Tamarin Norwood: what the point is : the end of the line

25 September at 18:00. 171 Deptford High Street, London, SE8 3NU.

what the point is : the end of the line is an essay in sculptural form, composed of drawing, video and assembled objects. This new body of artwork develops a chain of analogies between the tip of the pen/cil, the first person singular, the line of sight and the I-beam cursor. It asks: how is the object answered by its representation, and how is the subject consoled by it?

The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of events drawing upon the artist’s parallel writing practice.

Friday 25 September 6-9pm
Opening Event: A screening of short video works with readings of recent texts by the artist, compiled to examine gesture and pictorial figuration in drawing and writing.

Saturday 3 October 4-6pm
Launch of a limited edition publication created as an artwork in counterpoint to the exhibition. The artist book is introduced with new writing by Nico de Oliveira and Nicola Oxley.

Friday 30 October 6-9pm
Closing Event: Tamarin Norwood discusses her work with exhibition curators Nico de Oliveira and Nicola Oxley, addressing the works on show as they intersect with her wider project of studio research.

Their eyes travel across the pages and their hearts search out meaning

Saturday 26th April at 18:00–19:30. Goldsmiths’ Reading Room, Senate House Library, Russell Square, London, WC1E 7HU

Join Eros Press for an evening of readings and performances at Senate House Library, in association with Domobaal Gallery and The Jarman Film Lab.

Neil Chapman | Peter Jaeger | Rebecca La Marre | Tamarin Norwood | Holly Pester

Convened by Sami Jalili and Sharon Kivland, with Mura Ghosh.

£10 | Ticket price includes a limited edition publication produced for the event. To purchase, please visit: http://erosjournal.co.uk/product/senate-house-event

Withdrawn, intent, deaf and blind to the world, readers commune in silence. They scan and internalise, mouths made defunct in the passage of knowledge, and yet it was not always thus. Saint Augustine marvelled at the way Saint Ambrose read: ‘His eyes travelled across the pages and his heart searched out the meaning, but his voice and tongue stayed still.’ There is a certain amount of argument surrounding the exact moment in antiquity that the text became ingested in silence. Alberto Manguel, among others, suggests that this ‘silent perusal of the page’ was not commonplace until the tenth century. Did we lose something else, along with the innocence of our reading habits? In putting our ears away, as Nietzsche
would have it, did we too lose our voice – ‘all the crescendos, inflections, variations of tone and changes of tempo in which the ancient public world took pleasure’?
Silence is the law of the library, even in a place of such theatrical potential as the Goldsmiths’ Reading Room. In the wings though, in the private monastic spaces of its study carrels, where a reader’s lips can flutter away in a whisper, unheard, loud voices might muster. On the 26th of April, that potential will be realised, as six invited readers will make themselves heard in the silence of the public space. Emerging one by one from the privacy of their cells they will proclaim the meaning that their hearts have searched out.


Mopher, where performance, art, writing, poetry, voice, concept and sound meet to wither and perish in order to rise again as something else, more than the sum of its parts. Mopha is a singular art performance / live poetry collective made up of six of the UK’s most accomplished artists / poets – Holly Pester, Patrick Coyle, Emma Bennett, SJ Fowler, James Wilkes and Tamarin Norwood.

Eschewing and mulching the multiple genres of live art and experimental writing, Moffa will premiere it’s work in 2014 at multiple venues in multiple forms.

Exploring notions of fractured speech, aberrant theatre, surreal vocality, performativity and audience expectation, improvisation and its tropes, compressed communication, humour and bleak irony, Moffer aims to create powerful immediate, arresting and unique works of performance that are mindful, and responsive, to their construction and contextual environment. Wholly collaborative and essentially collective, the works of Moffar will pool and mutate the already adept live practices of six powerful performers into a uncommon mesh of theatre, art and poetry.


Hardy Tree readings, Enemies exhibition closing night

Readings from The Hardy Tree Gallery, St Pancras which took place on the closing night of the Enemies exhibition, 20th July 2013

Tamarin Norwood http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtE2sBTai1A

Sandeep Parmar & James Byrne http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUhLczT7Wl4

James Davies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUyGoEE94UQ

Tom Jenks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ5Kmy4UMxk

Ensemble collaborative reading & Goodbye http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6yJ3m5x4rs

Art (and/or?) Writing

Via Tamarin Norwood:

Keeping Time Again

At the end of our year-long collaborative residency between Italy and the UK, we’re celebrating with screening and discussion events in London and Abruzzo. I’ve been working with Italian pianist Rossella Rubini to produce a new video artwork called ‘Keeping Time Again’.
Friday 31 May, 7pm in Abruzzo, Italy
Friday 7 June, Central Saint Martins, King’s Cross London N1C 4AA

Musica Practica at Platform33
Following its performances at Tate Britain and Modern Art Oxford, my conducting piece ‘Musica Practica’ is returning to London as part of Platform33’s biggest event to date. As it’s P33 I’ll be giving an informal talk about my work over the course of the evening, along with conductor Anthony Weeden. Details and other contributors here:
Sunday 2 June, 4pm at King’s Place, London N1 9AG

Dawn Chorus on twitter
Next weekend I’m one of seven writers each stationed at a National Trust property for the night, up before dawn to lead a mass observation on Twitter. An original idea of Natasha Vicars, the project was developed through the Live Art Development Agency DIY initiative, and this will be its third iteration. (yes that really is 2:45 in the morning)
Sunday 9 June, 2:45am-5am on twitter: #dawnchorus

Keeping Time – Tamarin Norwood

Through a short residency at Modern Art Oxford (31st January – 19th February), Tamarin Norwood will explore the Legacy Fellowship to develop a visual vocabulary of choreography, instruction and transcription. As part of her ongoing investigation of the gaps between words and things, rules and games, intentions and accidents, she will track the progress of the Fellowship to create a new body of text and video work.

Art and Writing events Sept – Oct

Friday 23 – Sunday 25 September, 11-6pm daily
Whitechapel Gallery, London
London Art Book Fair: Wild Pansy Press Portable Reading Room

“‘Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear?’: a new work by Tamarin Norwood will be installed in the Portable Reading Room. Visitors are invited to contribute to a catalogue of popular reason, responding to questions drawn from the lyrics of popular songs.”

Sunday 25 September, 4-6pm
The Mews Project Space, 15C Osborn Street, London E1
Artists Books Weekend

or-bits.com presents “On The Upgrade”, a new limited edition series in a box.
Contains new commissioned printed works by Patrick Coyle, Benedict Drew, Jamie George, Tamarin Norwood, Damien Roach and David Rule, each of which has been conceived as an extension of the work previously produced for the website.”

Wednesday 28 September, 6-8pm
Format at PMS Watershed, Bristol
Tamarin Norwood: Artist Talk

“Tamarin Norwood is an artist and writer. Her work addresses the possibility of reciprocation between art and writing; practice and everyday life; production and circulation. Projects usually take the form of performance, objects or text. In her talk she will suggest a few ways of framing her practice, discuss her methods and influences, and present some untested work for discussion.”

Saturday 8 October 12-5pm
Spike Island, Bristol
LemonMelon Press at The Artists’ Books and Zine Fair

“’Limonade es war alles so grenzenlos.’ was one of Franz Kafka’s last sentences in his Aus den Gesprächsblättern published in Briefe 1902–1924. Cixous’s translation of Kafka’s sentence ‘Lemonade everything was so infinite.’ forms the basis of a series of seven titles written by seven different writers / artists – David Berridge, Julia Calver, Emma Cocker, Rachel Lois Clapham, Marit Münzberg, Tamarin Norwood and Mary Paterson.”

Saturday 15 October, 7pm
RichMix, Bethnal Green Rd London
Maintenant Poetry IX: The Camarade Project

“Nine pairs of Britain’s most vital poets read original collaborations, specifically written in partnership for this event: Chris McCabe & Tom Jenks, Jack Underwood & Sam Riviere, Holly Pester & Patrick Coyle, Tamarin Norwood & Emily Critchley, Tom Chivers & Ben Borek, James Wilkes & Ghazal Mosadeq, Sean Bonnery & Jeff Hilson, Tim Aitkins & Marcus Slease, James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar. With Latvian, Macedonian, Russian poets Ilya Kaminsky, Igor Isakovski, Lidija Dimkovska, Anna Auzina, Karlis Verdins.”

Saturday 22 October, 2-5pm
Tate Britain, London
BP Saturdays: Going Public
Tamarin Norwood: Doing Words with Things

“Encounter a collaborative visual conversation between a BSL poet and a sculptor of wire who are engaged in a series of symmetrical exchanges, leaving bundles of conversation discarded throughout the gallery.”

Saturday 15 October – Saturday 5 November
Soundfjord, London
Cast and Figment, curated by Matthew Mackisack

Including a re-broadcast and live discussion of my radio work “Musica Practica”, first broadcast on 1 and 5 February 2010 on Resonance 104.4FM.

The Inscription of Art and Everyday Life, published May 2011 in activate (Issue 1, Vol 1.)


Tamarin Norwood: a preview

Tamarin will be performing at the next Other Room on 20th July. She describes herself and her work as follows:

“Tamarin Norwood is an artist and writer. Her work addresses the possibility of reciprocation between art and writing; practice and everyday life; production and circulation. Projects usually take the form of performance, objects or text. Tamarin holds first class bachelor’s degrees from Oxford University (2004) and Central Saint Martins (2007) in Italian & Linguistics and Fine Art respectively and gained her master’s degree in Art Writing at Goldsmiths (2010).”

For a wide range of samples from her work, visit Tamarin’s website. You can also watch her June 2011 Maintenant Slovakia reading at the Rich Mix in London’s Brick Lane, her “illustrated performative talk” What To Do at the Roehampton Institute and a performance of her Musica Practica at Tate Britain on YouTube.

Previews of Chris Goode and Jonny Liron to follow.

The Other Room 26 – 20th July

A one month advance notification of our next event at The Old Abbey Inn on Manchester Science Park, featuring Chris Goode, Jonny Liron and Tamarin Norwood. Entry to The Other Room is always free, but you can RSVP us at http://theotherroom.eventbrite.com/ if you’d like to let us know that you are coming. There will, as always, be a book table loaded with publications from not only the readers themselves but also other magazines, books and objects from the north west’s ever expanding avant small publishing scene. Details of our three performers below. Previews of each performer will appear here over the next month.


Chris Goode is a writer and experimental maker who has been described by the Guardian as “British theatre’s greatest maverick talent”. Recent projects include OPEN HOUSE for West Yorkshire Playhouse, KEEP BREATHING for London Word Festival, WHERE YOU STAND for Queer Up North, GLASS HOUSE for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, WHO YOU ARE for Tate Modern, and KISS OF LIFE for Sydney Opera House. He was also a member of the international touring cast of Tim Crouch’s multi-award-winning play THE AUTHOR. As a poet he has published three chapbooks with Barque Press, and was featured in the Chicago Review British Poetry issue in 2007. He released THE HISTORY OF AIRPORTS: Selected texts for performance 1995-2009′ through his own Ganzfeld imprint, and has now edited an anthology of younger poets, ‘BETTER THAN LANGUAGE’, which will be published in July 2011. He has been blogging at Thompson’s Bank of Communicable Desire (http://beescope.blogspot.com) since 2006. Chris is an Artsadmin Associate Artist.


Jonny Liron is an experimental writer and performer. His performances include: with Chris Goode: Hey Mathew (Theatre in the Mill, Bradford), King Pelican (Drum Theatre, Plymouth), Glass House (Deloitte Ignite ’09 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden) and, as associate artist, The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley (Queer Up North / UK tour); and with Jeremy Hardingham: Recovery (Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, Cambridge) and Experience Dante (siteresponsive, various Cambridge locations).


Tamarin Norwood is an artist and writer. She has recently performed at Tate Britain, for the Maintenant poetry series and for the London Word Festival, and is completing an artist residency at the Chisenhale Gallery, London. Her first artist book “DO SOMETHING” was published by (U)LS in 2009. She has since published issues I-VI of art writing pamphlet “Text As” (Press, 2010) and her forthcoming book “was” will be published next year (LemonMelon Press). Recent critical and experimental texts on the blurring of art/life and words/things have appeared in activate Journal, a-n magazine, Cannon and for the Live Art Development Agency. In 2008 she co-founded art writing platform antepress with whom she has produced live and printed work for the ICA, Whitechapel Gallery, Art on the Underground and Resonance 104.4FM. She has taught art writing workshops at Central St Martins and has spoken on language and translation in her artwork at Spike Island, Cambridge University and SE8 Gallery. Tamarin holds first class degrees from Oxford University (2004) and Central Saint Martins (2007) in Linguistics & Medieval Italian and Fine Art respectively, and gained her MFA in Art Writing at Goldsmiths (2010). More at http://www.tamarinnorwood.co.uk

Tamarin Norwood: Art / Writing in June and July

In addition to her Other Room reading on 20th July, you can find Tamarin Norwood at the following places over the next couple of months:


Convergence: Literary Art Exhibitions
Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
16 June – 6 August (opening 16 June, 6-8pm)

This exhibition will show how reading and interpreting literature is – in diverse ways – at the core of some of the most renowned contemporary artists’ practices: Allotrope, antepress, Julie Bacon, Ecke Bonk, Pavel Büchler, Davide Cascio, Tacita Dean, Cerith Wyn Evans, Maria Fusco, Kenneth Goldsmith, Rodney Graham, Joanna Karolini, Sean Lynch, Simon Morris, Brian O’Doherty, Michalis Pichler,Tim Rollins, Andrea Theis, Nick Thurston and Eric Zboya. Curated by Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes.

Maintenant Slovakia in association with Literature across Frontiers & Arc Publications
Rich Mix, London
Saturday 18 June, 7pm

Ivan Štrpka – Mila Haugova – Marcus Slease – Tamarin Norwood – Jonty Tiplady – Colin Herd – James Wilkes.
Arc Publications’ Six Slovak Poets includes work by a generation who started publishing in the 1960s, who lived through the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and saw the 1993 division of the country give birth to today’s Slovak Republic. Emilia Haugovà and Ivan Štrpka, two of the collection’s contributors, will read alongside half a dozen London-based poets to celebrate the sixth event in the Maintenant series held at the Rich Mix arts centre in London’s Brick Lane. As ever, the Maintenant series will advocate a diverse selection of poetic methodologies, ages & nationalities – collecting together some of the most interesting poets Europe has to offer.

The Urban Physic Garden
100 Union Street, London SE1 0NL
Friday 22 July, 7-9pm
This summer an Urban Physic Garden will bloom on a slice of neglected London land. The garden will provide a platform for artists, designers, gardeners and health practitioners from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. It will be a place for lively debate – an outside space where a range of people can come together to explore the role of plants in science, health, well-being and the environment, including readings of new poetry commissioned for the garden on 22 July.

activate Journal issue 1, Vol. 1.
Published May 2011
activate is a peer-reviewed electronic journal based in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance at Roehampton University, London. The contributions to the inaugural issue, On the paper floor: exploring writing practices, share a concern with language “not as a text, but, as an event”, as Tim Etchells, the artistic director of Forced Entertainment, has aptly noted (1999, p. 105). This publication’s aim is to explore the notion of writing as a way of performing as well as the ways that performance is being elaborated through linguistic and writing processes; and in this way, to expand the forms and ways that one can “make writing perform” (Pollock 1998, p. 75). Includes my article The Inscription of Art and Everyday Life: How Being Slips into Performance.

Mulberry Tree Press: Partial Fictions
Published May 2011
A collaboration between SE8 (Nicolas de Oliveira, Jonathan Houlding, Nicola Oxley), and St Pierre & Miquelon. This collection of partial fictions is the outcome of a collaborative project on the relationship between objects, location and language. In particular, it is concerned with the translation or transcription that takes place in order to facilitate the passage from one place to another, from the studio and the gallery to the printed page. Includes my antepress collaboration with Patrick Coyle and conductor Anthony Weeden, Getting to the Point.

Maintenant Slovakia

Maintenant Slovakia in association with Literature across Frontiers & Arc Publications

June Saturday 18th 2011 – 7pm – Entrance Free – The Rich Mix arts centre. London
Ivan Štrpka – Mila Haugova – Marcus Slease
Tamarin Norwood – Jonty Tiplady – Colin Herd …

Slovak poets Ivan Štrpka and Mila Haugova will be joined by a half dozen London-based poets to celebrate the sixth event in the Maintenant series held at the Rich Mix arts centre in London’s Brick Lane. As ever, the Maintenant series will advocate a diverse selection of poetic methodologies, ages & nationalities – collecting together some of the most interesting performers Europe has to offer. Further details to follow…


London Word Festival

This started on 7th April and runs until 5th May with some interesting events still to come, including:

Tue 19 Apr

Paul Granjon + FOUND + Ross Sutherland + Nikesh Shukla + Tamarin Norwood + MC Nathan Penlington
featuring Ladies of the Press
Richmix | 7.30pm | £8 adv/£10 door

Tue 3 May
Christian Bök

+ Luke Kennard
+ Maria Fusco
+ Ben Gwalchmai
+ MC Ross Sutherland

Vibe Live | 7.30pm | £6.50 adv/£8 doors

More here.