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!

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