Go Deeper Digital Toolkit: Nothing to Show

Digital Toolkit: Nothing to Show

Posted September 4th, 2020

In an ordinary non-pandemic Fringe Festival season, FringeArts would be reaching out to audiences and encouraging them to come to contextual programming for all of the Curated performances at our Fringe Festival Bookstore. Last year, in the 2019 Fringe Festival, our bookstore was a partnership with Head House Books and sited at Cherry Street Pier. We put up installations, brought folks together for artist talks, and filled the small pop-up bookstore with sources our artists found particularly inspirational to the creation of their pieces.

For obvious reasons, we’re unable to do that this year. But we didn’t want to keep audiences from the opportunity of digging deeper into the intriguing contextual source material and inspiration our artists used as they created and pivoted their pieces from live works to online or socially distant performances.

On most show pages, under the Contextual Programming tab, you will find links to blog posts like this that include artist-curated sources you can download, watch, listen to, or buy to deepen your understanding of the show’s themes. Browse at your leisure, and make sure to tag @FringeArts on social media with your thoughts!

Nothing to Show – Digital Toolkit


Depression: A Public Feeling by Ann Cvetkovich


Inferno by Dante Alighieri


The System of Dante’s Hell and Dutchman by Amiri Baraka


The Infinite Rehearsal by Wilson Harris


Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Wilhelm Meister’s Theatrical Mission by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Faust 3 by Peter Schumann


Blackness and Nothingness (Mysticism in the Flesh) by Fred Moten


The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass


Wilderness and the American Mind by Roderick Frazier Nash



“Black Dada Nihilismus” by Amiri Baraka


“The Flying Dutchman” by Richard Wagner



In Harpy Land, a collage poem by Helen Adams


Dyr bul shchyl by Aleksei Kruchenykh




Pierrot Granade