review of new publication by Patrick Dubost

I have a review up on Stride Magazine blog, of Patrick Dubost’s new publication Manifesto for a Modern Theatre In 49 Interchangeable And Optional Articles. Published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, the work is translated from the French by Eleanor Margolies, and includes photocollage illustrations by Sylvie Villaume.

In much of Dubost’s wider practice he performs with musicians, where his vocal improvisation operates among and with other instruments in live sound events. These events are a mode of theatre, at work with language, sound, and meaning, with what can be heard, and what might be understood. The 49 articles in this Manifesto might be read as a guide or annotation for those performances. And as a prompt to performances by other readers.

You can read the review HERE.

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A Grand Gesture: Wax Paper Hour radio show on Nov 29th

wax paper gesture

On November 29th I will be a guest presenter on Marcy Saude’s Wax Paper Hours radio show on Soundart Radio. Running from 5 to 7pm (1700 to 1900hrs) the programme can be listened to on 102.5 FM in the Totnes area of South Devon. If you are further afield, then you can listen live online at http://soundartradio.org.uk/.

Each episode of Marcy’s show has a different theme, or is organised around a different idea. For November we are working with gestures, perhaps counterintuitive for radio, but we’ll see what happens. A Grand Gesture will mix music (vinyl and digital) and readings that engage with gesture across cultures, media and genres.

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poems on tentacular issue 4

I have two poems, ‘Gules‘ and ‘Cuirass‘ from the Blazon sequence out now on the website tentacular. Edited by Jonathan Catherall, issue 4 is focused on varieties of translation, visual, from other languages, across divides.

The poems in Blazon are the outcome of a sequence of homolinguistic translation procedures. These were carried out using chance guided operations and substitutions on the textual content of an online directory of websites.


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short fiction piece in new anthology from Dostoyevsky Wannabe

I have a piece of short fiction out now in an anthology from Dostoyevsky Wannabe. The piece, ‘Yesterday’s Not Here’, responded to a call for fiction inspired by the work of Pete Shelley.

Love Bites is a anthology of fiction inspired by Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks. The collection consists of both short-fiction and even shorter flash-fiction in keeping with the immediacy and brevity of the 3-minute pop song and the one-note guitar solo.

Contributors include Emma Bolland, Tom Jenks, Luke Kennard, Maeve Haughey among others.

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working with Rosanna Irvine in Glasgow

From 21st September I will spend 2 weeks in Glasgow working with Rosanna Irvine on developing new work. We have time and space to work on extending the performance piece Material+Transition which we presented as part of Breath Pieces, at Tramway in June last year.

Material+Transition works with the material possibilities of sound prior to the emergence of language using a compositional structure that involves deep listening, progressive, embedded transitions and ‘melding’ of sounds – so displacing the individual voice. We will take this approach to develop compositional methods for working also with gesture and towards language, to create ‘some variations’ that seek always to exceed the dualism of two: the binary of you and me.

Through the second week we will be at The Workroom in Tramway, and we plan to share some of the outcomes of our working on Friday 4th October at 6.00pm.

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