Beautiful to have this footage from a great collaboration in Krakow this past June. Performance art, video art, poetry, theatre, it was a grand pleasure making the work with Tom and Weronika. For more info www.stevenjfowler.com/krakow
A beautiful evening at the Rich Mix, march 28th, with some amazing performances by the 16 poets in 8 pairs over an hour or so of magic. The atmosphere was warm, the work really varied and interesting, and the collaborations a success. You can read all about the evening in depth, and watch all the work, here http://www.theenemiesproject.com/wrogowie/
Milosz and I decided to perform a piece in tribute to our mutual friend Tomaz Salamun. First we wrote a long poem where we exchanged lines of Tomaz's with various conditions placed upon them for us to make small alterations, word switches, and so forth. Then we decided that Milosz would read this poem as I handed out a sheet of paper to the 50 or so people in attendance which asked them not to read the poem that was printed on the page. Then it asked them to read the poem quietly as Milosz and I read quietly, and then to finally read with us, as we read it aloud. It gave me goosebumps, the chorus of voices, reading in near perfect harmony, Tomaz's words. It was beautiful, a fitting farewell.
Celebrating the great modern tradition of Polish & British experimental poetry alongside innovative collaborative practise, this will be an exchange between the increasingly familial nations of Poland and England featuring 16 of the most dynamic poets from those nations. This event will see brand new collaborations between the pairs of poets, asked to work together for the first time, specifically for this event at the Rich Mix Arts Centre.
Elzbieta Wójcik-Leese & Scott Thurston
Wojciech Bonowicz & James Davies
Malgorzata Lebda & Tom Jenks
Milosz Biedrzycki & I
Marek Kazmierski & Stephen Watts
Kamila Pawluś & Lila Matsumoto
Tomasz Mielcarek & Marcus Slease
Tasimbaradzwa Kanyangarara & Nik Way
Wrogowie year two is co-curated by Elzbieta Wójcik-Leese