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sound and cerement//technologies of de-cay

SAVVY Contemporary (Plantagenstraße 31, 13347 Berlin)

“cultivate a flavour that/grows from within/for the sake of our own/starvation” – Marie Pascale Hardy

“So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive” – Audre Lorde, The Black Unicorn

“That the impossible should be asked of me, good, what else could be asked of me” – Samuel Beckett, Unnamable

This exhibition has insisted on the impossible: to bring a group of poets to work collaboratively on audio-visual material with the objective of producing and curating an exhibition in the time span of a week.

By bringing the hand of the poet outside of the solitude of its craft, and into the space of sound production, this project seeks to blur the boundaries between visual and auditory texts. The purpose of the project is to serve as the interface for both disciplines to be re-imagined and re-purposed. During the day-long workshop “The “as if” of poetry and other discourses on technology” poets learned how to build rudimentary sound/light devices and recording technologies and thought about the ways in which these could be used to intervene with the nature of their texts. Together with the poets, sound artists performed alternative writing exercises, and learned about translation techniques that use the sound of the word, the role of memory, and one’s own relation to space, as the tools for writing and translating a text.

This impossible exhibition will present all material produced during the workshop.


A project by SAND Journal and The Reader Berlin, in partnership with Africavenir and SAVVY Contemporary

Marie-Pascale Hardy//Alan Mills//Jane Flett//Sarnath Banerjee//Göksu Kunak//Klaas von Karlos//Kenny Fries//John K. Peck//MoreBlackThenGod

Curated by Valentina Ramona de Jesús

Free Admission

Special thanks to Nathaniel Mackey, the American poet, novelist, anthologist, literary critic and editor. He has been editor and publisher of Hambone since 1982 and he won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2006. In 2014, he was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and in 2015 he won Yale’s Bollingen Prize for American Poetry.

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