Tony Trehy appeared on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb yesterday, talking about The Language of Lists, part of the Bury Text Festival. You can listen to the broadcast for another six days on BBC iPlayer. The Language of Lists runs until 9th July. More details here.
Bury Art Museum and Bury Sculpture Centre, Moss St., Bury, BL9 0DF.
Friday 2nd May 2014 / 7.00pm.
A first chance to see the Text Festival exhibitions and experience the new Bury Sculpture Centre in the company of many of the Festival artists.
The Text Festival in Bury is an internationally recognised event investigating contemporary language art (poetry, text art, sound and media text, live art), curated by Tony Trehy.
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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A preview event at London’s Poetry Library for a new, pioneering anthology of text artists and poets ‘The Dark Would’, which includes work by over 100 contributors including Richard Long, Fiona Banner, Charles Bernstein and many more, with readings and a panel discussion by artists and poets. Chairing the discussion and fielding audience questions is ‘The Dark Would’ editor Philip Davenport and curator Tony Trehy. More at the Poetry Library site.
Installed this month on the Irwell Sculpture Trail, Tony Lopez‘s new text work After. This is one of three inscribed plaques installed in Radcliffe, Lancashire, along a footpath and a canal towpath near Radcliffe Metrolink Tram Station, part of the work After, also known as The Scattered Poem, a holocaust memorial piece that Tony has been planning for the last few years.
Ron Silliman’s Bury Text, part of the 2011 Text Festival exhibition, has now been installed at Bury Metrolink station. More about the project at Tony Trehy’s blog.
Via Tony Trehy:
Guest curators Helen Kaplinsky & Maurice Carlin of Reading for Reading’s Sake bring New York based Rainer Ganahl to the Transport Museum. Ganahl, who represented Austria in the 1999 Venice Biennale, arrives on Wednesday though installation of his exhibition at the Bury Transport Museum starts on Monday. Ganahl has ambitious plans to create various works this week including two films. The show is called Engels…Engels…Engels and is an investigation through videos, assemblage, photos and prints of “The Condition of the Working Class in England” (1844).
As part of the project Ganahl will facilitate Engels seminars on the 18th (6:30-8:30pm), 19th (2-4pm) and 20th (6:30-8:30pm) May at Bury Transport Museum. No prior reading required but to book email email@example.com. The artist will also present a talk on Thurs 19th May 6pm at Islington Mill.
The Text Festival weekend launches in Bury on Saturday morning – details of the exhibitions attached – opening performances by
11.00 am Marco Giovenale (from Italy)
11.20 Helen White and Moniek Darge (from Belgium)
11.45 Márton Koppány (from Hungary)
Sarah Sanders will do a spontaneous performance sometime in the morning (when the moment is right)
Helmut Lemke and Hans Specht will perform a durational conversational artwork from about 11.15 am for 4 hours.
From Tony Trehy:
Call for submissions for inclusion in a CD of language/text-based responses to the great contemporary composer Luigi Nono. The works will also be featured in a sound art exhibition in October-November as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
If you would like to be part of this project get in touch with me.
Deadline: 15 September
For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Text Festival partnership with the Live Art Development Agency call for participants:
A found-live-language speaking choir, based on a 3 1/2-day intensive collaborative workshop to explore techniques of gathering, creating forms with and improvising live with found language.
Who can apply?
DIY is a scheme for artists working in Live Art. However, many of the DIY projects are relevant to artists who are interested in Live Art/performance but may not have an extensive track-record of Live Art practice.
Deadline and notification
The DIY projects have an application deadline of Friday 16 July, 2010. If you would like to take part in this DIY project (or one of the others featured on the LADA website) you need to contact the DIY project leader and submit your application to them.
Each project has slightly different selection methods – most often you will be asked to submit a cv or biography and a short statement. You should check each project description carefully to work out what is required for your submission. If in doubt, email the lead artist as early as possible with a question to clarify what is required.
The lead artist will respond to your submission and let you know if you have been accepted to participate. They will usually do this within a week of the deadline. Sometimes they will request further information to help them work out if the project is right for you.
The deadline for submission is 16 July. We encourage you however to make your submission at any time leading up to the deadline.
How much does DIY cost?
Generally DIY projects are free to take part in; however, for some projects you will be asked to contribute to the cost of food and other direct expenses. Mostly you will also be asked to cover your own travel costs to and from the place where the project is taking place. Some projects provide participants for specified costs such as travel.
Fiona Templeton is a poet, director, performance/installation artist and teacher. She is director of the performance group, The Relationship, based in New York and London, which specialises in site-specific work, innovative language and exploring relations to the audience. Books and performances include The Medead (a performance epic), L’Ile (a citywide performance commissioned for Lille 2004), You-The City (an intimate Manhattanwide play for an audience of one), Cells of Release (an installation in an abandoned penitentiary), Delirium of Interpretations (on Camille Claudel), and Mum in Airdrie (poetry). Her current work involves Bluebeard and ventriloquism.
www.fionatempleton.org / www.therelationship.org
Project proposals and submissions are invited – in any artform (sound, media, poetry, visual art, etc) using language in innovative ways. As I have mentioned over the last few months the shape of the next festival has been forming, with some great things in place already. There are more venues and new approaches. In addition to the open call, you can submit ideas in response to 4 projected exhibition themes:
or by mail to
Bury Art Gallery
Via Tony Trehy
Manchester’s Piccadilly Metro station features a set of nine lightboxes facing the platforms which are devoted to display of artworks. Originally part of the Text Festival but delayed due to engineering works, the station has just reopened with text works selected by Tony Trehy supported by the Hamilton Project.
Tony Trehy reads at The Other Room, 25th October 2009. Apologies for the technical difficulties. Tony eventually does emerge gloriously from the mist.
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Thanks to Richard Barrett for his review of our extra event at the Oxjam festival. Read Richard’s Review here.
Sunday 25thOctober, 1.45 pm. Part of the Oxjam festival.
Apotheca, 75-77 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1FS.
Admission is free, but a donation to Oxjam is suggested.
Readers: Stuart Calton, James Davies and Tony Trehy.
Steve Rawling has interviewed Tony Trehy for the BBC about The Language Moment, his proposal to develop an international language festival featuring many of the world’s leading poets, sound and media artists. This would take place in Manchester in 2012. Read more about The Language Moment on Tony’s blog, here.
The Other Room will be presenting an extra event on Sunday 25th October as part of the Oxjam festival. The venue is Apotheca in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and the start is scheduled for 1 PM. We will have three readers:
As part of the Exhibition Not At This Address (1 August – 7 November), Bury Art Gallery presents an evening of new performances from four of Manchester’s most active Sound Artists working today. If not this is a survey of works that explores sound in performance, crossing the terrain where music and sound often meet inside and outside of Contemporary Art.
Ben Gwilliam performs ‘molto semplice e cantabile’ a new work for ice records and turntables on the relationship between opus 111 and listening descriptions. Helmut Lemke will perform a durational piece specifically for the gallery that utilises live sound and amplification. Lee Patterson will present a new work containing pre-recorded and improvised elements, where the recordings used are sourced from wire fences in Birtle and within bodies of water in the Bury Metropolitan area. Matt Wand will probably perform ‘I owe it to the girls’.
Bury Art Gallery
Friday 4 September
In the ancient Olympics poetry was a key part of the celebration of athletic achievement. The 21st Century Olympiad has become a symbol of developing global friendship and so needs again to celebrate the importance of languages in world dialogue. The idea of “The Language Moment” is to create an international gathering of the world’s most innovative artists who use language – from web artists to poets, sound artists to sculptors. The event will include performances, exhibitions, films, readings, sound and media installations, internet projects, broadcasts, public art commissions, publications, schools and community events. It aims to create a moment in which language itself becomes the vehicle for celebration.
Via Tony Trehy
Sean Bonney and Frances Kruk gave us a magnificent evening on 5th August. Tony Trehy‘s photograph of Sean and Frances above.
Richard Barrett has posted more photographs here.
Alex Davies recorded the first half and you can listen to that here.
Thanks to all for these resources and thank you again to Sean, Frances and everyone who came along.