Redell Olsen – A Preview

Our next event takes place on December 6th at The Castle Hotel, 7pm and is free as ever – hope to see you there. It features Sharon Kivland, Redell Olsen and David Steans. Here’s a little preview of Redell Olsen:

say I and you London land marks

say I and you in London mark land

say London land is marked by you and I

say I and you make marks in London’s land

say I and you mark lands in London

say I and you marked by land

say London land marks

say long done land marks

say long done marks in land

say land in long marks in language

from Film Poems. See more HERE

A Theory of Minimalism by Marc Botha

Marc Botha’s stunning book is out now.

botha

The explosion of minimalism into the worlds of visual arts, music and literature in the mid-to-late twentieth century presents one of the most radical and decisive revolutions in aesthetic history. Detested by some, embraced by others, minimalism’s influence was immediate, pervasive and lasting, significantly changing the way we hear music, see art and read literature.

In The Theory of Minimalism, Marc Botha offers the first general theory of minimalism, equally applicable to literature, the visual arts and music. He argues that minimalism establishes an aesthetic paradigm for rethinking realism in genuinely radical terms. In dialogue with thinkers from both the analytic and continental traditions – including Kant, Danto, Agamben, Badiou and Meillassoux – Botha develops a constellation of concepts which together encapsulate the transhistorcial and transdisciplinary reach of minimalism.

LINK

House of Bedlam Concert in Manchester

The book of Matthew
Music and film by Larry Goves/Text by Matthew Welton

The wind around the orange-tree
brings on the smell
of nutskins mixed with whisky
mixed with lemons or rain…

From The book of Matthew; Matthew Welton, Carcanet, 2003

A piece for instruments and projected text using extracts Matthew Welton’s The book of Matthew; a collection of thirty-nine hauntingly beautiful poem variations arranged according to Roget’s Thesaurus.

Tithonus, Drunk
Music by Laurie Tompkins/Text by Sam Quill

Tithonus, drunk is a short soap about life on the sauce for four instrumentalists, electronics, and projected drinker.

House of Bedlam:
Kathryn Williams flutes
Harry Fausing-Smith & Carl Raven saxophones
Tom McKinney guitars
Steph Tress cello
Laurie Tompkins projected drinker
Larry Goves director

Free admission, no ticket required

https://www.rncm.ac.uk/performance/nmnw17-house-of-bedlam/

Otoliths issue forty-seven

 

Mary Kasimor, M. Leland Oroquieta, Texas Fontanella, differx, Bill Yarrow, Jim Leftwich, Steve Dalachinsky, Vernon Frazer, Andrew Topel, Philip Byron Oakes, j4, Kyle Hemmings, Sanjeev Sethi, Karl Kempton, Robert van Vliet, Heath Brougher, hiromi suzuki & Márton Koppány, Kevin Tosca, Karen Downs-Barton, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Seth Howard, Aurélien Leif, John M. Bennett, Lakey Comess, Drew B. David, Howie Good, Olivier Schopfer, Dah, Raymond Farr, Carol Stetser, Adam Fieled, Joe Balaz, Martin Edmond, Jill Chan, Thomas M. Cassidy, osvaldo cibils, Neil Leadbeater, Christopher Barnes, Pete Spence, Ken Bolton, Dawn Nelson Wardrope, Ben Oost, Piet Nieuwland, Stephen Nelson, dan raphael, gobscure, Travis Cebula, Stuart Barnes, J.J. Campbell, Pearl Button, Nika + Jim McKinniss, Penelope Weiss, Brendan Slater, Jack Kelly, Bryony Bodimeade, Tony Beyer, Cecelia Chapman, William Allegrezza, David Baptiste Chirot, Willie Smith, Cheryl Penn, Obododimma Oha, Michael Brandonisio, Kenneth Rexroth, John Levy, Richard Kostelanetz & Igor Satanovsky, Luigi Coppola, Keith Nunes, Jesse Glass, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, David Lohrey, Scott MacLeod, Tom Beckett, Angad Agora, Jeff Harrison, Gregory Stephenson, Simon Perchik, wiggly jones, Michael Gould, Shloka Shankar, Volodymyr Bilyk, Marcia Arrieta, Cindy Hochman, Bob Heman, Jack Galmitz, Jeff Bagato, Andrew Galan, Barnaby Smith, Edward Kulemin, Indigo Perry, Paul T. Lambert, John Pursch, Marilyn Stablein, J.D. Nelson, Carey Scott Wilkerson, Cherie Hunter Day, Bela Farkas, Menkah, Erik-John Fuhrer, Diane Keys, & Ishita Basu Mallik. Details here.

Verbivoracious Festschrift #6: the Oulipo

The sixth Verbivoracious Festschrift is a brobdingnagian spectacular fêting the famous workshop of potential literature, The Oulipo, now entering its 57th year. Our contributors were invited to write a piece of fiction, an essay, a poem, or any other hybrid, and choose their own constraints. The results have yielded a marvellous sprawl of oulipian homage, from petite poetic tributes to Queneau, to long lipogrammatic bows to Perec. In this issue: Philip Terry’s take on Perec’s I Remember, Warren Motte’s literary abecedaries, David Bellos’s iconoclastic essay on Hugo and Perec, two chapters from Jeff Bursey’s lipogrammic novel Ennead, Louis Bury’s anticipatory blurbs, Michael Leong’s take on the Oulipo’s ever-expanding influence, Tom Jenks and Jeanelle D’Alessandro’s satirical N+7s, Andriana Minou’s typographically playful novella Hypnotic Labyrinth, John Peck’s murder mystery in 100 sentences, poetry from Doug Nufer and Stephen Frug, Marc Lapprand’s view on evolution and The Oulipo, a slew of palindromes, lists, papers, and fancies from Pablo Ruiz, and many other pieces. The issue concludes with a wholly original work of sustained constraint: Christine Brooke-Rose’s first novel rewritten with her grammatical constraints and polylingual puns reinstated. The sixth issue is our fattest feast yet, and a must for Oulipo enthusiasts. More here.

The Crater/Sharon Borthwick Advent Calendar 2018

Via Richard Parker…

This year Sharon Borthwick’s done our advent calendar! The Borthwick Riot Calendar contains all sorts of incendiary material, 25 poems, a colour collage and lots of Xmas cheer – it’s also definitely NSFW. £5 and P&P, it’s on the website now: www.craterpress.co.uk  Copies will be sent out about the middle of November – orders from outside of the UK may not receive their copies before December/advent.

Also, there’ll be an Cratery Xmas party on the 1st of December at The Field, 385 New Cross Road, London, where we’ll celebrate Sharon’s advent intervention and yuletide cheer. Sharon will read, there’ll be an Xmas performance from the Ninnies and there’ll be a bunch of other stuff too.

Merry advent one and all!

Scott Thurston’s Poems for the Dance

Containing an essay, and poems, occasioned by the author’s engagement with Five Rhythms and other improvised dance and movement practices over more than a decade, Poems for the Dance is a multi-faceted enquiry into the relationship between poetry and movement, exploring the shared vitality dynamics of both artistic forms as it seeks for personal, social and political truths. With an introduction by Camilla Nelson and photographs by Roger Bygott. Full details here.

 

Junction Box 10

Junction Box is  a space for poets, primarily, but also for other kinds of creative and critical practitioners, to talk about the world, themselves and the others, in a free and category-open fashion.  Number 10 is now live. featuring:

  • Julia Rose Lewis & James Miller: Preface to ‘Strays’
  • Lucy Sheerman & Karlien van den Beukel: Rem • Press
  • Nia Davies & Sampurna Chattarji: Ritual Correspondence
  • Doug Jones: from ‘Posts’
  • Laura Goode: Two Poems
  • Rebecca Compton: Cooperation vs Collaboration
  • Paul Hawkins: Trailing arm leading edge
  • Holly Corfield Carr: On Caves
  • Eley Williams: Three Pieces
  • Sonja Vitow: 13 Reasons I Believe In Ghosts
  • Tim Allen: from ‘A Democracy of Poisons’
  • Anthony Mellors & David Rees: Winter Journey (Time out x 2)

Nia Davies book launch

Saturday November 4th 2.00 pm – 5 pm at The Hen and Chickens, Flannel Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5EG, where Nia will be a launching England, out now on Crater Press.

with a mini-festival of accompanying readers, including
Ailbhe Darcy
David Greenslade
Steven Hitchins
Julia Rose Lewis
Lee Duggan
Chris Paul
Ric Hool
Suze de Lee
Richard Parker
Lyndon Davies
and more to be announced
FREE

UK launches of Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line

The publication is conceived as a studio-laboratory in itself, drawing together critical reflections and experimental practices that focus on the how-ness  — the qualitative-processual, aesthetic-epistemological and ethico-empathetic dynamics — within shared artistic exploration, directing attention to an affective realm of forces and intensities existing before, between and beneath the more readable gestures of artistic practice. Cultivating sensitivity towards the barely perceptible micro-movements within the process of artistic ‘sense-making’ has wider structural — even political — implications at the level of the macro, encouraging the de-, re- and trans-figuring of our ways of being in the world, inviting new forms of relationality, sociality and solidarity. Hybrid of an artists’ book and research compendium, Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line invokes action by operating as a score that can be activated by others, providing artists, theorists and creative practitioners with a modular toolkit of performative and notational approaches for future experimental play.

Based on original research and edited by Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker and Mariella Greil. With contributions by Alex Arteaga, Arno Böhler, Christine De Smedt, Catherine de Zegher, Christopher Dell, Gerhard Dirmoser, Karin Harrasser, Adrian Heathfield, Victor Jaschke, Simona Koch, Krassimira Kruschkova, Brandon LaBelle, Erin Manning, Dieter Mersch, Lilia Mestre, Werner Moebius, Alva Noë, Jeanette Pacher, Jörg Piringer, Helmut Ploebst, P.A. Skantze, Andreas Spiegl.

More details on the book here.
Sample pages here.
Buy the book here

12 + 14 November 2017

PERFORMANCE LECTURE & WORKSHOP at SIOBHAN DAVIES STUDIOS, LONDON

On Sunday 12 November 2017 Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line will give a one day workshop (11:00 – 17:00) hosted by Independent Dance at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, London, UK. Additionally, on Tuesday 14 November 2017, 19:00 – 20:30 Emma Cocker, Nikolaus Gansterer and Mariella Greil will present a performance lecture at the Crossing Borders Talks in the 2017 series at Independent Dance at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, London, UK launching their recent publication Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line.

Simon Taylor – Prospectus

if p then q is very pleased to announce the publication of Prospectus by Simon Taylor.

prospectus sample

Part Cindy Sherman part HR, Prospectus is a beautiful square format book which consists of a selection of colour photographs and descriptive texts for that all important ‘about me’ page.

Prospectus front cover flattened

Simon Taylor is one half of Joy as Tiresome Vandalism whose works are the books aRb and Absolute Elsewhere and the card game What’s the Best? He has also designed book covers for if p then q and posters for The Other Room poetry series. A sketchbook of his work and images from Prospectus can be found at Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/discomoobs/

You can buy at the if p then q website – LINK