Reception: FRIDAY June 13th from 8PM – 1AM
little berlin gallery
2430 Coral Street, Philadelphia 19125

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At the center of the gallery stands a living tree. A question is posed Chaos or Order? Do we tend to this majestic example of nature’s beauty and enjoy its shade for years to come, or do we set it ablaze in pursuit of an all night rager geared towards excess? A trial in ancient Athenian fashion shall ensue, where the audience plays the role of jury and gets to decide whether they want to be ruled by the flagrance of Dionysius or glowing rationale of Apollo. Through out the night arguments from both corners will be performed through music, theater, and interactive spectacle. Once all of the ballots have been cast the result will either be a celebration of life or a triumphant coupe de grace!

Either way, the night will be one to remember!

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR JUNE / JULY:

June 6 – soft reveal for First Friday inside the Annex performance space at Little Berlin
https://www.facebook.com/events/1416622461953188/ 

June 13 – OPENING NIGHT 

June 18 – "Guitarcules is Coming!", a rock opera written and performed by Gregory Labold 
https://www.facebook.com/events/305119672978333/

June 25 - FILM NIGHT

June 26 – "Sonic Transmissions", a music and art-making workshop led by Kathryn Sclavi, followed by psychedelic jazz by The Impressionists.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1445892745659770/

June 28 – (inside the cave) "Escape Clause", an interactive performance created by Robert Gross and Julius Ferraro
https://www.facebook.com/events/1425596111049439/

June 28 – (outside in the Fairgrounds) "Night Kitchen", a surreal salon of puppetry and performance hosted by Jenna Spitz 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1487806458120168/

July 2 - FILM NIGHT

July 4 – "IndepenDANCE: Come as your madness!", a dance party for liberty
https://www.facebook.com/events/297598713742328/

July 9 - FILM NIGHT

July 11 – "Smut Reading", an open reading of erotica with an a/v performance by Rebecca Posner and Dan Veksler titled We Need To Find the Weight of Water"
https://www.facebook.com/events/449879691815758/

July 12 – "Pale Redhead Urge Surf Services & Consultation", a surreal performance curated by Maiza Hixson 
https://www.facebook.com/events/570381726416684

July 16 - FILM NIGHT


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“Artistic creation depends on a tension between two opposing forces, which Nietzsche terms the Apollonian and the Dionysian. Apollo is the Greek god of light and reason, and Nietzsche identifies the Apollonian as a life- and form-giving force, characterized by measured restraint and detachment, which reinforces a strong sense of self. Dionysus is the Greek god of wine and music, and Nietzsche identifies the Dionysian as a frenzy of self-forgetting in which the self gives way to a primal unity where individuals are at one with others and with nature. Both the Apollonian and the Dionysian are necessary in the creation of art. Without the Apollonian, the Dionysian lacks the form and structure to make a coherent piece of art, and without the Dionysian, the Apollonian lacks the necessary vitality and passion. Although they are diametrically opposed, they are also intimately intertwined.”
- Sparknotes for The Birth of Tragedy

“Where works of art are rare, rarity itself is a value; it is only when they are common…that one can learn their intrinsic value.”
- Goethe

“What strip mining is to nature, the art market has become to culture.”
- Robert Hughes