Sunday, 2 August 2015

TOTAL RECALL // Bury Art Museum

From August 1st (yesterday) until October 3rd I'm participating with my 9 pages piece The Great Treatise for the TEXTfestschrift at the Bury Art Museum.
Derek Beaulieu and Phil Davenport has curated this selection of work that celebrates Tony Trehy's 20 years at Bury Art Museum.

Statement from the curators:

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.

Bury Art Museum
Moss St, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0DR, United Kingdom

Thursday, 30 July 2015

A poem to Phillip Glass

Beautiful project by Barrie Tullett all done with typewriter.
Online version here.

The image above is an extract of the poem, published by NO PRESS, Canada.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The New Concrete // Whitechapel // London

The New Concrete (Visual Poetry in the 21st century) was launched last weekend at Whitechapel Gallery in London, with a series of films, performances and readings.

Amongst the projects to be mentioned was definitely Barrie Tullett's talk and performance A Song For An Art School, influenced by Ursonata by Kurt Schwitters and based upon abbreviations of the different art school diciplines.
Tony Lopez' performance, Kenneth Goldsmith's Poetry in a Newspaper and SJ Fowler's performance with lego (image). The always forceful derek beaulieu's talk on concrete and visual poetry.
Furthermore Chris McCabe and Sam Winston performing Dictionary and Rick Myers’ An Excavation/A Reading (Before the Statue of Endymion) had some nice ideas to it.
I was screening my 16mm film Barcodes from 2008 and elaborated very briefly on the processes this film has started in my way into concrete and visual poetry.

A big thank you to editors Chris McCabe and Victoria Bean (image) for making this an event to remember. To all new colleagues and acquaintances from Hayward Publishing, at Whitechapel Gallery and at The White Hart into the late hours : Great chatting with you!

Exhibit A


This book was to be found at London Review Bookshop this weekend and is for sale somewhere near you. Also available at The Southbank Centre Shop.

Beautiful small press projects

From NO PRESS, Sunnyside Grocery Press, Pages.., and Spacecraft Press based in Calgary
and above/ground press, Ottawa.

Dans L'étang De Basho by Madeleine Beaulieu
Daisy Knell, Apostles of Icarus and Wow Signal by Ken Hunt
A small song that is his by bpNichol
2 slurry poems by Francesco Aprile
From Sonnet's Shakespeare by Sonnet L'Abbé
You Will Never Amount to anything by Eric Schmaltz
I dream of bookstores, give er and Lucretian Divide by derek beaulieu
A poem to Phillip Glass by Barrie Tullett
Hérve Le Tellier -A few musketeers by Daniel Levin Becker

Also projects by Nick Thurston:
Do or DIY, If I could give 200 words worth of advice to a Fine Art student in 2015
and Of the subcontract.

The Great Treatise

Fresh from NO PRESS, Canada; here's a new project entitled The Great Treatise.

Inspiring intellectuals, literary and cultural figures in the West for decades, The I-Ching, also known as The Book of Changes, is an ancient Chinese divination manual mostly consisting of cryptic statements linked to 64 hexagrams as guidelines for life. Heavily influenced by this system, composer John Cage used it to introduce indeterminacy in music.

The Great Treatise is a text-to-score translation of one page of The I-Ching, leaving out the divinity and treating the text and the letters as a notational possibility.

A 9 pages version of this piece is to be exhibited at The Bury Art Museum for the TEXTfestschrift beginning of August.

The Tanks: Lis Rhodes

Revisiting one of my all time favourite art projects: Lis Rhodes' Light Music (1975).