Vault

I’ll be appearing with the Generative Constraints collective as part of Vault Festival 2015, a six-week exhibition of performance, music, workshops and panels beneath the railway arches near Waterloo.

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Our show’s blurb doesn’t give much away: Nik Wakefield, Prue Chamberlain, Kate Potts, Nisha Ramayya, Diana Damian Martin and I will be offering a brash, immersive and finickity exploration of what the term ‘Anti-Body’ means in terms of practice-based research. From the site:

Anti-Body is a performance at the meeting point between poetic practice and live art. Six writers and artists work together and against each other through a series of predetermined processes. We ask questions about our individual and shared positions, disagreement and exchange, and commitment and difference, through investigations of material, social, and critical/creative bodies. The performance involves queer troublemaking, disembodied writing, voice drawing, Tantric rituals, time-specificity, and mountweazels.

‘Anti-Body’ will be appearing toward the end of the arts festival, from 1.30pm on 1st March. Do come along if you’re free, and check out the other great acts available during the festival.

The Native Tourist

15/01/2015

On 25th January, I’ll be performing with the Written and Composed collective for their ‘Native Tourist’ night at the Hackney Attic. With live readings, performances and music from members of the collective, do come for collaborations, bangs and whistles inspired by the idea of finding home.

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£6/4, starting at 8pm. The other events at the Attic during January look great too: do give them a look while you’re there.

I’m playing a small part in ‘126’, an audiovisual exhibition taking place as part of ‘Queer Season’ at Sutton House throughout February and March 2015. The exhibition features all 126 of Shakespeare’s Fair Youth sonnets as read by members of the LGBTQ community.

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Brought together by artist Alex Creep and curator Sean Curran, this is a neat crowd-sourced project and worth a detour if you’re in the Hackney area. My submission features a garroulous finch.

Kakania is a series of events, commissions and publications curated to address the world of Habsburg Vienna. Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum , Pushkin Press and design agency Polimekanos, a number of artists and writers responded to certain figures who came to prominence or emerged during this time: on the 22nd January as part of this series, the Freud Museum will host an evening of poetry and performance featuring Emily Berry responding to Sigmund Freud, Esther Strauss on Anna Freud, Tom Jenks on Otto Gross, Jeff Hilson on Ludwig Wittgenstein and Phil Minton on Carl Jung.

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Nude Portrait of Marietta (1907) – Koller-Pinell

Still Life with Red Elephant (c. 1920) - Kinner-Pinell

Still Life with Red Elephant (c. 1920) – Koller-Pinell

Tickets for the reading can be bought here, £7 for 7pm. The evening also marks the launch for Kakania: an anthology of new works​​​​​​ that sees over 40 writers and artists work brought together. I have a small piece there concerning Broncia Koller-Pinell; often overlooked, this article nods to her work amongst the salons of Vienna. My thanks to SJ Fowler for the commission and for the opportunity.

Alight at the next

15/01/2015

I was very pleased to have my short piece ‘Alight at the next’ appear in 3:AM magazine and featured as part of their National Short Story Week 2014 celebration of contemporary fiction.

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Illustration by Carrie Crow

The other stories presented during the week included wonderful pieces by Matthew De Abaitua and Martin MacInnes, also illustrated by Carrie Crow. All the images are from a larger body of work by Crow,  Observatorio, that uses views from pay-per-use telescopes throughout the world.

Many thanks to the editors at 3:AM for finding a place for the piece in such great company.