Bergvall reading 2008
The QMUL Centre for Poetry is thrilled to invite you to a three-day world poetry festival, celebrating the diversity of local and global poetic traditions in London’s East End, to be held at Queen Mary University of London, 13-15 November 2015.
Performers include Linton Kwesi Johnson, Daljit Nagra, M. NourbeSe Philip, Myung Mi Kim, Kaiser Haq, Caroline Bergvall, Samira Negrouche, Agnes Agboton, Anthony Joseph, Avaes Mohammed, Siddhartha Bose, Aisling Fahey, Pangaea Poetry, Ladies of the Press, Ross Sutherland, Theo Chiotis, Hannah Silva, Andra Simons, Shama Rahman, Miriam Nash, Michael Vidon, Gareth Evans, and Elaine Mitchener.
Programme and booking information on the QMUL Centre for Poetry website: http://www.poetry.qmul.ac.uk/events/globeroad/152563.html. Almost all events are free but booking is essential.
adv. £5 / £6/7 on door
8pm // TUESDAY 7th OCT
24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool
Drift takes you on a journey through time and space, where languages mix, where the ancient cohabits with the present.
Internationally renowned writer and performer Caroline Bergvall teams up with the Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach, Swiss visual artist and programmer Thomas Köppel and Swiss dramaturge Michel Pralong for this unique and extraordinary performance concert. Using live voice, live percussion and 3D text treatments, they create a dense, moveable and abstract universe of drifting, shifting, sounding language mass. An intensely hypnotic work.
Drift invents a language of connections and of extremes: from Anglo-Saxon and ancient Nordic seafaring literature to rare pop songs to human rights reports of contemporary sea migrants’ disaster. A complex and haunting meditation on sea travel, exile and history. A contemporary elegy.
Inspired by the anonymous Anglo-Saxon poem The Seafarer, Drift was originally commissioned for the festival lost.last.gru by Grü/Transtheatre, Geneva. It recently opened Shorelines Festival of the Sea, Southend-on-Sea, to great acclaim.
Thank heaven for Caroline Bergvall, an artist and poet pushing the boundaries of language in a blogged-up and twittering world.
– The Guardian
This is a truly international show and the premiere of DRIFT in the UK – make sure you can say that you were there!
– Rachel Lichtenstein, writer and curator of Shorelines
Caroline Bergvall brings her extraordinary new collaborative work DRIFT to London’s Southbank Centre (Purcell Room) as part of Poetry International. 17th July, 18:00 start.
Presented by Penned in the Margins with Sound and Music
Drift takes you on a journey through time and space, where languages mix, where live percussion meets live voice, where the ancient cohabits with the present. Ancient tales of exile and love re-emerge to shadow today’s lives and losses.
Internationally renowned performer Caroline Bergvall teams up with experimental Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach and Swiss visual artist Thomas Köppel and together they invent a language of extremes: from the ancient pool of English and Nordic poetry to the lyrics of pop songs and damning human rights reports into contemporary sea migrants’ disaster. The 3D treatment of the texts by Köppel transforms the narrative into a dense, abstract canvas of drifting language mass, enhancing the hypnotic quality of the work. It also acts as a reminder of the endless changes undergone by the English language in its many histories.
Drift was originally commissioned for the festival lost.las.gru by Gru/Transtheatre, Geneva.
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.
OUT NOW from Plymouth University Press or via Amazon
PoemTalk episode 64 – a conversation about Caroline Bergvall’s “Via” with David Wallace, Laynie Browne, and Amaris Cuchanski. “Via” consists of 47 English translations of the opening tercet of Dante’s Inferno.
THE DARK WOULD language art anthology
Launch at Whitechapel Gallery 11April, 7.30-9 pm
Join us in the Whitechapel Gallery, London, for the launch of a pioneering anthology of text artists and poets, with talks/readings by artist Simon Patterson and poets Caroline Bergvall and Tony Lopez.
THE DARK WOULD gathers work by over 100 contributors including some of the most noted artists and poets alive today: Richard Long, Jenny Holzer, Fiona Banner, Maggie O’ Sullivan, Tacita Dean, Tom Phillips, Tom Raworth, Nja Mahdaoui, Lawrence Weiner, Susan Hiller, Tsang Kin-Wah, Charles Bernstein and many, many more.
This is a moment in time when poets and many artists share the same primary material: language. Conceptual art, vispo, text art, outsider art, conceptual poetry, flarf, concrete poetry, live art, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, sound scores… THE DARK WOULD is a compelling document of now, alchemising text into art into text.
To order tickets go here.
THE DARK WOULD comes in two volumes, one paper and one virtual, sold both together for £29.99, published by Apple Pie Editions.