“So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive” –– Audre Lorde, The Black Unicorn, 1978.
“Cultivate a flavour that/grows from within/for the sake of our own/starvation” -– Marie Pascale Hardy, personal records, 2016.
“That the impossible should be asked of me, good, what else could be asked of me” –– Samuel Beckett, Unnamable, 1953.
Is the poem an artifact? Is technology a poetic medium?
This day-long workshop will serve as the platform for poets and all kinds of sound enthusiasts to come together for a debate on the issues concerning the discursive and material intersections of poetry and technology.
As part of the Stadtsprachen Literaturfestival, participants of all backgrounds and levels of experience are invited to join a group of selected artists in creating and conceptualizing texts and sonic devices.
During the first part of the workshop, Donna Stonecipher will help participants to familiarize themselves with alternative translation techniques that use sound, memory, and one’s own relation to space as the tools to “translate” a poem and the potential for the translation of texts within a single language. Finally, all participants will have the chance to write their own homophonic poems and translations.
The second part of the workshop –led by the sound poets and performers of Rudolf Kollektiv– will focus on taking these poems and translating them again into pure sound. To do this, participants will learn to build a range of simple sonic devices; contact microphones, optical theremins (a light sensor noise device) and amplifiers. These devices will be used to intervene (and interfere) with the texts created.
In the process of doing so, the workshop will ask: is sound the medium of what resides outside the world of ‘meaning’?
The material that results from this day-long workshop will be presented in the exhibition “sound and cerement//technologies of de-cay” which will take place on the 4th of November at SAVVY Contemporary.
Invited artists: Marie-Pascale Hardy//Alan Mills//Sarnath Banerjee//Göksu Kunak//Jane Flett//Kenny Fries//John K. Peck//Klaas von Karlos//Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt
Open places: 20
Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided.
Admission: 10 €
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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.