House without Walls

HOUSE WITHOUT WALLS is an exhibition devised by British visual poet Philip Davenport, featuring art by child refugees, combined with commentary from older members of their community. “A gentle, sideways look at the cost of war, the subtle losses including childhood itself.” Exhibition at Paul Schneider Haus, Spandau, BERLIN 13 Oct-23 Nov.

Davenport is a British visual poet who often works off the page; his work appears in galleries, streets, sound recordings, on objects. He often works with marginalised communities in the U.K. as part of the arthur+martha organisation, collaborating with homeless people and with older people who have dementia.

https://arthur-martha.com

The Homeless Library

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31st January 3pm, the launch of the arthur+martha exhibition ‘The Homeless Library’ at Archives+, Manchester Central Library.
THE HOMELESS LIBRARY is the first history of homelessness in Britain and has been made by contemporary homeless people. Their interviews, artworks and poems have been inscribed into handmade books. The Homeless Library celebrates their determination and insight.

The Homeless Library

The Homeless Library will launch at The Southbank Centre, London with an open poetry and book-making workshop on 9 July, 4pm.

Homeless people have created a first-person history of British homelessness, exhibiting at The Poetry Library, Southbank 9 July-18 September. It includes individual testimonies, poetry and art written in handmade books, lending insight into experiences of Britain’s homeless. Meet the makers and create a handmade book with them, at The Poetry Library, Southbank on 9 July, 4-7pm.

A free 200 page ebook, The Homeless Library, including interviews, poems and artworks has been created as a catalogue for the exhibition and can be downloaded here: http://www.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/586385-the-homeless-library

Launch date: Saturday 9 July
Time: 4-7pm
Price: Free, all welcome
Venue: The Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

0207 921 0943 for further details, or go to http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/the-homeless-library-opening-event-1001672

From the Diaries of John Dee

Apple Pie Editions is delighted to announce the publication of From the Diaries of John Dee.

Poems by Nigel Wood, with images by Alan Halsey.

Mathematician, scholar, astronomer, advisor to Queen Elizabeth I … alchemist, occultist, heretic … John Dee (1527–1608) is one of the most enigmatic figures in British history.

Using material from Dee’s diaries, Nigel Wood has made poems that delve beneath the rumours and mythologies to offer a multifaceted portrait of a man seeking to understand the cosmos and his place within it. Accompanying the poems are visuals by Alan Halsey based on Dee’s transcriptions, charts and diagrams, his attempts to decode and interpret communications from other realms. Together the texts and images undertake a series of parallel explorations of his life and vision, resurrecting Dee with his own words.

isbn 978-1-909388-13-0

2015

78pp  •  paperback  •  £6.99 + £1.17 UK postal order

Book orders to a.halsey@westhousebooks.co.ukPayment by cheque or Paypal

See also: YouTube playlist Footnotes for John Dee

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

The Dark Would film

Curator and poet Philip Davenport introduces ‘The Dark Would’, featuring work from world-leading poets and text artists exploring the maze of living and dying. A variety of works from contributors such as Jenny Holzer, Richard Long, Susan Hiller, Tom Phillips, Simon Patterson, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Tony Lopez, Richard Wentworth, Caroline Bergvall, Lawrence Weiner, Fiona Banner and many others, including outsider artists.