Total Recall exhibition at Bury Art Gallery

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TOTAL RECALL 1 August — 3 October, 2015 

BURY ART MUSEUM

Moss St, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0DR, United Kingdom

How do you remember the people who are important to you? How do you conjure your shared past? Is it in an image, a sound, a smell, a touch? Or do you use words?

We invited world-leading poets and text-artists to make a language-memory for Tony Trehy, who has directed the internationally renowned Text Festival at Bury Art Museum since 2005. This exhibition celebrates a 10-year anniversary of the Festival and a 20-year anniversary of Tony’s time at Bury. Writing on a wall, an Internet search, a diary entry, a flurry of thoughts … what is remembering and who is it for?

Tony Trehy has been the ring-leader of decade-long conversations, new opportunities, challenges and heated debates. Each of his four Text Festivals has added to a continuing dialogue between language and art. Every Text Festival has asked the audience a simple-but-complex question: How do I read?

Into the historic space of Bury Art Museum, Trehy has injected text that is a new ‘language art’ for the 21st Century. Bury was once the centre of paper-making in Britain, now it is a pioneer of language-making, with its Text Archive welcoming readers from all over the world.

TOTAL RECALL is a guerrilla makeover, an A4 invasion of reading into the larger narrative of looking. Unlike the street signs outside, these are not corporate instructions or sales pitches; they are antidotes. Walls, vitrine, archival box—nary a “book” to be found, but a heap of language left in memory.

TOTAL RECALL includes work by local, national and international text-based artists and poets: angela rawlings, Alan Halsey, Barrie Tullett, Carolyn Thompson, Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim, Darren Marsh, derek beaulieu, Emma Cocker, Eric Zboya, Erica Baum, Jaap Blonk, James Davies, Jayne Dyer, Jesse Glass, Karri Kokko, Kristen Mueller, Lawrence Weiner, Leanne Bridgewater, Liz Collini, Lucy Harvest Clarke, Marco Giovenale, Márton Koppány, Matt Dalby, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Paula Claire, Penny Anderson, Peter Jaeger, Philip Davenport, Rachel Defay-Liautard, Robert Grenier, Ron Silliman, Satu Kaikkonen, Sarah Sanders, Seekers of Lice, Stephen Emmerson, Steve Giasson, Steve Miller, Tom Jenks, and Tony Lopez.

— derek beaulieu and Phil Davenport, Curators

if p then q Christmas sale now on

The if p then q Christmas sale is now on. All books below are available via Lulu with decent postage rates overseas. The more you buy the less the postage!  See if p then q – http://www.ifpthenq.co.uk for more details on the titles

David Berridge, Bring the Thing – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Lucy Harvest Clarke, Silveronda – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Derek Henderson, Thus & – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Tom Jenks, A Priori – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Tom Jenks, (*) Star – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Tom Jenks, Items – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Holly Pester, Hoofs – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

seekers of lice, Encyclops. – WAS £4.00 NOW £3.20 LINK

Philip Terry, Advanced Immorality – WAS £8.00 NOW £4.80 LINK

Chrissy Williams, Epigraphs WAS £4.00 NOW £3.20 LINK

Marcus Slease – Rides

“There is only seeing and, in order to go to see, one must be a pirate” said Kathy Acker. This is pirate literature. On a train. Partly inspired by Ted Berrigan’s Train Ride from 1971, Rides has a reality hunger. A mash up of memories and  observations on train rides all over the U.K. Out now on Blart Books.

BABA, Lucy Harvest Clarke

“There is much else to admire in this work which is deeply engaged in poetic tradition at the same time as it radically reinvents it; offering a precise, completely integrated diction that is expressive without becoming sentimental or egotistical, and intelligently discriminating without becoming abstract. Harvest Clarke’s achievement here certainly puts her in the top flight of lyric poets working in the UK today, and her work deserves the widest possible audience.”

Scott Thurston reviews BABA by Lucy Harvest Clarke at Stride.