Zuzana Husárová

Book liminal – English version

Zuzana Husárová – Liminal English version, Illustrations & Design by Amalia Roxana Filip, Released by Ars Poetica in Bratislava, 2012.


You can find info about our book and website project at www.liminal.name

liminal is a transmedia project of Zuzana Husárová and Amalia Roxana Filip that covers a book of visual poems, sound poetry on the website and live performances. The concept of the project describes the experience of a day. This experience is marked by a temporal aspect:division of a day into its 5 parts: morning, noon, afternoon, evening and night. “Journey“ of the day does not represent only beating of time, but rather, speaking in each part with a different tone, subject´s states of mind, states of world perception, “travelling” into “places” that are familiar as well as defamiliarizing.

Each part has its own visual and formal characteristics: from blue, almost transparent morning, through the concrete of grey and yellow road patterns (found poems from the streets and metro), through the yellowness of afternoon sun (each poem centres on a specific syllable and those syllables put together create: She can´t/can swallow it), to the dark-blue and grey arrangement of evening, finishing in memory-cocktail and night inwardness. liminal is transmedial because it wants to show the plurality of media, by which this concept can be presented. No element repeats itself: poems in the book are not retold in the sound poetry, visuals employed during the live performances differ from those in the book. Book, sound poems, live performances (that connect spoken word with live audio manipulations and projection of live visuals) work alongside and with mutual interactions, providing recipient´s enhanced experience of what can be perceived as engaging about the parts of a day and liminal states. “liminal” – an anthropological term for moving from one state to another, as well as a term referring to being on the threshold or incipient, or even a notion for describing a barely perceptible sensation – evokes subject´s betwixt and between position and her stimulation that is almost impalpable.


1. On the threshold, just passing over a threshold, incipient, as a liminal understanding of oneself.
2. Barely perceptible, as a liminal odor or liminal sensation on the skin.
3. (Cultural Anthropology) Transitional, referring to a period in human life when a person is changing, moving from one state (across the threshold) to another.
(According to Alpha Dictionary)

During the intervening “liminal” period, the characteristics of the ritual subject (the “passenger”) are ambiguous; he passes through a cultural realm that has few or none of the attributes of the past or coming state. […] The attributes of liminality or of liminal personae (“threshold people”) are necessarily ambiguous, since this condition and these persons elude or slip through the network of classifications that normally locate states and positions in cultural space. Liminal entities are neither here nor there; they are betwixt and between the positions assigned and arrayed by law, custom, convention, and ceremonial. As such, their ambiguous and indeterminate attributes are expressed by a rich variety of symbols in the many societies that ritualize social and cultural transitions. Thus, liminality is frequently likened to death, to being in the womb, to invisibility, to darkness, to bisexuality, to the wilderness, and to an eclipse of the sun or moon.
(Victor Turner, The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure, 1969.)


liminal – English version – appears in HA!Art, No. 42, 2/2013. >>>
liminal – English version – appears in the international book of visual poetry, Raume fur Notizen, 2013, Wien: edition ch >>>