Place Waste Dissent: cut-up poetry/art exhibition

12 November – 10 December. The Arts House, 108A Stokes Croft, Bristol,  BS1 3RU.

An exhibition of cut-up poetry and art from the new collection, Place Waste Dissent, by Paul Hawkins, out Nov 12th, pre-order here

Having spent three years in the early 1990s occupying properties and protesting in Claremont Road, east London, poet Paul Hawkins maps the run-off, rackets and resistance along the route of the proposed M11 Link Road.

Using the voices of Dolly Watson, Old Mick and many others in avant-garde experimental text and lo-fi collage, he explores place, waste and dissent; the stake the Thatcher/Major Tory government was driving into the heart of the UK.

From Claremont Road to Cameron via surveillance culture and Occupy: transient-beta memory traces re-surfacing along the A12. This collection is an important reflection on a historic site of resistance, offering us illumination, ideas and inspiration for the future.

The collage is taken from photographs by Julia Guest, Maureen Measure, Steve Ryan, Sarer Scotthorne, Susan Worth and personal photographs by Paul. On each page of the book the text and images have been cut and pasted by hand by Paul, and, in a long sequence of text/image called Flea, by poet Sarer Scotthorne.

‘This is not so much a book as an archive, a dataset or a dossier of evidence. At times reminiscent of Tom Phillips’ A Humument with its jump cut juxtapositions, liminal layers and luminous word wiring, Place Waste Dissent is nonetheless an utterly distinctive poetic document, weaving text and image to create a wakeful dream state of white noise, static and flux.’ Tom Jenks

twitter: @PlayWDissent

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