Archive for the ‘performances’ Category

klang farben text

June 12, 2020

In early March of this year, Barrie was invited to take part in Klang Farben Text, a collaborative event of visual poetry at the Lyrik Kabinett in Munich. Organised by Chris McCabe and Steven J Fowler, ‘Klang Farben Text was a unique, one of a kind, three-day visual poetry festival of performance and exhibition inspired by the international concrete poetry movement of the 1950s and 60s. The project celebrated how that movement has impacted a new generation of poets and artists by engaging a dozen of the UK and Germany’s most dynamic visual poets, key to the contemporary European scene. The printed word was transformed into collaboration, recitation, film and performance, demonstrating how concrete poetry has transcended beyond the book and printing press into an experiential art form for the 21st Century’.

The keynote speaker on the first day was a very special guest, Eugen Gomringer, who opened the event with readings from his works.

Each of the collaborating poets then performed a piece of their own work (Barrie chose ‘A Song For An Art School) and a piece of significant English or German concrete poetry – for this Barrie chose Stuart Mills’ ‘Poems for my Shorthand Typist’, which was performed with apologies to Victor Borge.

Recordings of all the performances can be found on the European Poetry Festival Site, the British Council‘s literature page, or the Lyric Kabinett website.

the lyrik kabinett

June 11, 2020

In early March – Chris McCabe, the Head Librarian at the Poetry Library in London, invited Barrie to Munich to take part in an international visual poetry event called ‘Klang Farben Text‘. The collaborative event, which paired up six British Poets and six German poets, was held in the absolutely wonderful Lyrik Kabinett – a poetry library and exhibition/performance space which is truly magical.

Set back from the street, in its own courtyard space, the Kabinett is one of curiosity and absolute delights.

As well as a formal library of poetry books (Its collection of 20,000 volumes is being expanded systematically) the display cabinets are full of artists’ books and objects.

Once the world turns and things are normal again – if you are in Munich, make a special trip to the Lyrik Kabinett. Once the world turns and things are normal again, if you are not in Munich, then make a special trip to Munich to make a special trip to the Lyrik Kabinett…

Josua Reichert’s Letterpress prints on the wall of the reception area.

This has nothing to do with the Lyrik Kabinett or the Klang Farben Text Festival, but round the corner was the most wonderful shop selling artists’ pigments and brushes.

talking about the design of poetry

July 22, 2019

The Poetry by Design Symposium at Leeds University made for a fascinating day. Fiona Becket (above) and Emma Trott chaired the panel sessions – and there was a wealth of insight from the speakers, as well as a fascinating selection of work as part of the exhibition.

 

Photo by Bronac Ferran

Barrie was the first speaker of the day and amongst other things, discussed the difficulty of ‘drawing’ fire with a typewriter.

Photo by Emma Trott

Photo by Bronac Ferran

And the particular advantages, and disadvantages of working with commercially ‘obsolete’ technologies(Believe it or not, he says he’d actually ironed that shirt).

The day ended with a series of performances, including the extremely powerful MOTHERBABYHOME by Kimberly Campanello.

In other news – The Typographic Dante was mentioned in an interview with Chris Warren (part of the Poetry Mini Interviews Blog) – he mentioned Barrie in the same breath as Christian Bok and Derek Beaulieu, so praise indeed.

 

carnival at birkbeck

June 14, 2019

Bronaċ Ferran recently organised a Reading and Discussion of Steve McCaffery’s Carnival at The Contemporary Poetics Research Centre (Birkbeck University).

After a reading/performance from Carnival by Steve McCaffery himself, there were responses by Karen Mac Cormack, Greg Thomas and Rebecca Kosick – as well as The Caseroom Press’ very own Barrie Tullett.

The event ended with a response to the comments and discussions by Steve McCaffery.

It was a fantastic evening, Barrie got to meet his heroes, and the papers by Greg and Rebecca were incredibly insightful. He just wanted to say a very big thank you to Bronaċ for organising it all and inviting him to be a part of it.

For more information on The Contemporary Poetics Research Centre see here: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cprc/

For a list of forthcoming events see here: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cprc/readings/

 

the typographic bloody dante

May 4, 2019

The Typographic Dante opened at the National Poetry Library on Tuesday night. A sold-out gig, Barrie took the opportunity to wax lyrical about Dante in popular culture, explain what else he’d been up to in the 30 years he’d been working on the project, and performed old favourites ‘Dead Birds’ and ‘A Song for an Art School’, as well as finding room to include some new material.

A big thank you to Chris McCabe for making the exhibition happen, and Dan, Dani and Mark for their technical support in hanging the show.

It’s an incredible venue and an absolute delight to be able to exhibit the work there.

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/134923-typographic-dante-2019

 

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.

 

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. 

 

Barcodes

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). 

Paula Claire pointing trowel

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.

Paula Claire concrete panel leaflet

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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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