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all mouth and falmouth

May 1, 2018

Barrie was recently asked to speak at the Mouth: Poetry and Illustration Forum in Falmouth. And, as he has a mouth, studied illustration and is in a book of 21st Century Concrete Poets, he readily accepted.

Seriously well organised, it came with a Forum pack and…

… an audience.

 

It was a fantastic event, chaired by the exceptional Allyson Hallett. An absolute joy to be a part of, although he had to leave early in order to get back to Lincoln. Which it turns out, is a very, very long way from Falmouth. Especially when the trains stop running for five hours due to a breakdown.

As part of his narrative about Poetry, illustration and the Typographic Dante, he digressed to talk about the Dante’s Inferno game for the XBox. Which, much to his surprise had some interesting moral questions at its heart, once you’d got over Dante changing from a gentle poet to one man crusading war machine that is… however, he still had some qualms about the game mechanics and the abilities to hack and slash your way through the narrative. He thought a more accurate set-up for the game controller would be this one:

Note to game devlelopers – he’s already worked out some of the gameplay mechanics, so do get in touch.

His previous talk, on a very cold January morning, was to the New Monday Art Group at the Usher Gallery here in Lincoln. A slightly smaller event, but one that was a lot easier to get home from.

 

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the whitechapel

July 28, 2015

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The New Concrete (Visual Poetry in the 21st Century) was launched at the Whitechapel Gallery last weekend, with a series of films, readings and performances.

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There were too many delights to mention – you really had to be there – but amongst the gems, the screenings included Rick Myers’ beautifully contemplative An Excavation/A Reading (Before the Statue of Endymion), Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim’s, wonderful Barcodes, Sophie Herxheimer’s London and Victoria Bean’s, Playtime with Venus and Every Morning She’d Leave Me. 

 

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Highlights of the spoken word performances were Chris McCabe and Sam Winston performing Dictionary and Paula Claire’s ILAYITONW (a call and response piece celebrating The New Concrete in all its Google guises). 

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Based in Oxford, Paula Claire has a large Archive of concrete/visual/sound poetry and is currently busy writing and collating from WORDtoART: browsing the Paula Claire Archive.

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Barrie channelled the spirit of Kurt Schwitters for his surprisingly poignant rendition of A Song For An Art School and was quite overwhelmed to have been sitting in the same room as John Furnival, let alone being in a book alongside him and so many other artists and poets he has long admired.

On sale at the event, we had our first chance to see the book in all its glory – and it really is a beautiful publication. Rush out and buy your copy now.

The New Concrete is available from The Southbank Centre shop.

Photographs of the event courtesy of Julie Johnstone and Marina Chalkia. Photographs of Paula Claire courtesy of Paul San Casciani.

performing the new concrete

July 17, 2015

The New Concrete

The New Concrete is a major new anthology charting the explosion of visual poetry in the 21st century, and to celebrate the launch of the book, The Whitechapel Gallery will be hosting an afternoon of film and live performance showcasing some of the most exciting work currently being produced. The event promises to bring together ‘some of the most celebrated poets and artists working at the intersection of visual art and literature’.

The film screenings will include: Simon Barraclough: Turner, Victoria Bean: Playtime with Venus and Every Morning She’d Leave Me, Caroline Bergvall: Drift, Derek Beaulieu: 1115/2:47: Pages, David Bellingham: An Object Revolving Round a Day/An Object Revolving Round a Year/An Object Revolving Round Events, Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim: Barcodes, Augusto de Campos: F(J)Y)EUX, LIFE and Luxo, Francesca Capone: Island Poem, Antonio Claudio Carvalho: OS DESAPARECIDOS/THE MISSING WILL NEVER BE MISSING UNTIL WE FIND THEM, Kenneth Goldsmith: Poetry in a Newspaper, Sophie Herxheimer: London, Liliane Lijn: What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping? and Way Out Is Way In Poemdrum, nick-e melville: me, Rick Myers: An Excavation/A Reading (Before the Statue of Endymion), W. Mark Sutherland: Crush, André Vallias: ‘COMEDIA’: a meta-poem (le stelle/alle stelle/l’altre stelle) in Quick Response code and Nico Vassilakis: Stampalogue (for Harry Mathews). 

There will also be live performances from many of the contributors, including: Simon Barraclough, Victoria Bean, Derek Beaulieu, David Bellingham, Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim, Paula Claire, S.J. Fowler, Daniel Lehan, Henningham Family Press, Sophie Herxheimer, Sarah Kelly, Liliane Lijn, Tony Lopez, Chris McCabe and The Caseroom Press’ very own, Barrie Tullett, who’s work for the Typographic Dante has been included in the book.

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