Boooook Laaaaaaunch

Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH. 5 Nov 2015. 7:00 pm | Theatre | £5.00

An evening of performance, music and film in the ICA Theatre in celebration of concrete and sound poet Bob Cobbing (1920 – 2002). Featuring performances from Paula Claire, Will Holder, Hugh Metcalfe with Oscar Gaynor and Henrik Heinonen, Holly Pester and David Toop, audio interruptions by Heather Phillipson and screenings of films by Bob Cobbing.

This event marks the launch of Boooook: Bob Cobbing (Rosie Cooper, William Cobbing, Occasional Papers, 2015) Boooook addresses all aspects of Cobbing’s rich career, with new essays detailing his key roles in Better Books, London Film-makers’ Co-op and the abAna trio, as well as his involvement in the Destruction in Art Symposium, Fylkingen and Writers Forum.

Make Perhaps This Out Sense of Can You

A Free Symposium on Bob Cobbing. Chelsea College of Arts (Banqueting Suite). 10:00- 18:00, Thursday 21 May.

Make Perhaps This Out Sense of Can You contextualises Cobbing’s work as a concrete poet as well as looking at his legacy as an organiser. The day is built around concerns that continue to be relevant today, such as the value of artist-led publishing initiatives, archiving artist collections, and the intersections between art, poetry, literature and music. More details can be found at Robert Sheppard’s site.

The Text Festivals: Language Art and Material Poetry


The Text Festivals: Language Art and Material Poetry edited by Tony Lopez

It is a remarkable phenomenon that the foremost among recent sites of this interrogation of boundaries has been a series of festivals located in Bury, on the outskirts of Greater Manchester. World leading artists and poets have been brought together in a range of exhibitions and performances that demonstrate a new and productive collision of different cultural enterprises and expectations. Among those shown at the Text Festivals are Fiona Banner, derek beaulieu, Caroline Bergvall, Joseph Beuys, Christian Bok, Brass Art, Marcel Broodthaers, Pavel Buchler, Augusto de Campos, Zeynep Cansu, Henri Chopin, Bob Cobbing, Liz Collini, Philip Davenport, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hamish Fulton, Eugen Gomringer, Robert Grenier, Alan Halsey, Alexander Jorgenson, Satu Kaikonen, Martin Kippenburger, Karri Kokko, Marton Koppany, On Kawara, Helmut Lemke, Richard Long, Tony Lopez, Jackson Mac Low, Hansjorg Mayer, Steve Miller, Kerry Morrison, Maurizio Nannucci, Patrick Fabian Panetta, Holly Pester, Tom Philips, Shaun Pickard, Kate Pickering, Hester Reeve (HRH.the), Spencer Roberts, Ed Ruscha, Ron Silliman, Mary Ellen Solt, Magda Stawarska-Beavan, Harald Stoffers, Carolyn Thompson, Nick Thurston, Aysegul Tozeren, TNWK, Tony Trehy, Nico Vasilakis, Carol Watts, Lawrence Weiner, George Widener, Ming Wong, and Eric Zboya. Artists, poets and curators working in these overlapping fields have written this book. It includes new essays by Tony Trehy (director of the Text Festivals), derek beaulieu, Christian Bok, Liz Collini, James Davies, Philip Davenport, Robert Grenier, Alan Halsey, Tony Lopez, Holly Pester, Hester Reeve (HRH.the), Carolyn Thompson, and Carol Watts.

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ABC in Sound

Curated by William Cobbing and Rosie Cooper

Opening Tuesday 8 October 2013, 6–8pm

Exhibition 9 October–22 November 2013

Exhibition Research Centre
Art and Design Academy
Liverpool John Moores University
Duckinfield Street
Liverpool L3 5RD
T 0151 904 1216

ABC in Sound is an exhibition about the pioneering British concrete and sound poet Bob Cobbing (1920-2002). Highlighting his personal collection, ABC in Sound represents the first opportunity to discover these documents, books, films, prints and sound pieces.

Cobbing is best known for his performed works in which language is anarchically stretched through the deployment of shouts, groans and hisses, interspersed between more recognisable tracts of spoken word. The exhibition will feature such recordings as the seminal ‘ABC in Sound’, made in 1964 for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, as well as recorded performances for Fylkingen Records in Stockholm, and the anarchic noise ensembles Birdyak and abAna. It will also include some of the innumerable publications and printed works that he made: visual scores involving pages of collaged words, often distorted on specialist printing presses, blurring the distinction between decipherable text and abstract imagery, the validity of the written word chaotically dismantled. He made one such work for the 1966 Destruction in Art Symposium live on stage, running the stencil for the symposium’s press release through a duplicating machine until it broke up.

more HERE