Summertime Blues

NewDawnlogonewBeaconsfield, 25 June 2015

I am delighted to #supportbeaconsfield and to celebrate Beaconsfield’s 20th anniversary by reading as part of a bill that includes David Ball (Soft Cell) and Dave Chambers, Russell Haswell, Simon Tyszko, Shiva Feshareki and Jack Jelfs, Lucky PDF and Boo Saville. Founded as an educational charity in 1994 by artists with the desire to fill a niche between the institution, the commercial and ‘alternative’, Beaconsfield remains a unique, non-profit, politically engaged, artist-led entity, placing equal emphasis on audiences and artists. Beaconsfield has been curating visual art, producing new sound, performance and interdisciplinary art projects for 20 years. After two decades as a fixed-term client of Arts Council England, Beaconsfield is going it alone.

  • 7pm-Midnight, (press event 5-7), Beaconsfield, 22 Newport Street, London SE11 6AY
  • Free entry but RSVP essential (strictly guestlist), via Eventbrite or gabriela@beaconsfield.ltd.uk

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Irish Museum of Modern Art, until 26 July 2015

Include Me Out of the Partisans Manifesto, artist Alan Phelan’s film of my short story ‘Include Me Out’ has been acquired by the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) for its permanent collection, and is being shown as a video installation as part of the new exhibition IMMA Collection: Fragments. Here is the blurb: ‘A suburban couple battle through the apparent obliteration of their shared experience as their DVD collection is painstakingly broken up and recycled. The film [which you can watch on Vimeo here] was based on a short story by Tony White written as a fictional representation of Alan Phelan’s art practice.’

Joanna Crawford and Brendan McCormack in Alan Phelan’s film, Include Me Out of the Partisans Manifesto (2012)

Joanna Crawford and Brendan McCormack in Alan Phelan’s film, Include Me Out of the Partisans Manifesto (2012)

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Forthcoming from Piece of Paper Press

Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 08.36.59Watch this space for news of the twenty-ninth publication from Piece of Paper Press. ‘Shklovsky’s Zoo’ by Joanna Walsh will be published in a limited, numbered edition of 150 copies, and numbers 51-150 will be given away at a launch event on 10 July 2015 (while stocks last). An invitation to this special event will be coming your way shortly. Piece of Paper Press is also included in the new, updated edition of Stephen Bury’s Artists’ books: the book as a work of art, 1963-2000, out now from Bernard Quaritch. Here is the blurb:

The history of artists’ involvement with the book format between 1963 and 2000 includes a fascinating range of artists and movements from Mallarmé to the Piece of Paper Press via Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Fluxus and conceptual art. This second edition includes updated text with new bibliographic descriptions of 600 key artists’ books and over 130 new, full-page, colour illustrations taken from the internationally renowned Chelsea College of Art & Design Library collection. It is an indispensable resource for the definition and classification of artists’ books by a renowned scholar in the field.

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Remote Centres: Performances from Outlandia, from 30 July 2015

An architectural re-configuring of the Outlandia field-station, Remote Centres: Performances from Outlandia sees performance and sound works originally created at Outlandia by 20 artists, poets, writers, musicians and members of the Nevis community, contained within a sculptural environment inside the Tent Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Bruce outlandia thumbnailGilchrist and Jo Joelson (Outlandia / London Fieldworks) in association with Art Space & Nature (ECA), and includes performance works by Bram Thomas Arnold; Ruth Barker; Ed Baxter and Resonance Radio Orchestra with Tam Dean Burn; Johnny Brown with Band of Holy Joy; Clair Chinnery; Alec Finlay and Ken Coburn; Kirsteen Davidson-Kelly; Benedict Drew; Goodiepal; Sarah Kenchington; Lisa O’Brien; Lee Patterson; Michael Pedersen and Ziggy Campbell; Geoff Sample; Mark Vernon/Jo Joelson & Bruce Gilchrist; Tracey Warr; Tony White. The performances and sound works were originally commissioned for Remote Performances, a series of radio broadcasts from Outlandia, co-produced by London Fieldworks and Resonance 104.4fm, with support from Arts Council England, the Nevis Landscape Partnership, Oxford Brookes University and Forestry Commission Scotland.

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DIY, not ‘me, me, me’

My review of the great Stand Up and Spit project exploring the ranting poetry scene of the early 1980s, featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson, Joolz, Attila the Stockbroker and many others at the Camden Centre, and ‘Talking Liberties’ at the British Library, is now up on the the Huffington Post entertainment blog:

…this was a fascinating and inspiring gig, and a rare opportunity to connect with a distinctive and influential literary scene long driven underground, but still no less relevant in today’s political and social landscape. Being reminded of the political fearlessness of the ranting scene, the confrontational and (mostly) left-ish, anti-sexist and anti-racist stances, the willingness to tackle challenging subject matter and social injustice, and to do so live and in the public sphere, was what made Stand Up and Spit refreshing, empowering even. But there was something else about it that had struck me at the British Library event back in May, and which is a little more subtle… READ MORE

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