really chuffed to be part of Michael Hennessey's great selection form Penn Sound's live readings for the travelling festival Helicotrema in Italy: John Giorno, David Grubbs&Susan Howe Claudia Rankine Cecilia Vicuna Jerome Rothenberg Hannah Weiner .....
Screened at Oslo Internasjonale Poesi Festival.
This short film is based on my chartering a flight to fly a text banner based on a Barbara Hepworth post-war sculpture of 1951 and the US-EU rendition flights post 9/11. Alongside Jordan Scott's premiere of his project: UNSOUND GTMO: recording the State of Exception
This years festival focuses on witness poetry from Germany and Poland to Syria, Iran, Yemen, Ukraine and Guantánamo.
Outdoors morning song at SALT, new Norwegian contemporary arts festival on an island in the North of Norway. With Anouk Molendijk (singing voice) and David Scrufari (sound design). Project in development for Summer 2016, with Michele Pralong (dramaturg).
Premiere of Drift in Norway at this large regional festival. Occasioned a 2-page broadsheet spread w/ interview, not available online, Klassekampen 28 july 2015, exploring the connection between art, actvisim and questions of migrancy. W/ Ingar Zach (percussion) and Thomas Köppel (electronic text).
Premiere of outdoors morning song by the Lac leman in Geneva. Commissioned by MAMCO museum of contemporary art, Geneva. With singing voice (Anouk Molendijk), sound design (David Scrufari). A project being developed for Summer 2016 with Michele Pralong (dramaturg).
Audio/transcribed interview (French):
open my residency with a collective reading and micro words from a great bunch of friends and peers: poets, artists, scholars,... full details in link below. Join us if you can!
9 october, 7pm start
A clip from the live version of Drift to be featured in their edition on The Spoken Word
BB4 Radio 4, Sunday 24 Aug, 23.30/ available to listen until 30 august
UK production: Penned in the Margins and Sound and Music. Additional support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy, London.
+ the book, Drift, just published by Nightboat, NY, June 2014 now w UK distribution.
I will also be able to put aside some time for writing my new piece, a text for sunrise, which will form the basis of a new live collaboration.
More on all this soon!
Alongside work by Cecilia Vicuna, Joshua Mehigan, Jennifer Tamayo, Jessica Greenbaum, Rodrigo Toscano, J. Michael Martinez, and more.
It takes place here (you will know what this means I hope):
Siobhan Davies Studios 85 St George's Rd Elephant & Castle tube
All weekend starting Friday evening. Info here:
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, 547 East Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824
Exciting travelling show of drawings, mixed media and sculptural pieces by around 20 artists/poets. Curated by Leslie Atzmon & Gregory Tom.
NON-TEXT EXHIBITION OF TEXT AS IMAGE
University Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, October 30 - December 11, 2013 - Transfers to: Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, January 11 - February 23, 2014
Great accompanying website:
Audiowork in 3 parts.
Commissioned by Swiss national radio Espace 2 and the MAMCO museum in Geneva to celebrate Art's Birthday on 17 January.
The piece and the art party will air live & satellite from the museum then be stored on the radio's site.
Thrilled to announce that I am performing at the mythical Khoj International Artist Association in New Delhi for the opening of the group show Word.Sound.Power co-curated with Tate Modern. Indian artist Mithu Sen also performs on the night.
The artists whose works will be on view: Jordanian artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan, French-Norwegian artist Caroline Bergvall, Danish artist Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen and five Indian artists including Amar Kanwar, Mithu Sen, Anjali Monteiro & K. P. Jayasankar and Pallavi Paul.
15 January 7.30pm - KHOJ - 17 Kirkhee Extension, New Delhi
Earlier in the season: Cia Rinne and Corine Fitzpatrick a.o.
Artist talk at Open Talk, Thursday 21 Nov, Umeå University Arts Library, 6.30pm.
Thursday 14 nov, 7pm at Austrian Cultural Forum London 28 Rutland Gate London SW7 1PQ
Premiere launch: Shorelines Festival, Metal, Southend-on-Sea, 8-10 Nov 2013
For more info:
Two works of mine: CROP and VOICE re-sited.
Two works: CROP and VOICE re-sited.
1st level, River Entrance, FREE
installed piece in dedicated space: 1DJ2MANY (transmix), audiotext + reflective vinyl lettering on wall
The final curated event of my fellowship.
It a privilege to be able to invite Chilean poet and performer Cecilia Vicuna, performance artist Monica Ross, and poet Sophie Mayer to perform on that night. I am preparing a live set with musician Adam Parkinson.
Judith Wilson Studio, Faculty of English, 7.30, drinks all round. The outside door will be kept open!
The Art Museum of Estonia
Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Launch readings and talks featuring writer Caroline Bergvall, poet Tony Lopez and artist Simon Patterson.
Thursday 11 April, 7.30pm - 9pm - "Booking essential"
Project Art Writing project is an exciting project involving writers and text-based artists, teachers and curators. This pilot project will take place over a period of 3 years and launches this week with my residency. I have been invited to present my work and thoughts in the form of a Reading Room and an ensuing chapbook, to take part in various discussions, to run workshops with the university as well as with the writers' school in Copenhagen, Forfatterskolen. An international seminar concludes this first part of the Project mid-March.
A truly collaborative and cross-institutional effort, Initiated by independent curator and publisher Mathias Kokholm in collaboration with Jette Sunesen, Aarhus Litteraturcenter, Anne Steen Himmelstrup, project manager, Pablo Llambías, writer og director of Forfatterskolen, Jesper Rasmussen, Det Jyske Kunstakademi, Dan Ringgaard, Aarhus Universitet and Ida Marie Hede, writer og artist.
Poets and artists featured across a range of prints, films and items include: John Furnival, Caroline Bergvall, Liliane Lijn, David Miller, John Gibbens, John Hall, Sarah Kelly, Hansjorg Mayer, Alan Halsey, Gavin Selerie, Julie Johnstone, James Harvey, Giles Goodland, Sophie Herxheimer, Matt Martin, Bob Cobbing, Dom Silvester Houedard, Thomas A. Clark, Laurie Clark, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Gad Hollander, Victoria Bean, Tony Lopez, Sam Winston, Rick Myers, Karen Bleitz, Wayne Clements, Antonio Carvalho, Paula Claire, Stephen Emmerson, Simon Cutts and Edwin Morgan.
Corrected_Slogans, special issue published in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver's Postscript show.
This piece shows an aspect of my research into Anglo-Saxon poetics as a way of identifying my Nordic roots. It is the introductory piece of my performance DRIFT. Animated graphic text by Ciaran Maher and audiotext.
Ahead of the launch of the text environment PING in the art magazine's issue #17 (mid Oct), a reading event at the mag's space w NYC poet McGregor Card.
All info in the link - Come if you can!
Features the work of over fifty artists and writers exploring the artistic possibilities of language. Accompanied by publication by The University of Chicago Press. Cureated by Andrea Andersson & Nora Abram Burnett.
installed piece: 1DJ2MANY (elevation mix 2). sound piece + mirror vinyl on mirror. Location: the elevator.
Includes video documents of Say Parsley (2001 and 2010), Middling English and Ghost Cargo + interview w/Stephen Foster, director of JHG.
Ł14.95. Distribution link: Cornerhouse.
Invited to speak at this year's Festival d' Avignon in this series of dialogues between practitioners and critics based on specific themes and plays shown. With Jean Francois Perrier. Chair: Karelle Menine. Audio file of the conversation.
Check out the amazing list of players! Archived at WFMU.
My 1-hour list of poets and pieces boredcasted on 4 March 2012.
As part of the last.lost.grü season of this dynamic city theatre, I present a new live piece inspired by Old English signs and texts. The longing at the heart of an ancient North Sea travel poem, The Seafarer, written by an anonymous poet of the 10th century, is the primary source of my text performance and is used also as a reminder of the plight of many of today’s wanderers and exiles across the waters. Commissioned by GRÜ/Transtheatre.
I work with the Norwegian improv percussionist Ingar Zach. Videos: Eva Roovers & Erica Scourti. Electronic texts: Ciaran Maher. Dramaturgy: Michele Pralong. Duration: 70 minutes.
GRÜ, 16 rue du General Dufour, Black Box, Friday 15 June, 9pm . 13 CHF. Reservations: +41 22 328 98 78 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ninth Annual Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival will be held April 20-22, 2012 in Bronxville, New York. Entirely student-run, it's the largest free poetry festival in New York State. I read on the Saturday night.
Rachel Blau DuPlessis Lecture in Poetics
8:00 P.M. Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222
Somewhere in her programme of DAY 4I have an hour-long playlist of readings and noises by various poets!
concept text & voice C Bergvall sound Adam Parkinson strings Grieg et al production GRÜ/Transtheatre
Writers and writing teachers from a range of Nordic writing schools meet in Denmark to discuss writing pedagogies. I plan a keynote summarising my work with Performance Writing and some of the aims of teaching interdisciplinary writing processes.
The first Platforma Festival, takes place in London from 29th November 2011. Bringing together performers, artists and organisations from across the UK, the Festival will be a celebration of the arts by and about refugees and a chance to discuss different aspects of artistic practice. Hosted by Rich Mix and Live Art Development Agency.
Translated by Abigail Lang, Vincent Broqua and Anne Portugal.
Reading at the Museum of Modern Art, Geneva, as part of their series VOIX-OFF.
During my week's residency as part of Corps Etrangers curated by V. Barras & J. Demierre.
Tuesday 1 Nov, 18.30.
Invited by the collaborative sonic-linguistic voice duo Vincent Barras & Jacques Demierre to put my work under their creative scrutiny. A week of shared open workshops, testing ground, closing with public presentations at the Grutli Theatre. This is the first of four text voicing and performance events orchestrated by Barras & Demierre, up until May 2012. Input from a scenografer, sound engineer, art students and others expected. Other invited speechers: Encyclopedie de la Parole, Chris Mann.
GRÜ / transthéâtre 16, rue Général-Dufour 1204 Genève +41 (0)22 328 98 68.
My installation work is in residence: Front cover and Visual Centrefold w/ text material.
Launch reading w Marilyn Hacker, Carol Watts, Norbert Hirschhorn, Nathan Hamilton and David Barnes.
Free event. 10 October. 7.30-9.30. The Poetry Studio (upstairs from The Poetry Cafe), 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BX
Hike the average life of illusion on the road living the dark wooded path deviated from the right. Google Translate (via Eino Leino). 2011.
by Finnish poet Karri Kokko. See his visual blog Lettttere. thank you too good.
Mémoire du Moyen Age dans la Poesie Contemporaine, Paris.
Colloquium of papers and readings from 45 participants in various Paris locations. Jacques Roubaud's work on the troubadours and the crucial role on his own work much celebrated and admired. I contribute w a presentation of Meddle English and pieces from my "Shorter Chaucer Tales" in a French translation by Vincent Broqua, Abigail Lang and Anne Portugal.
Org. by Nathalie Koble, Mireille Seguy, Amandine Mussou.
One can nominate UK sites, please do: there is a need for more art and writing sites/blogs in the archive.
by Johnny Hernandez, April 2011, Small Press Distribution, San Francisco
by Kamilla Löfström, for the daily Danish newspaper Information, 26 May 2011.
The review brings out the poetic and historic connections made in the book between Middle English and contemporary Scandinavian languages.
More info on the blog. Video and audio links of the discussions uploaded as they get edited.
14-16 September 2011, Centre d'Etudes du Moyen Age (CEMA)/Ecole Normale Superieure.
Produced with Writing Encounters, a York-based initiative that supports writers and artists who work with text.
Follow up event planned with Leeds City Gallery, Spring 2012.
Formal conversation with Stephen Foster, director of the John Hansard Gallery, on the drives and ideas about language, writing and archives underpinning the show "Middling English", commissioned by the gallery last year. Also hosted on iTunes U.
Cross platform: Sound in Other Media, the Wire: Adventures in Modern Music, full page.
...what does it entail to be a second-language writer in the medieval digital age...
Moving image research and technical assistance: Erica Scourti. Live pic : Claire MacDonald.
The three of us invited to read good length sets (w two breaks) for packed audience in the most wonderfully hollowed washed out gallery space.
Delighted to be part of the issue w this edited conversation w Canadian scholar Susan Rudy around the latest instalment of my sited & collaborative work Say Parsley.
Great programme as whole. See link for taster and dates.
Under the shadow of Maeterlinck, I read on April Fool's night with 5 other poets and 1 guitarist at this great Belgian poetry fest.
Cia Rinne (Zweden / Finland / Denemarken) Hannah Silva (UK) Caroline Bergvall (Frankrijk / Noorwegen) Lucille Calmel (Frankrijk / België) Laurence Vielle (België) Nora Gomringer (Duitsland), Roland Van Campenhout (België).
Opening talk, 17 March 2011:
> I framed various points around ghosting, doubling, translating, co/composing & played excerpts from a few great recent pieces by : Will Montgomery & Carol Watts' Pitch —— David Grubbs & Susan Howe's Souls of the Labadie Tract —— Sussan Deihim's rendition of E.A Poe's A Shadow —— Jordan Scott's Flub and Utter video —— Tracie Morris' My Great Aunt meets a Bush Supporter —— I closed on the video I've recently finished on my Middling English installation.
Next artist talk for Larm Radio, Friday 25 March 2011.
Visit to the writers school Forfatter Skolen, 4-5 April, w poet Martin Glaz Serup.
Three pieces from Meddle English are now available at the Academy of American Poets site: "Cat in the Throat" (short version) — "The Not Tale (Funeral)" — and this one in full:
A paradoxical pleasure is both solid nor liquid that can be wet, dry, hard, soft, expansive, changeable. An intricate and hollow polymer network is energy transport at its finest, a compound structure of gas nor bubbles nor fans. Once hardened it can be tough to break. What binds. A gel for instance can envelop like an elastic skin. It can be prodded distorted pushed about, yet will bounce back and hold its shape. Under greater surface tension, it breaks into liquid starts to flow,...
from "About Foam"
As part of the British Library's exhibition, Evolving English, I will be presenting an artist talk.
Sunday 5 March, 3.30pm. Free and Open to all.
The poetry and artwork of Caroline Bergvall examines language in a constant state of evolution.... by Justin Hopper
9 Feb, Presentation, Brooklyn College, Tanger Auditorium, 6pm
10 Feb, The John Ashbery Poetry Series, Bard College, Weis Cinema, 6pm
12 Feb, Segue Reading, with Sarah Dowling, Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, NYC 4-6pm
13 Feb, Nightboat group reading and launch party, Poets House, 10 River Terrace, 3-5pm
14 Feb, The Poetry Project, with Kim Rosenfield, St Marks Church, NYC, 8pm
15 Feb, Presentation, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, 644 College Hall, 4.30pm
Book design: Kevin Mount. Front cover: from The Myrrour of the Worlde, publ. by Caxton, 1490.
Nightboat Books, NY. (Official publ. date March 2011). UK / EU distr. Eurospan.
WebSYNradio est une radio de création en streaming 24/7 diffusée sur le site de la revue Droit de Cités. Chaque semaine un artiste propose une intervention inédite. //. WebSYNradio : a workshop for the review Droit de Cités and a radio program hosted by Dominique Balaÿ.
1hr mix of pieces by poets and musicians, in collaboration or solo.
Lee Ann Brown, "Underwear", from the song cycle The13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, live reading NY 2003
Tom Phillips & Gavin Bryars "Chorus (Love is Help Mate)" from Irma opera (1968)
Sawako Nakayasu, "Capacity" on collective Kenning CD (2008)
Ida Börjel & Mathias Kristerson, "Söndag V.42 2005 (Disponentgatan)" on collective Audioei #26 CD (2006)
Caroline Bergvall & Adam Parkinson "1DJ2MANY (microa)" unused mix, prep work towards installation (2010)
Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros & John Giorno, live from Les Soirees Nomades, Fondation Cartier, Paris 2008
Charles Bernstein & Ben Yarmolinsky "The Show's Sensational" from The Lenny Paschen Show opera.
Rosmarie Waldrop, "Short American Memory of Salem", live reading Buffalo (1992)
Will Montgomery & Carol Watts, "Pitch", homage to Luigi Nono (2010)
Robert Ashley, "In Sara Mencken, Chirst and Beethoven there were men and women" (1972)
Tracie Morris, "My Great Aunt Meets a Bush Supporter" Penn Sound studio rec (2005)
Caroline Bergvall & Adam Parkinson "1DJMANY (microb)" unused mix, prep work towards installation (2010)
Laurie Anderson "Closed Circuits" (1977)
Linh Dinh "Eating Fried Chicken", Penn Sound studio rec (2007)
Cia Rinne & Sebastian Eskildsen, "Sounds for Soloists" (2010)
Barbara Barg & Barbara Ess, "Excerpts from A streetcar named desire, for Blanche" on Tellus #5-6 special audiovisual issue (1984)
Bernadette Mayer, "Catullus #48" w/ the Latin.
sources: Penn Sound, ubuweb, Fondation Cartier, lent artist files.
Panels, performances and exhibitions
This international interdisciplinary conference seeks to generate new theories and practices of subjectivity – ‘sexuate subjects’ – through contemporary poetic and political research in the visual arts, humanities and social sciences, and with reference to Luce Irigaray’s theory of ‘sexuate difference’. By examining these complex expressions of our physical and psychic lives through artefact, body, dialogue, image, installation and word, the event will provide a platform of diverse approaches which can help us build sexuate futures for all. Such approaches aim to contribute towards developing more nuanced understandings of the diversity of global cultures and their academic and public intersections.
My contribution alongside Dr Doina Petrescu & Jananne Al-Ani - Friday 6:30-8:00pm
Available from Dec in UK arts bookshops and from Cornerhouse
Full colour, hardback, 72 pages.
Includes interview w Imogen Stidworthy, essay by Vincent Broqua, original texts by Caroline Bergvall.
w/ CD of 3 tracks from the show: mixes by Adam Parkinson.
Rome est le pays miême de la crème glacée
et depuis des générations, tant pérégrins que gents de bourgs
ce peuple verni, à table jouasse et béat
a renoncé au dessert à l’auberge
pour la simple plaisance
d’aller manger sa glace au soleil.
Translated by members of Double Change: Vincent Broqua, Abigail Lang, and Omar Berrada with Anne Portugal.
All juicit with an arseful of moola, wonga, clams & squids
doks stasht in identikl blakcases hanging from ther hans
2 Suits, a mega pair of Smith, Blupils no dout,
viddying how they trading outa goodness welth stuporifik,
shake handes, hug n abuse ech othre on the bak.
It’s a total blowout! we tawking millions a squilyons,
zilyons a nanilyons, bilyons a teramilyons
jus 4 kreaming the topping, o my brother.
This text and much else soon available in my book of new & selected, Meddle English (Nightboat, NY).
2pm - guided tour by caroline bergvall
a John Hansard Gallery exhibition
Middling English traverses language from sci-fi/horror and city lingo to dark humour, unexplained spellings, Chaucerian glossary via bilingual code switchings and texting vernaculars. Each element of text, site, sound and materials is mixed into one complex viewing and listening environment.
A site specific installation, a form of abstract theatre.
A show conceived by C Bergvall in collaboration with the John Hansard Gallery, and w/ DvsN, Adam Parkinson, Zahra Mani, Alex Prokop.
Contemporary Women's Writing: New Texts, Approaches, and Technologies is the theme of the Third Biennial International Conference of the Contemporary Women's Writing Network in collaboration with San Diego State University.
Doing workshops, presenting work, reading w peers and students. Of whom Tracie Morris, Alan Gilbert, Lisa Jarnot, Michael Heller, Brenda Hillman, and many others, in the bright light of Colorado.
Initially commissioned by Spacex Gallery in 2001.
Pic Jamie Woodley.
A month-long residency in Paris, around motifs of bilingualism, translation, and linguistic performance in my work.
Organised by Vincent Broqua and sponsored by Paris 12, IMAGER & Double Change. The residency is organised as a series of seminars and round-tables w poets and translators based in Paris.
Taking the lead from the recently published anthology of works Playing with Words: The Spoken Word in Artistic Practice, this event encompasses performances, talks and conversations by artists and researchers who employ spoken words as their material and inspiration.
Participants include: Tomomi Adachi, Caroline Bergvall, David Toop, Imogen Stidworthy, Brandon LaBelle, Oswaldo Macià and Trevor Wishart.
Just out on Agriculture. Review & playlist here
Reading shared with Sandy Baldwin. Followed by 2 days talks & discussions.
Collaborative Arts residency with Rodney McMillian.
Summary of our open-ended findings and some visual material online here incl. video interview.
Other contributors incl.
Thalia Field, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Anne Waldman & Lisa Jarnot, Josh Friedman, Lisa Birman, Verbobala,...