Launch of The Three Rooms In Valerie’s Head by David Gaffney and Dan Berry

Manchester launch event for the new graphic novel The Three Rooms In Valerie’s Head by David Gaffney and Dan Berry
 
2.00 pm
Saturday 28 April
Traveling Man comic book shop
Dale Street
Manchester
 
You can buy books, get them signed – and even personalised with drawings and specially made stamps – and chat to me and Dan about stuff, or just talk to other people you know who’ll be there, if you don’t want to talk to us. 
 
Here’s more info
 
 
…and a few review quotes
 
“Ingenious… Valerie’s poignant romances open larger vistas where music and imagination offer wit and insight beyond the grayness of daily life.” — Library Journal

“…snortingly funny with a robust and off-kilter imagination..these short tales almost always act like riddles, sending the reader back to the beginning to figure out what makes the characters behave that way. Lightly balanced between writer and artist, each the right amount of crazy.” – Etelka Lehoczky for NPR books

“Enthrallingly weird… [its] grounding core gives this off-kilter graphic novel welcome emotional depth.” — Booklist

ORGASMIC STREAMING   ORGANIC GARDENING ELECTROCULTURE

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ORGASMIC STREAMING   ORGANIC GARDENING
ELECTROCULTURE

Beatrice Gibson, Alison Knowles, Ghislaine Leung, Annea Lockwood, Claire Potter, Charlotte Prodger, Carolee Schneemann, Tai Shani, Mieko Shiomi

25 April – 25 May 2018

Private view: Tuesday 24 April, 6:00-8:30pm
Exhibition continues: 25 April – 25 May 2018

ORGASMIC STREAMING   ORGANIC GARDENING   ELECTROCULTURE
Touching, performance with microphone and script fragments, 2016. Claire Potter. Image courtesy of the artist.

ORGASMIC STREAMING   ORGANIC GARDENING   ELECTROCULTURE is a group exhibition looking at practices that emerge between text and performance, the page and the body, combining a display and events programme of historical and contemporary works. Newly commissioned and existing works will intersect with an array of archival material located in Carolee Schneemann’s Parts of a Body House [1968-1972], from which the exhibition title derives, and Alison Knowles and Annea Lockwood’s score anthology Womens Work [1975-8]. ORGASMIC STREAMING ORGANIC GARDENING ELECTROCULTURE seeks an alternative framework to look at the influence of conceptual procedures as well as experimental writing within contemporary feminist performance practices across visual art, sound and text. The exhibition seeks to highlight these significant trans-historical sensibilities, whilst acknowledging their disjuncts. Each artist brings a particular method, procedure or interrogation to the act of writing or performing text, blurring descriptions such as text, score, work, performance, version and iteration.

ORGASMIC STREAMING   ORGANIC GARDENING   ELECTROCULTURE will be accompanied by workshops, an event, a publication and an affiliated symposium to take place in May 2018. Curated by Karen Di Franco and Irene Revell.

Parts of a Body House is a score, a document and a piece of speculative fiction, written by Carolee Schneemann between 1957-68. The text operates across a series of registers and durations, as an architectural reimagining of the interior of the body as fleshy, subversive locations for social and political interaction, and as a set of instructions for an unrealised performance environment. Originally published in the poetry journal Caterpillar [issue 3/4, 1968], it was republished in the anthology Fantastic Architecture [eds. Dick Higgins and Wolf Vostell, Something Else Press: New York, 1969], before featuring in Schneemann’s first artist book, the eponymously-titled Parts of a Body House Book [1972], made with the Fluxus affiliated Beau Geste Press, in Cullompton, Devon. Within the site of Schneemann’s textual body, corporeality is exposed as a network of sinuous circuitry, activated by immediacy — touch, heat and interaction. Drawing out the connections between the spaces of performance, as a textual and embodied environment of activity, extends to the works within the exhibition, where Parts of a Body House will be presented as a typographical framework.

Womens Work [sic] is a collection of textual, instructional and propositional performance scores by twenty-four women, edited and self-published in New York by Alison Knowles and Annea Lockwood over two printed issues [1975-8], bringing their work into relation with the feminist movement through the medium of the score. The display will draw out three works from the collection. Alison Knowles’ Proposition IV (Squid) was conceived in 1970 at CalArts in the context of her House of Dust project. The textual score invites performers to autonomously write their own score card that navigates the four quadrants of the work’s circular performance space. Annea Lockwood’s Piano Transplants [1966-2013] propose a series of transformations of the instruments by natural processes including Piano Burning, Piano Drowning and Piano Garden. The very first Piano Transplant, a prepared piano that Lockwood made in 1966 in London is displayed in the gallery, accompanied by the 2017 recording of its performance by Áine O’Dwyer; a series of photographic documentation spanning 1968 to the present chart some of the many performances of the other Piano TransplantsMieko Shiomi’s Spatial Poem (1965-75) comprises nine separate events that each invite participation anywhere in the world at a simultaneous moment which are then gathered together as brief written reports. Spatial Poem No. 3, 6 and 7 — Falling Event, Orbit Event and Sound Event respectively — are included in Womens Work, and here conducted through the framework of the exhibition; in the gallery and publication, with contributions from the exhibition’s artists and visitors to the gallery, amidst a wider network.

Claire Potter works across performance, publication, installation, and film, to address modes of reading, speaking and writing. They will be producing a new sculptural text installation for the gallery space, based on a study of sound in back-to-back housing. Ghislaine Leung is an artist and writer. Leung’s two score-based works Shrooms, (2016) and Colour Hides the Canvas, Moulding Hides the Frame, (2013) will intervene into the gallery environment as pervasive, organic concepts. Charlotte Prodger works with moving image, writing and performance, exploring the intertextual relationships between each of these materials. Compression Fern Face(2014) takes the descriptions of Dennis Oppenheim’s video performance works of the early 1970s, including the eponymous title, as scores for this sculptural video and print work, and explores what happens to speech – and the self for which it is a conduit – as it metamorphoses via time, space and technological systems – here as much a crossing of gender as the spatio-temporal. Beatrice Gibson is an artist and filmmaker whose works are often score-like and improvised in nature, exploring the pull between chaos and control in the process of their own making. Drawing on figures from experimental composition and literature such as Cornelius Cardew or Gertrude Stein, her films are often participatory, incorporating co-creative and collaborative processes and ideas. Tai Shani’s multidisciplinary practice, comprising performance, film, photography and installation, revolves around experimental narrative texts with her on-going feminist project, Dark Continent Productions. Iterated through character-led installations, films, performances and experimental texts, it is an expanded adaptation of Christine de Pizan’s 1405 pioneering proto-feminist book, The Book of the City of Ladies.

A one-day offsite event will accompany the gallery programme expanding on the live possibilities of the exhibition. This will include contributions from Anna Barham, Daniela Cascella, Ami Clarke, Tomoko Hojo, Natasha Lall, Aura Satz, Linda Stupart and others, with the full programme announced shortly.

Gallery events include a performance from Claire Potter and a workshop ‘These are the Scores’ led by Irene Revell. Details and dates to follow.

An affiliated symposium, Female Conceptual Art practices, Sound Sculpture, Archives, Oral History and International Transactions, convened by Dr Jo Melvin and supported by the Chelsea Camberwell and Wimbledon Graduate School will take place at Chelsea College of Arts on Thursday 24 May. Details to be announced.

European Poetry Festival : Austria

European Poetry Festival : Austria – Thursday April 12th
Austrian Cultural Forum – Entrance Free : 7pm
Entrance Free : 7pm – 28 Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1PQ.

A special focus event of the European Poetry Festival, some of the finest avant-garde and literary poets from Austria, and their British contemporaries, present brand new collaborations made for the night. Featuring:
  • Robert Prosser & SJ Fowler
  • Max Hofler & Iris Colomb
  • Daniela Chana & Phoebe Power
The evening will be opened with solo readings by other visiting European poets including Ana Seferovic(Serbia) Ailbhe Darcy(Ireland) Giovanna Coppola (Italy), and Anastasia Mina & Helen Michael(Cyprus / UK) and Tatiana Faia(Portugal)
Full details here.

European Poetry Festival : Lithuania

Monday April 9th, The Poetry Cafe, The Poetry Society 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX. Entrance Free : Doors at 7pm

A special focus event of the European Poetry Festival, some of the finest literary poets from Lithuania, nation of focus at the London Bookfair 2018, and their British contemporaries present brand new collaborations made for the night. Featuring:

Marius Burokas & George Szirtes
Aušra Kaziliūnaitė & Colin Herd
Giedrė Kazlauskaite & John Clegg
The evening will be opened with short solo readings by other visiting European poets including Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir (Iceland) Erik Lindner (Holland) Muanis Sinanovic (Slovenia), Martin Solotruk (Slovakia), Theodoros Chiotis (Greece).
The event will also feature new collaborations by poets from the Poetry School programme – European Poetry Now
Sarah Dawson and Selina Rodrigues
Fiona Moore and Caroline Davies
Eleni Cay and Robert Peake

The 21st century Lithuanian poetry scene has been marked by an unusually prolific and original array of poets. Often lyrical and engaged in a new formalism, connecting to those who oversaw the transition to independence, the new Lithuanian poet is also idiosyncratic, witty, often linguistically. experimental, well travelled, technologically savvy. While spiritually connected to the revolutionary underground spirit of creativity that underpinned some of the greatest poetry Europe produced while Lithuania was under Soviet occupation, there is a marked move to a new kind of poetic voice, that speaks the same tone as the rest of its continent and is not necessarily framed by politics or history, but by vision, originality and humour.
This is a Lithuanian Cultural Institute event, supported by The Poetry Society.
Photos of Lithuanian poets by Monika Požerskytė
Curated by SJ Fowler. Full details here.

 

BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE – a celebration

Black Mountain College USA (1933 – 1957) comes to the Black Mountains of Powys, Wales. A full weekend exploration and celebration of the work, philosophy and ongoing influence of that remarkable, mid-twentieth century educational and multi-genre artistic experimental venture.

MAY 26th – 27th, THE BRITANNIA INN,

                                  20 High St, Crickhowell, NP8 1BD 

Saturday Morning 11.00 – 1.00

Welcome and Introduction

Michael Kindellan: Charles Olson and education.

Ian Hunt: Anni Albers and Josef Albers.

Wanda O’Connor: Towards a Post-Projective Poetics.

Saturday Afternoon 2.00 – 5.00

Jeff Hilson: Gertrude Stein, Black Mountain and Ray Johnson.

Alice Entwistle: Echoes and Edges: Re-reading Creeley.

Lee Duggan: Olson and the influence of projective verse, particularly in reference to women’s writing.

Scott Thurston: Reflections on Olson’s ‘A Syllabary for a Dancer’ – inter-disciplinarity at Black Mountain.

Saturday Evening 7.00 – 9.30

Allen Fisher: Construction and Assemblage in the Work of Robert Rauschenberg and Franz Kline.

Redell Olsen: ‘Observation Judgement Action ‘1’’.

Pierre Joris: Charles Olson now.

Nicole Peyrafitte: Basil King: Mirage. A film directed by Nicole Peyrafitte, co-directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, starring Basil King.

Sunday Morning 10.30 – 1.00

Ian Brinton: A short piece about Mike Rumaker.

Anthony Mellors: John Cage, Williams Mix: collage and synthesis.

Gillian Hipp: On Merce Cunningham

John Goodby: Encounters with the work of Ed Dorn.

Sunday Afternoon 2.00 – 5.00

Gavin Selerie: The legacy of interactions between art forms at Black Mountain College and after.

Peter Hughes: Abstract art & writing, leaping off from the work of Cy Twombly.

Tilla Brading: ‘Breath between the Black Mountains’. Charles Olson & David Jones.

Carol Watts: On Balance: a Poetics of Memory, Labour, Practice.

Tim Atkins: Hilda Morley – the longest serving poet at Black Mountain.

Sunday Evening 7.00 – 9.30

Readings

Discussion

Open multi-genre collaborative jam session with Lyndon Davies, Graham Hartill, Nicole Peyrafitte, Pierre Joris, Rhys Trimble, Camilla Nelson, Scott Thurston, Wanda O’Connor and others.

£15 for the whole weekend (£12 concessions)

or £5 per individual session (£4 concessions)

To book or for more info: Lyndon Davies. Email: goodiebard2@googlemail.com

Webpage: http://glasfrynproject.org.uk

European Poetry Festival : Camarade

Saturday April 7th 7.30pm at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA. Free entrance.

32 poets in 16 pairs presenting brand new collaborations of literary performance, made especially for the night. The grand event of European Poetry Festival, formerly European Poetry Night. Featuring:

Livia Franchini & Rike Scheffler
Christodoulos Makris & Frederic Forte
Kinga Toth & Simon Pomery
Erik Lindner & Harry Man
Max Hofler & SJ Fowler
Robert Prosser & Alessandro Burbank
Theodoros Chiotis & Sergej Timofejev
Tomas Pridal & Iris Colomb
Astra Papachristodoulou & Muanis Sinanovic
Damir Sodan & Martin Solotruk
Giedrė Kazlauskaitė & Simona Nastac
Aušra Kaziliūnaitė & Serena Braida
Jen Calleja & Daniel Falb
Hannah van Binsbergen & Nina Bajsic
Marius Burokas & Tatiana Faia
Daniela Chana & Ana Seferovic

Full details here.

Murmur #3 – Reading Series

MURMUR #3
Reading Series

Sunday 8th April / 7pm / Free
Common, Manchester

Featuring…
Sophie Jung
Lila Matsumoto
Bryony Bates
Edwin Stevens

+ Aldous RH/Secret Admirer DJs

Readers:

SOPHIE JUNG – Sophie Jung (b. 1982 Luxembourg) is a performance artist based in London and Basel. She was educated at Amterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Goldsmiths College.Her writing has been published at Fiktion.cc, HOTEL and The White Review (forthcoming). In 2016, she won the Swiss Art Award.
Selected solo exhibitions include: ‘It’s Not What It Looks Like’ at Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna (2017); ‘Producing my Credentials’ at Kunstraum, London (2017); ‘Death Warmed Up’ at Liste Performance Project, Basel (2017).

Frieze says: “[Sophie Jung] has perfected a tone that constantly veers between jokey and serious, aloof and ever-present, creating an unsteady experience of listening and viewing that somehow feels incredibly intimate. Whether she speaks about politics or animal life, whether she talks about the probable or the fantastic, you want to believe what Jung says.”

LILA MATSUMOTO was born in Japan, grew up in the US and currently teaches poetry at the University of Nottingham. Lila co-runs Front Horse, a magazine and performance night of poetry, music, and art, and convenes the Nottingham Poetry Exchange. Urn and Drum, her first poetry collection, is published by Shearsman Books in 2018.

Rachael Allen says: “The world within Urn & Drum is a cornucopia of shapes, colours, and objects, fashioned almost as a gleeful, surreal picture-book; a playful naivety that leads to serious questions of what it means to exist and feel in the world. Through linguistic dexterity and play, [these poems] exclaim heartbreak and test the limits of language in a single line.”

BRYONY BATES is a writer and performer based in Manchester. Her work has been published in Adjacent Pineapple, Ladybeard Magazine and Spoke: A New Queer Anthology from Dog Horn Press. Her debut solo pamphlet, States, was published by Enjoy Your Homes Press in 2017. As a performer, her theatrical credits with Contact Young Company include There Is A Light: Brightlight, 15 Minutes, and She Bangs the Drums.

Zarf Magazine says: “It feels like […] bleakly hard work.”
Bryony Bates says: “Angry sex poetry and flippant bullshit.”

EDWIN STEVENS is from Llanfairfechan, North Wales but now he lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He writes songs and stories. www.liveslowdeath.com

Jessica Higgins says: “I’ve seen this man tattoo his own chest and spill his spirit wildly across a room and no that’s not a euphemism.”

Non-normative Poetry Bookfair

Saturday, April 21 at 12 PM

Bookfair for presses publishing work that pushes through the boundaries of the normal, whether that’s the sociopolitical normal, gender norms, or formal norms of poetry. Presses will be announced as they confirm attendance.

More on Facebook.

Venue is http://www.tchances.com/ a short distance from Seven Sisters station on the Victoria Line

11.00-12.00am set-up.
12.00-7.00pm sale of books with readings on the hour every hour. Each reading will be of around 20 minutes.
7.00pm Music: details to follow
veerbooks@gmail.com

Confirmed so far:
Crater
Veer
Contraband
London Materials/Splinter
Carnaval Press
Knives, Forks and Spoons
Spanner
Tipped Press
homebakedbooks
Hesterglock
Zarf
Stinky Bear Press
Singing Apple Press
Lumin Journal

Also availabe, books from Sad Press and sociopathicdistro

Billy Mills reviews Rosemarie Waldrop’s selected poems

The arc of her technical development is, broadly, from verse poetry to prose poetry, and this is evident here; of the first 70 pages or so, about three quarters is in verse, and for the remainder of the book a similar majority consists of prose texts which have, in appearance on the page, something of the quality of a series of propositions a la Aristotle or Wittgenstein, but here the exploration of language, the world and the relationships between them is worked out in terms that are poetic rather than philosophical.

More HERE

Preview of Vicky Sparrow for the Other Room 10th birthday

Vicky Sparrow will perform alongside Camilla Nelson, Amy De’Ath & Pascal O’Loughlin on 18th April, 7pm at the Other Room. Free entry as ever. It’s our tenth birthday! Here’s part of one of Vicky’s poems and also one of the four posters for the night below that, which shows our readers over the years:

from Big C little c

Test the cold waters of Common Sense
you old pro
your fingertips touch the image
lilac blue stones beneath the skin
and the reeling fishes
who would dance in the shallows were it not for
the looming bulk above
that’s you
compassionate reflection of your losses
losses for all in this blue
seeping cold in your core
a staircase for the fish
your ribs
your sea coloured flag
the dead

MORE

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Veer launch at the CPRC Birkbeck (Buck, Spott, Hazell, Jenkins)

Veer Books will be holding a launch reading on Monday, March 26th 2018, 7:30-9:00pm, at Birkbeck College, in association with the CPRC Birkbeck (note the new date).

We’ll be launching some new Veer publications, with readings by the authors:

* Paul Buck – RECOLLECTION AND MISUNDERSTANDING
* Verity Spott – We Will Bury You
* Calum Hazell – TENDS
* Haley Jenkins – Nekorb (TBC)

Venue: Keynes Library, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck College, London
Time: 7:30-9:00pm

Free and All Welcome. Wine and drinks provided.

 

New Hix Eros review

Hix Eros: Poetry Review is published jointly by Sad Press and Hi Zero.

The latest issue is #8, published in March 2018, covering work by Sean Bonney, Lisa Robertson, Linda Kemp, Lila Matsumoto, Jennifer Pike Cobbing, Mike Saunders, Holly Pester et al., Sarah Hayden, Nicky Melville, Sophie Mayer, Calum Gardner, Juha Virtanen, Jèssica Pujol, Millie Guille, Sophie Seita, Caitlín Doherty, Corina Copp, Eleanor Perry, Daisy Lafarge, Vala Thorrods, JH Prynne, Colin Herd, and Peter Manson.

LINK

Ern Malley: a celebration

TUESDAY 13th MARCH 2018 at 8pm, at The Handyman Supermarket (a bar and microbrewery, despite its name), 461 Smithdown Road, South LIVERPOOL, L15 3JL, Phone: 0151 733 7838 (on the 80, 86, 75 and 699 bus routes from the centre of town: get off by the Brookhouse). A Night of Songs (some Malley’s poems set to music by David Whyte and performed by the Ern Malley Orchestra).

The remaining poems read by Liverpool poets and Australian writers on video. ‘The Ern Malley Suite’ by Robert Sheppard (from Twitters for a Lark) AND (later, party-time!) Sounds of the Down-Underground with DJ Frank Scenario.