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Allen Fisher video from The Other Room June 2014

The Other Room – tonight

Other Room Final Poster

Other Room dates for your diaries

A busy 2014 summer period from The Other Room and also the beginnings of a winter programme for your diaries.

4th June 7.00 @ The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester with Leanne Bridgewater, Allen Fisher, Agnes Lehoczky & David Miller

15th June
3.30 @ Bank Street Arts, Sheffield: The Other Room presents The Other Room as part of The Midsummer Festival (Scott Thurston, James Davies & Tom Jenks)

2nd July 7.00 @ The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester with Hazel Smith&Roger Dean and Clive&Robin Fencott

13th August 7.00 @ The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester with Gareth Twose, Mick Weller & Alison Gibb

15th October 7.00 @ The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester with Emma Cocker, Matt Falaize & Ulli Freer

Allen Fisher: a preview

Allen Fisher will perform at the next Other Room on Wednesday, 4th June at The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE. 7 PM start, with Leanne Bridgewater, Agnes Lehoczky and David Miller. Free entry. This film shows Allen performing a collaborative piece with Philip Terry at the third Camarade event in 2012. See Allen’s website for more.


Allen Fisher is a poet and painter, art historian and publisher. He has authored 150 publications of poetry, graphic work and commentary. He edits Spanner and co-edits Aloes Books. He worked with Fluxus peformance art in the 1970s. His visual work is held at the Tate Collection, King’s College London and Living Museum Iceland, as well as in many private collections.



Two London events

Tuesday, 18 June: 7.00 at the Daniel Blau Gallery, Hoxton Square, London E:  Amid the Ruins. Kristen Kreider & James Leary, Allen Fisher, Becky Cremin and Stephen Willey. FREE

Wednesday, 19 June: 6.00 at the University of London Senate House: Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar. Richard Parker: ‘Ezra Pound: Belated Modernism and objectivist Verse’. All Welcome.

Allen Fisher: events and publications

Too much information to post, so please see  here for events and here for publications.

Allen Fisher: Æsthetics of the Imperfect Fit.

7pm, Thursday, 28th March, Royal Holloway University of London, room F3, 2 Gower Street, London WC1B 3RA.

Veer Books at the Surrey New Writers Festival

Veer Books will be hosting a reading and launch evening as part of the Surrey New Writers Festival in Guildford on Saturday 16 March (6 – 8PM), featuring the launch of Allen Fisher’s Defamiliarising ____________* and Martin Bakero’s abjects. Readers will be: Allen Fisher, Martin Bakero, Adrian Clarke, Stephen Mooney. Hosted by Stephen Mooney and Holly Luhning. (free admission). Venue: Three Pigeons, Guildford,169 High Street,Guildford,GU1 3AJ. More here.


Allen Fisher: connected events for the Birkbeck and Royal Holloway nexus.

event one: 7.30pm, Thursday, 14th February, Birkbeck
Clore Management Building Room G01, Torrington square.

Testing & Experimenting

event two: Thursday, 28th March, Royal Holloway, Central London
site and room tbc

Æsthetics of the Imperfect Fit.

Birkbeck, Thursday 14th February

Testing & Experimenting, the event sets out to review for London the sequence of Allen Fisher’s Complexity Manifold talks (2006-2011), followed by a brief application of the result from the review, using examples from fourteen English poems published in the last five years and a concluding coda: the governance of the self and others.

Royal Holloway, Central London, Thursday 28th March

Æsthetics of the Imperfect Fit, a synthesis with an underlying theme of facture and æsthetic reception. Eventually the subject includes how meaning might be achieved by slow accretions and lead to aspects of truth telling. This subject is skewed by the poetics, confronted with the contradiction of the world as it is understood to be and the changing proposals for a different world.

Allen Fisher: 3 events

Allen Fisher Reading

23rd Nov 2012, 6pm

Gallery North, City Campus, Northumbria University

Free Entry

Poet and painter Allen Fisher will read from his work as part of Northumbria University’s Allen Fisher Symposium.

Allen’s performance will be accompanied by short readings from Ira Lightman and Sophie Robinson.


Allen Fisher Symposium

24th Nov 2012, 10.30 to 5.30

Sutherland Building, City Campus, Northumbria University

Free Entry (booking essential)


Rob Holloway and Allen Fisher Live

Xing the Line

7.30pm Wednesday, 5 December reading

‘The Apple Tree, Mount Pleasant, London

Allen Fisher symposium

Scott Thurston interviews Allen Fisher

Scott Thurston will be conducting a public interview with Allen Fisher at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Crewe campus as part of MMU’s centenary celebrations. The event takes place between 1:30 and 3pm on 10th September 2012 in the Contemporary Arts Building: Axis Theatre. See the programme for an overview of the material Allen will be discussing and performing, a map and travel advice.

PolyPly 20: Re-Flux

POLYply > 20 RE-FLUX
Allen Fisher, Sarah Hughes & Kostis Kilymis ‘Her Regime’ group performance and film work conceived and directed by Becky Cremin, Nisha Ramayya and Prudence Chamberlain
Thursday 14 June, 7pm The Centre for Creative Collaboration 16 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG
Free entry. All welcome. Last POLYply till September.

Junction Box 3

A new issue of Junction Box at

Prose pieces by poets including Lyndon Davies, Allen Fisher, Tony Lopez, Peter Larkin, Tim Atkins, Anthony Mellors, Scott Thurston a more


West House Books

Steve McCaffery PANOPTICON. BookThug rev. edn. 2011. £15

Taking its inspiration from Jeremy Bentham’s ‘Panopticon Papers’, McCaffery’s Panopticon shatters all omnivision in a tour de force of formal innovation, theoretical comment and narrative critique. In Panopticon narrative stutters, repeats itself, sequence is deranged and complicated by a multimedia presence on the page of grids, film bands and acoustic channels. On its first appearance Charles Bernstein hailed the book as ‘perhaps the exemplary “antiabsorptive work” and William McPheron claimed it as “an extraordinary act of revolution and charity”. Out of print for more than twenty years, this new edition has been revised extensively and is accompanied by an afterword written by McCaffery himself.

OPEN LETTER 14.7, Fall 2011: Breakthrough Nostalgia: Reading Steve McCaffery Then and Now. Ed. Stephen Cain. 172pp. £10.50

W/ contributions by Geoffrey Hlibchuk, Stephen Voyce, Gregory Betts, Tim Conley, Jason Starnes, Alessandra Capperdoni, Jean-Jacques Lecercle, Matt Carrington, Lori Emerson, Andy Weaver, Christian Bök, Derek Beaulieu, Alan Halsey, Peter Jaeger + new poetry & prose by SMcC.

Allen Fisher PROPOSALS, 1-35. Poem-image-commentary. 76pp incl. 35 images in colour. Spanner 2010. £9.50

Allen Fisher STROLL & STRUT STEP. 16pp + 3 images in colour. Spanner 2004. £7.50

Post-free in UK. Payment by cheque or Paypal.

Orders to

Hidden Agendas: Unreported Poetics

Hidden Agendas: Unreported Poetics is now online in a PDF format at It contains a slection of writings on Edwin Denby, Mark Hyatt, Bern Porter, Asa Benveniste, Lukáš Tomin, William Bronk, Gilbert Sorrentino, Robbie Walker, Bob Cobbing, Paddy Roe, Philip Whalen, Loop Poetics, Cyberpoetics, Flarf and other poets and poetics from the 1960s to the present that/who might be considered ”neglected” in some way. Contributors: Ali Alizadeh, Louis Armand, Livio Beloi, Jeremy Davies, Stephan Delbos, Michel Delville, Johanna Drucker, Michael Farrel, Allen Fisher, Vincent Katz, Stephen Muecke, Jena Osman, Michael Rothenberg, Lou Rowan, Kyle Schlesinger, Robert Shepperd, Stephanie Strickland, John Wilkinson. Can also be got in hardcopy from the publisher, Litteraria Pragensia Books in Prague.

Via Vlak Magazine


Meditation Traps in Hereford

Via Allen Fisher:

“This is to invite you to attend or at least let you know about an OPENING and VIEW of work at APPLE STORE GALLERY, 3 Bridge Street, HEREFORD.

The evening viewing is on Thursday 5th January 2012, 6 to 8 pm. RSVP

The exhibition runs Tuesday to Saturday from 3rd January until 25th February.

It is an exhibition with a number of artists’ works.

I will have 8 MEDITATION TRAPS in the show.

MEDITATION TRAPS are composed in ink and watercolour on laid papers, framed with cherry wood, they measure 53 x 41 cm. They were made as part of a series in 2003, with images that derive from the shaped pieces of paper hung from a loose rope surrounding an Ainu figure in meditation. They followed my extensive work under the heading Frenzy and Self-Control, which included the series Constructed rush. Three of the MEDITATION TRAPS were used as the basis for prints in my book STROLL & STRUT STEP, published in 2004.”

POLYply > 11 Energy

Allen Fisher
Ken Hyder
Justin Katko
Christian Kerrigan
Marianne Morris

Thursday 16 June, 7pm-9pm
The Centre for Creative Collaboration
16 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG

Free entry

Allen Fisher events June 2011-October 2011

June 2nd, Thursday, 7.30 pm
Reading for the 3rd Hay Poetry Jamboree at Oriel Contemporary Arts,
Salem Chapel, Bell Bank, Hay on Wye.
Over three days, June 2-4, other participants include: Ralph Hawkins, Colin Still (films), Helen Lopez, John Freeman, Angela Gardner, Rhys Trimble, Paul Green, Robert Sheppard, Carol Watts, Sean Bonney, Frances Presley, Glenn Storrhaug, Gavin Selerie, Tiffany Atkinson, David Annwn, Zoe Skoulding, Kelvin Corcoran, Maggie O’Sullivan.

June 9-11
Skipping across the pond: interaction between American and British poetries 1964-1970; Plenary for Legacies of Modernism: The State of British Poetry Today conference at Institut Charles V in Paris. Some of the other participants are: Peter Middleton, Romana Huk, Scott Thurston, Xavier Kalck, Luke Roberts, Nandini Ramesh Sankar, Robin Purves, Geraldine Monk, Carol Watts, John Wilkinson, Keston Sutherland, David Kennedy, Emily Critchley, Michael Kindellan, Simon Perril, Sophie Robinson, Ian Davidson, Sam Ladkin, Joe Luna, Will Montgomery, Vincent Broqua, cris cheek, Joshua Adams, Jennifer Cooke, Lacy Rumsey, Jeff Hilson, Neil Psatterson, Sara Crangle, Simon Jarvis, Drew Milne, Robert Hampson.

June 16, Thursday, 7pm-9pm
Proposals performance for POLYply, The Centre for Creative Collaboration
16 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG; other participants are Ken Hyder,
Justin Katko, Christian Kerrigan (t.b.c.) and Marianne Morris.
The Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG.

June 21, Tuesday, early evening
Complexity Manifold: Falmouth synopsis, Performance and Contexture event,
University College Falmouth, Wood Lane.

July 6-7
follow up sessions to April 13th session
PARC NorthWest, Practice as Research Consortium, Manchester.

September 16th, Friday, 7.30 pm
British Romantic Painters, invited talk for the
Hereford Arts Appreciation Society.

September 30th, Friday, 7.30 pm
Images of Health and Well-being, twenty-first annual HACS lecture, Courtyard Theatre, Hereford.

October 14th, Thursday, 4.30 pm
Reading performance for Department of English Language & Literature, University of Chicago.

October 15th, Friday, 1 pm
Lecture for Department of English Language & Literature, University of Chicago.

October 27th, Thursday, 4.30 pm
Lecture for Department of English, University of Notre Dame,
Strength in frailty: British poetry in the new millennium.

October 27th, Thursday, 7.30 pm
Reading at Hammes Bookstore, South Bend, Indiana
supported by the Department of English, University of Notre Dame.

November 12th, Saturday 2.30 pm
Narrative Walls: Renaissance frescoes: Giotto to Michelangelo for The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies.


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