The New Concrete: July 2015
A really ambitious program curated by Chris McCabe and Victoria Bean, editors of the anthology the New Concrete, for the launch of the book at the Whitechapel Gallery on July 25th. Over three hours of kinetic poems and performances - screenings, readings and more. It was a really generous, communal atmosphere, good to see old friends and meet quite a few poets I have long admired but had yet to encounter in person.
I really wanted to follow my more conceptual performances at Tate Modern and Cafe Oto recently with something similarly performative and distinct, and thoughts of how one might perform a concrete poem led my to Lego. I had only the specifics of the ideas on the morning of the performance, so after rushing to a Lego shop and dropping more money than Id thought Id need to on the bricks, I had only one chance to practise making the letters, in a coffee shop next to the gallery itself. In the end, it went nicely, I managed to stay within the 4 minute limit.
Stateland: February 2015
Curated by Gareth Evans, Chris McCabe and I were invited to read the American poets Frank O'Hara and Alfred Starr Hamilton to tie in with this remarkable screening of contemporary American art filmmaking. Amazing to have poetry juxtaposed with experimental film, and to have the chance to read legendary poet's work. http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/events/stateland-american-artists-filmmaking-now/
Modes of Aberrant Research: August 2014
Really pleased to be part of this event with brilliant artists, reading my experimental story MueuM for the first time in public after it was White Review prize nominated in 2014. I wore my museum uniform, the blue shirt I had worn while working at a major London museum for seven years while barking out the story with accidental resentment.
Performance: Modes of Aberrant Research
Thursday 7th August, 7pm: An evening of deviant anecdotes, radical storytelling and narrative segues through archives, collections and institutions. Through experimental fiction, multi-media performance and voice-driven texts, five artists and writers, including SJ Fowler, Patrick Coyle, Holly Pester and Kreider + O’Leary, examine the subject’s status as agitator, witness and unwitting member of memory institutes.