I will be part of the live performance radio broadcast by Radio Ironie Orchestra on Soundart Radio on Sunday July 5th at 1800hrs UK time. This event is one of the Tomorrow’s Transmissions commissions that Soundart awarded this summer using COVID19 Emergency Funds from Arts Council England.
Knotenpunkt Transmission // isolated junction – transmission
RIO presents a live-on-air networked performance where fragmented texts serve as junctions in a sonic journey, calling for connections over distance and questioning modes of isolation by listening in and sounding in together. “Knotenpunkt transmission” is a testbed on how to transform distance into something fruitful, and while we never may be able to overcome all the distances and borders that separate us, we can envision paths, ways and crossing points where we meet and exchange.
The Radio Ironie Orchestra
The Radio Ironie Orchestra was founded in 2019 as radio-phile orchestra structure, a collective of musicians and sound artists from several countries playing together over distance using open-source streaming tools like Jitsi, and combining acoustic, electro-acoustic and electronic sound within the medium of internet and radio. Its name is program – an ironic allusion to the tradition of the “radio symphony orchestras”, realizing the spirit of collective music-making and on-air music distribution with the tools and aesthetics of our present times. The open structure of RIO allows for frequent collaboration with guests from all over the world.
I am excited to have been selected as one of 10 artists for a hyperlocal commission from Arts and Culture Exeter; I plan to work on a set of short poems / visual texts that respond to the limitations and constraints of the current lockdown period.
Echoing the restraints we are all currently having to live by, Mark Leahy will be creating a series of short poems confined to a square format, which will be shared on his social media. The poems draw on Mark’s readings, news and other text entering his local environment over these uncertain weeks.
Influences include Louis Zukofsky’s 80 Flowers, Raymond Queneau’s Exercises in Style, erasure poetry, Oulipo, Tina Darragh’s On the Corner to Off the Corner, and Bernadette Mayer’s Midwinter Day.
On Wednesday September 11th, in the Clore Studio of South London Gallery, a number of contributors will present an evening of readings celebrating the launch of The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein. Published by Ma Bibliothèque, the book collates contributions by artists, poets, critics, and philosophers speculating on a speech given by political radical Carl Einstein at a memorial for Rosa Luxemburg in 1919. Readers on the evening will include: Pil Galia Kollectiv, Rebekah Georgiou-Tolley, Dale Holmes, Sarah Wood, Alison J.Carr, Sharon Kivland, Mark Leahy and others. Places can be reserved via this LINK.
I have written a review of a new publication of collected writings by Dick Higgins which is now online at theInternational Times. Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press, edited by Stephen Clay and Ken Friedman, collects a number of essays, manifestos, catalogue texts, and other critical writings by Higgins in one well-designed and produced volume. Higgins’ writing were important to me when I began learning about hybrid and performative modes of poetry, so it was exciting to receive a volume that brought these diverse texts together.