CAROLINE BERGVALL is an artist, poet and vocal performer. French-Norwegian based in London, UK. Works across artforms, media and languages. The recipient of many awards and commissions, her work frequently develops through exploring material traces, literary documents and linguistic detail, language and literary history, sites and histories, hidden or forgotten knowledges. Her sparse textual, spatial and audio works often expose hidden or difficult historical/political events.
Projects alternate between books and printed matter, audio pieces, collaborative performances, site-specific installations. A strong exponent of writing & performance methods adapted to contemporary audiovisual and contextual situations, as well as multilingual identities.
Awarded a Cholmondeley Award (2017). First recipient of the art literary prize Prix Littéraire Bernard Heidsieck-Centre Pompidou (2017). Awarded a Bogliasco Fellowship, Italy. Visiting Professor, Kings College London since 2017-2019.
Books such as Drift (NY 2014) and Meddle English (NY 2011) have harnessed sustained interest and reviews both in the US and Europe. Meddle English has been translated into French as L’Anglais Mêlé (2018).
Forthcoming: book Alisoun Sings (Nightboat 2019); live work (Conference (After Lecan), Dublin ILF (2019).
Recent Commissions: Conference (After Attar), spatialized symposium, Whitstable Biennale (2018), Pressing Clouds Passing Crowds, text & voice, for Kym Myhr CD, Hubro (2018), Oh My Oh My, audiowork Documenta14, Kassel/Athens (2017); Ragadawn (La Batie, CH / Estuary Festival, UK 2016); Together, installed audiowork, Mamco Museum, Geneva (2014);
Selected performances/installations: Atlas Arts (Isle of Skye), MUCEM (Marseille); Actoral (Marseille); Ritournelles (Bordeaux); Festival de laBatie (Geneva); Tate Modern (London), Serpentine Gallery (London), Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol); Whitstable Biennale (Whistable), Louisiana Museum (Copenhagen), Khoj Art Centre (New Delhi), Fondation Vuitton (Paris); Southbank Centre (London); Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol), MUkHa (Antwerp), MACBA (Barcelona); Samtidsmuseet (Oslo); Luma Foundation (Zurich); MAMCO Museum of Contemporary Art (Geneva); Fundacio Tapiès, (Barcelona); MCA (Denver), MOMA (NY), Whitney Biennial (NY); The Power Plant (Toronto), St. Marks Poetry Center (NY).
Solo Shows: Drift, Callicoon Fine Arts, (NYC, 2015); Front, Vita Kuben, Norrlandsoperan (Umeå, Sweden, 2013); Middling English (John Hansard Gallery, 2010); My Chaucer (DIA Foundation/Belladonna,2005), Say: Parsley (Spacex, 2001).
Selected Group Shows: Making Migration Visible (ICA/MECA,2018), Time After Time (John Hansard Gallery, 2018), Poesie Now! (Fondation Vuitton, Paris, 2014); Word. Sound. Power (Tate Modern & Khoj Art Centre, New Delhi, 2014); Postscript (MCA Denver/ Powerplant, Toronto, 2013); Visual Poetics (South Bank Centre, London, 2012)
Work in Recent Anthologies : Time After Time catalogue, John Hansard Gallery (2018); The New Concrete (Hayward Gallery, 2015), The Animated Reader (New Museum, NY 2015);
Residencies, Fellowships and Positions: Bogliasco Foundation, Italy (Spring 2019); Visiting Professor, Kings College London (2017-2019); Mellon Collaborative Fellowship, Gray Center for Art and Enquiry, Chicago (2016); Writer-in-Residence, Whitechapel Gallery, London (September 2014-April 2015); Judith E. Wilson Fellow in Poetry and Drama (Cambridge, 2013-14); AHRC Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts (Southampton, 2007-2010); Co-Chair of Writing, Bard College, NY (2004-2007); Director Performance Writing, Dartington College of Arts (1994-2000)
As a scholar and professor, she has taught in the UK, Europe and the US both in art schools and universities. She was instrumental in setting up the interdisciplinary Performance Writing programme at Dartington College of Arts (1994-2000) and has been co-chair in Writing at Bard College (NY). Mellon Fellow in Collaborative Arts (w/ Jen Scappettone & Judd Morrissey), University of Chicago (2016). Writer-in-Residence, Whitechapel Gallery (2014). Judith E. Wilson Fellowship, Cambridge University (2013-14). AHRC Fellow in the Performing Arts (2007-2010). Currently Visiting Professor, Kings College London.
Thank heaven for Caroline Bergvall, an artist and poet pushing the boundaries of language in a blogged-up and twittering digital world – The Guardian
Caroline Bergvall has emerged over the past decade as one of the most brilliantly inventive poets of our time – Charles Bernstein