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REFUGE FROM THE RAVENS: Lyrical Ballads for the 21st Century. Wordsworth re-written by homeless Britain.Exhibition at Wo...
12/10/2022

REFUGE FROM THE RAVENS: Lyrical Ballads for the 21st Century. Wordsworth re-written by homeless Britain.

Exhibition at Wordsworth Grasmere until end Dec 2022, moving to Bury 2023. Book available now from Oystercatcher Press.

The Refuge from the Ravens project places new works alongside the original ‘redefining it to help people grasp the concept’ of homelessness

We are very saddened that Louise Woodcock, an extraordinary sound artist/musician/comedian died early December 2021. Lou...
08/01/2022

We are very saddened that Louise Woodcock, an extraordinary sound artist/musician/comedian died early December 2021. Louise committed su***de; terrible to think someone so effervescent could not be uplifted by their own sparkle. Lou was a contributor to the Text Festival, but is perhaps most known as a musician on the Manchester scene that revolved around Islington Mill. The playlist below is an overview of many Manchester bands and includes several appearances by Lou in various guises and forms.

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLupCez08avSyI9ZaFIOKD8LUhmKaWqXJd

Also attached — obituary in The Quietus.

https://thequietus.com/articles/30933-louise-woodcock

Much loved performance artist, musician, comedian and DIY instigator Louise Woodcock died recently. Fergal Kinney talks to the people who knew her best. CW: this article talks about mental ill-health and su***de

A short blog from Tony Trehy about Lawrence Weiner and their work in the Text Festival https://tony-trehy.blogspot.com/2...
03/12/2021

A short blog from Tony Trehy about Lawrence Weiner and their work in the Text Festival
https://tony-trehy.blogspot.com/2021/12/lawrence-weiner.html

The sad news this week that Lawrence Weiner has passed away. I first met Lawrence in 2005 when he completed an installation of WATER MADE I...

The sad news of Lawrence Weiner's passing. Here is his first public commission in Bury in 2010.
02/12/2021

The sad news of Lawrence Weiner's passing. Here is his first public commission in Bury in 2010.

WATER MADE IT WET - Lawrence Weiner

15/07/2021
05/07/2021

Swiss Institute in Rome: link for July 5 & 6_ asemic writing, nonsense, books, conversations, performances & more
https://tinyurl.com/july5-6
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Scott Thurston writes about the movement poetics of Text Festival collaborator and Curator, the extraordinary Jennifer P...
26/06/2021

Scott Thurston writes about the movement poetics of Text Festival collaborator and Curator, the extraordinary Jennifer Pike:

Jennifer Pike (1920-2016) was a major artist whose practice traversed the disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, photography, jewellery-making, poetry and performance. Although a fuller appreciation of the scale and range of her achievements has been recently enabled by the making of a film about her life and work by Holly Antrum (Catalogue, 2013) and the publication of two volumes of selected works by Veer books (The Conglomerization of Wot and Scrunch, both 2010), her work has still yet to be the subject of extended academic consideration. One aspect of Pike's practice which is of particular interest to my larger project of examining the relationships between poetry and movement (2011, 2012, 2013), is her dance and movement work which was often conducted in the context of collaborative performance with sound and visual poet Bob Cobbing and musicians such as Veryan Weston, Lol Coxhill and Hugh Metcalfe. This article introduces this aspect of Pike's practice and offers some theoretical framing from Dee Reynolds' work on economies of effort (2007) and Daniel Stern's work on vitality dynamics (2010) before analysing recordings of performances from 2002 and 2007.

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https://poetry.openlibhums.org/article/id/3401/

Jennifer Pike (1920-2016) was a major artist whose practice traversed the disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, photography, jewellery-making, poetry and performance. Although a fuller appreciation of the scale and range of her achievements has been recently enabled by the...

OURS: Some of Jeffrey Cane Robinson's commentaries for A BOOK OF OURS, an illuminated manuscript made by people with exp...
17/06/2021

OURS: Some of Jeffrey Cane Robinson's commentaries for A BOOK OF OURS, an illuminated manuscript made by people with experience of homelessness, in Manchester. Unbound pages from the book are currently on show at Bury Art Museum. The full commentaries will appear in the digital catalogue; meanwhile - a preview on the Text Archive blog:

https://textartarchive.com/2021/06/17/ours-by-professor-jeffrey-robinson/

O-U-R-S occupies H-O-U-R-S, just as P-O-E-T-R-Y occupies P-O-V-E-R-T-Y.

02/04/2021

Photos reveal the Museum of the Future in Dubai, which was designed by architecture studio Killa Design, with its exterior largely complete.

Invisible (Manchester) is a​ social enterprise​ that trains people affected by ​homelessness ​to become walking tour gui...
10/02/2021

Invisible (Manchester) is a​ social enterprise​ that trains people affected by ​homelessness ​to become walking tour guides of Manchester. Their new electronic billboard project in lockdown Manchester features large-scale text/artworks... https://invisible-cities.org/

Invisible (Manchester) breaks down negative stereotypes surrounding homelessness while also providing people who have been homeless with transferable skills to expand their horizons…

WHISPER TO ME ALONE is a pandemic epic, a visual poem made with people who've experienced homelessness in Manchester, an...
22/10/2020

WHISPER TO ME ALONE is a pandemic epic, a visual poem made with people who've experienced homelessness in Manchester, and vulnerable people. Co-made with the homeless community, celebrating “other” modes of living, consciousness and coherence...

WHISPER TO ME ALONE is a pandemic epic, a visual poem made with people who've experienced homelessness in Manchester, or...
22/10/2020

WHISPER TO ME ALONE is a pandemic epic, a visual poem made with people who've experienced homelessness in Manchester, or are living vulnerably. It launched on Twitter on 15 Oct and will run for approx 4 months.

https://twitter.com/whisper2mealone

Phil Davenport and songwriter Matt Hill have gathered people's words and voices over the phone since May. Partners were The Booth Centre, Back on Track, ICM/Shelter. The poets Tom Jenks and Nathan Williams designed the twitter format. This project is partnered with the Booth Centre, Back on Track and the Text Festival. WHISPER is the most recent of an ongoing series of large collaborative poetic works devised by Davenport (under the arthur+martha banner) and made with the homeless community, celebrating “other” modes of living, consciousness and coherence...

The latest Tweets from whisper to me alone (). A pandemic epic by people who've been homeless or vulnerable. The CV-19 story is told in poems, songs & artworks, composed over the phone. . Manchester UK

The Saison Poetry Library at the Southbank in London is under threat, with draconian measures in the offing for staff. P...
27/08/2020

The Saison Poetry Library at the Southbank in London is under threat, with draconian measures in the offing for staff. Please consider signing this petition to show support for a treasured institution and the staff who put such skill and heart into it. The Poetry Library hosted a preview of THE DARK WOULD and exhibited The Homeless Library, both projects associated with the Text Festival.

The image PHILOMENA (exploded house) by Caroline Bergvall, from THE DARK WOULD felt appropriate for this moment.

https://www.change.org/p/southbank-centre-national-poetry-library-sos-nplsos?recruiter=8797627&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_abi&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=15655b10-7c1c-11e4-8609-eb2591b381c4&utm_content=fht-24329324-en-gb%3A0

Phil Davenport writes: Bob Cobbing, one of the most extraordinary British visual/sound poets ever to breathe this air wo...
02/08/2020

Phil Davenport writes: Bob Cobbing, one of the most extraordinary British visual/sound poets ever to breathe this air would’ve been 100 years old this weekend. He was the first person to publish me, have faith in me. Later I’d curate his first big retrospective show for the first Text Festival in 2005, on Tony Trehy’s invitation. Here’s a YouTube playlist for Bob I compiled awhiles ago, if you want to dive into the alphabetic swim…

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLupCez08avSzQ5UjL2-U2zAcACk-LX9kG

An alphabet of fishes: curating Bob Cobbing A I first met him in summer 1999, just before he published Imaginary Missing People, my first collection of poetr...

06/07/2020

ARGENTINE VISUAL POETRY from Archive Vortice / 40 works from 9 artists: - Laura Andreoni - Alejandra Bocquel- Roberto Cignoni - Maria Lilian Escobar - Fernando Garcia Delgado - Norberto Jose Martinez - Alberto Mendez - Roberto Scheines - Ivana Vollaro.
From today available at http://redfoxpress.com/AB-argentina.html

21/05/2020

GLITCHASEMICS by Marco Giovenale is available now at Amazon ! It includes an indepth introduction by Michael Betancourt. "Asemic writin...

New on the Text Archive blog, Mahmoud Sokar’s processual essay about the surrealism of surrealists. It’s illuminated wit...
25/04/2020

New on the Text Archive blog, Mahmoud Sokar’s processual essay about the surrealism of surrealists. It’s illuminated with Darren Marsh’s reversioning of works by the little-known early 20th Century French visual poet M. Barzun...

A related essay by karl kempton, opening out Barzun’s extraordinary written landscapes for the first time in decades, can be found in the current issue of the Synapse International blog, as can an interview with Marsh.

https://textartarchive.com/2020/04/17/940/

Thus, Postmodernists reject work.

"The transubstantiation of Stephen Mallarmé continues while there’s still juice in him" http://synaptry.blogspot.com/202...
28/03/2020

"The transubstantiation of Stephen Mallarmé continues while there’s still juice in him" http://synaptry.blogspot.com/2020/03/france-or-we-are-circles-of-cancelled.html
Contributions from Sacha Archer, derek beaulieu, Sean Bonney, Volodymyr Bilyk, Paula Claire, Liz Collini, Ellen Dillon, Marco Giovenale, Helen Hajnoczky, Alan Halsey, Jean-Pierre Hebert, Pierre Joris, karl Kempton, Mohammad Arif Khan, Peter Manson, Darren Marsh, Nicole Peyrafitte, Nat Raha, Petra Schulze-Wollgast, David Seaman, Kate Siklosi, Mahmoud Mawad Sokar, Miron Tee, Carolyn Thompson, Tony Trehy, Nico Vassilakis, Yohanna Joseph Waliya ,Eric Zboya

Rimbaud hammered out his poetic program in 1871, just as the Paris Commune was being blown off the map. He wanted to b...

22/03/2020

The next titles to be released by PAP are: Glitchasemics by Marco Giovenale (May, 2020) Code Poems 2010-2019 by Francesco Aprile (A...

"Do not miss Carolyn Thompson's () "Post Moderns" exhibition at Eagle Gallery London (), until March 14th. The exhibitio...
02/03/2020

"Do not miss Carolyn Thompson's () "Post Moderns" exhibition at Eagle Gallery London (), until March 14th. The exhibition comprises 50 separate artworks based on the 50 books in the Penguin Modern box set (2018). Each artwork is an edited version of, or response to, one of the volumes in the collection. Post Moderns includes text works, drawings, embroideries, prints and altered books."

Carolyn is a longterm associate of the Text Festival; some of this excellent new work appears in the forthcoming Synapse International blog feature The Transubstantiation of Stéphane Mallarmé.

www.emmahilleagle.com

NEXT EXHIBITION: CAROLYN THOMPSON Post Moderns, 13 Feb–14 March 2020. Image: Dreamers, archival ink jet print, 16cm x 11cm

Obituary for Sean Bonney, from Will Rowe. Sean Bonney, 1969 – 2019.Sean Bonney, one of the finest UK poets of our time, ...
20/12/2019

Obituary for Sean Bonney, from Will Rowe.

Sean Bonney, 1969 – 2019.

Sean Bonney, one of the finest UK poets of our time, died in Berlin on 13th November. His work comprises seven major books and a series of pamphlets; it includes some of the most vital writing in the language today. He pushed at the limits of poetry, creating new forms in each single book. No other contemporary work destroys so thoroughly the universe of resurgent fascism.

Bonney was born in Brighton in 1969 and grew up outside Hull. He studied at the university of Liverpool, then moved to London. He had already engaged in community organisation against the Poll Tax and placed himself with the hard left in politics; in poetry he found his place with Bob Cobbing’s Writers Forum Workshop. He read at many small press venues, like Subvoicive, and was deeply involved in the free jazz and punk music scenes--he had been a punk since a teenager. His friends included Bob Cobbing, Bill Griffiths, Jeff Hilson, among many others in the radical poetry and politics scenes.

He began a PhD on Charles Olson at King’s College London, and several years later returned to postgraduate study at Birkbeck College, where he also taught as a part-time lecturer. He got his PhD with a thesis on Amiri Baraka, whose work had become a main force in his own poetry. This and other examples of Bonney’s acute critical intelligence need to be published.

He read deeply and widely in Black American radicalism, Marxism, anarchism, working class history, surrealism; among the key poets of his life were Ginsberg, Olson, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Bill Griffiths, Hölderlin, Baraka, Césaire, Anna Mendelssohn, Pasolini, Katerina Gogou; in prose, Hegel, Marx, Walter Benjamin, Guy Debord. In music the list would include The Fall, Dylan, early American blues, Albert Ayler, John Coltrane and many many others. Frances Kruk and Bonney founded the small press yt communications, the non-sense word yt being a homage to the Russian futurist Kruchenykh. Politically, he described himself as an anarchist communist. He taught a seminar on revolutionary poetics at Cambridge, but all the British universities he applied to for fellowships and jobs turned him down. One of them asked him at interview, What would you do if there was a student strike?

After failing to find work in the UK, he was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the Free University of Berlin where his investigations included –among others--the work of Diane di Prima and Katerina Gogou. His fellowship ended in September this year. He was married to Polish-Canadian poet Frances Kruk.

Bonney’s first book, Notes on Heresy (Writers Forum, 2002) absorbs past voices of rebellion, such as Abiezer Coppe or that of the anonymous ballad ‘Tom o’Bedlam,’ and makes them pulse in present time with the living anger of the oppressed. ‘Anger is An Energy,’ Bonney’s phrase from that time, is true of his life’s work. Poisons, Their Antidotes (West House Books) came out a year later and gives the feeling that the lived space of London streets is jutting into the pages. The poems grew out of the space and history that Chartists, communists, and anarchists once occupied. ‘Negative Poetics’ is the title of a talk Bonney gave at the time when Blade Pitch Control Unit (Salt Publishing, 2005) appeared. The book includes Poisons and other earlier work; the title speaks of the angle of attack of the blades of a helicopter rotor, and carries the state’s violent uses of technology.

Cobbing’s sound and visual poetry had a strong effect on Bonney. His visual work can be found amongst a large volume of his writings, visuals, and videos on the internet and will need to gathered together soon. Baudelaire in English (Veer Books, 2007) mis-uses a typewriter by spinning the roller to create tilted, overprinted lines which offer an extraordinary condensation of Baudelaire’s complex voice. Document - Poems, Diagrams, Manifestos, (Barque Press, 2008) collects prose and visual pieces as well as poems. Bonney’s exceptional ear for music as a political force is especially evident in The Commons (Openned, 2011). He commented, ‘The work was originally subtitled "A Narrative / Diagram of the Class Struggle", wherein voices from contemporary uprisings blend into the Paris Commune, into October 1917, into the ex*****on of Charles 1, and on into superstitions, fantasies of crazed fairies and supernatural bandits //// all clambering up from their hidden places in history, getting ready to storm the Cities of the Rich //// to the bourgeois eye they may look like zombies, to us they are sparrows, cuckoos, pirates & sirens //// the cracked melodies of ancient folk songs, cracking the windows of Piccadilly.’ His most lyrical book is Happiness (Poems After Rimbaud) (Unkant, 2011), which brings Rimbaud’s writing, especially its close relationship with the Paris Commune, into present time via a thorough critical demolition of the hostile language and malign geometry of the neoliberal city. What Bonney wrote in an essay on Mendelssohn’s work – that it ‘insists on poetry as a specific method of thought’—is equally true of his own.

Bonney’s most complex book is Letters Against the Firmament (Enitharmon, 2015). Coming out of the UK riots and protests of 2010-2012, its thinking struggles with the extreme difficulty of revolutionary action in a time of universal co-optation of resistance to capitalism; as in Blanqui, even the sun and stars have been annexed by the system. But in the density of its dialectical thinking, its willingness to enter uncertainty, and its transmission of revolutionary energies of the past, Letters opens a space of possibility. His last book is Our Death (Commune Editions, 2019). Published shortly before he died, it lives inside death. The poems range from expressions of intense grief, to cries of pain, to the sight of dead bodies in the streets of Berlin, but also include the body shaken by love – a thing with no place – alongside hatred for the people responsible for what capital is doing to the world. One section is made up of poems after Gogou.

In recent years, he read in the USA, Germany, Portugal, Ireland, Norway, Canada, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Greece. His work was translated into Portuguese, German, Norwegian, Spanish, Catalan, French, Greek, and other languages. He gave his last talks and readings in October in Athens. Lines of his poetry have already started to appear as graffiti on Athens streets.

No other British poet of Bonney’s generation so exposed themselves to the violence of the UK after Thatcher (‘she faked her death’), to the violence (‘police reality’) that maintains the law. Rimbaud, Pasolini, Baraka, Diane di Prima, are some points of comparison. This is poetry in which defensive layers of the self become suspended, the poem sheds its traditional walls, the brutal injustices of history find expression.

William Rowe

(With thanks to Frances Kruk and Helen Dimos).

NB. Sean’s remarkable work featured in The Dark Would language art anthology, associated with the Text Festival.

THE NON-TRANSPARENCY OF LANGUAGE. SYMPOSIUM. 12 Sept, Pavement Gallery, Manchester. Free event.Keynote: Philip Davenport...
11/09/2019

THE NON-TRANSPARENCY OF LANGUAGE. SYMPOSIUM. 12 Sept, Pavement Gallery, Manchester. Free event.

Keynote: Philip Davenport

I’ll talk about Jerome Rothenberg, karl kempton, poets and “outsidered” artists. The symposium aims to generate a discussion around language-based art, current interpretations and modes of curating this specific art form within the contemporary gallery space. It looks at expanding on the ways in which text as art carries on an impact on the viewer’s reception of the work - with particular reference to today’s climate and our habitual lives. The messages that this particular art form embodies are also part of this investigation. The multiple meanings that language-based art expresses link with socio-political messages, digital culture and the notion of humour, among others. This event is organised by Jillian Gibran, Katie Louise Hockey and Abigail Kearns. Free eventbrite tickets from the weblink below.

https://www.pavementgallery.com/events

The Non-Transparency of Language aims at exploring language-based art within the context of the contemporary gallery space. Hosted by Pavement Gallery and the Manchester School of Art, this event looks at exploring how this art form art has evolved within and the relevance that it still possesses th...

30/08/2019
karl kempton’s a history of visual text art traces the deep roots of language art, finding poems for the eye in the  anc...
13/08/2019

karl kempton’s a history of visual text art traces the deep roots of language art, finding poems for the eye in the ancient, the occluded and the disappeared. It was published by Apple Pie in 2018, as a ‘prequel’ to The Dark Would anthology, which itself grew from the Text Festival.
https://textartarchive.com/2019/08/08/behind-between-the-lines-by-karl-kempton/?fbclid=IwAR16BblByNdUm05FVclG5Nh0t7mpzKARuLPYEd_WM1dwyXItJoSw0v_WZNQ

          GUEST BLOGGER 12 ESSAY: KARL KEMPTON TEXT WORKS: MOHAMMAD ARIF KHAN     karl kempton’s a history of visual text art traces the deep roots of language ar…

Herewith, a YouTube playlist featuring videos by the late Leanne Bridgewater (1989-2019) whose work appeared in the Text...
23/07/2019

Herewith, a YouTube playlist featuring videos by the late Leanne Bridgewater (1989-2019) whose work appeared in the Text Festival itself, the Total Recall exhibition, The Dark Would, and the world in general. A celebration of Leanne’s work will take place in Manchester tomorrow, 7pm at The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMDBQSk0Sbg&list=PLupCez08avSwPRDVcHJkCYvASNriBbxnZ

Alphatrout, by Leanne Bridgewater A YouTube playlist published by Apple Pie Editions 2015 ISBN: 978-1-909388-14-7 Chindōgu is the art of making useless inven...

03/05/2019

The CONCEPTUAL POETICS DAY is an annual event that explores the imaginary border between visual art and literature.

31/05/2018
Some of the thousands of photos from the Text Festival archive. As we get ready to go forward... Here, variously: Tony T...
31/01/2018

Some of the thousands of photos from the Text Festival archive. As we get ready to go forward...

Here, variously: Tony Trehy in the 2009 Festival, derek beaulieu's HELVETICA in The Dark Would corridor, 2013; and again with a few of Davenport's APPEAL IN AIR birds, Cobbing evening, as danced by Jennifer C and Patricia Farrell with sundry helper; Carol Watts text work plus audience member, Carol reading; Bob Grenier's "64" show, Ron Silliman with Bob G overlooking, Ron's neon; Nanucci's neon; Carolyn Thomson slowly installing; Geof Huth with James, an on-the-street workshop; Sarah Sanders, Holly Pester with TT, Koppany and James Davies' works in salute; Jayne Dyer improvising with vinyl-lettering; audience members absorbed in Christian Bok and Liz Collini works respectively, Liz's AND.

(Photos by Phil Davenport. Steve Walton photographed the Cobbing evening.)

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