Archives for category: concrete / visual poetry

CONCRETE & CONSTRAINT, a new display at London’s bookartbookshop (31 May – 13 June) featuring new editions from no press, Blasted Tree, libros del pez espiral, Spacecraft Press, Penteract Press, Jean Boîte Editions, above/ground and edition taberna kritika, Coach House Books and information as material … thank you to Tanya Peixoto for curating this exhibit!

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vexations-3-77The third of a projected 10 volumes, VEXATIONS BOOK 3: Lexmark XM5163 decomposes the score of Erik Satie’s masterpiece through repeated photocopy degeneration. Beaulieu’s VEXATIONS moves writing towards “furniture music.”

Each volume uses a different photocopier to degenerate Satie’s score – with startlingly unique results. Taken as a 10-book suite, the completed project will present 840 variations (84 variations per book over 10 books)

Purchase a copy here (limited edition of 26 copies; 176 pages $26 + shipping)

Download a free PDF here

Pour se jouer 840 fois de suite ce motif,

il sera bon de se préparer au préalable,

et dans le plus grand silence, par des immobilités sérieuses

—Erik Satie

(“In order to play the theme 840 times in succession,

it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand,

and in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities”)

—Erik Satie

Calgary’s Blasted Tree Press has just issued a new leaflet of mine, “In Memoriam, Bob Cobbing and Jennifer Pike Cobbing” 15941117_10158057490310704_3328122276796633481_n

penteractlogoAnthony Etherin’s Shropshire, UK-based Pentaract press has just published my

Five Poems (for Leonard Dawe) 

“A leaflet presenting five visual poems inspired by the strange story of Leonard Dawe, a wartime teacher and crossword compiler for The Daily Telegraph, who, at the time of the D-Day invasion, became the unwitting subject of an MI5 espionage investigation….”

Copies are available for £2 plus p&p. Paypal is preferred. To order, please email penteractpress@gmail.com.

Flat Singles Press – a small press dedicated to printing on found and reclaimed paper, has just printed a visual poem of mine in an edition of 10, all made on old envelopes … thanks Joe! fullsizerender fullsizerender3

Rachel Defay-Liautard’s ASMR Editions has just published my Since 2005 I have edited and published no press, a small dedicated to publishing whatever the hell i feel likein an incredible individually handwritten edition … gorgeous!

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I was approached a few months back to create a poem in response to The Vimy Foundation‘s replanting of oak trees at Vimy Ridge for the 100th anniversary of that First World War battle: “Quercus (for Guillaume Apollinaire)” is the result.

I arranged the names of every type of oak tree that grows in Canada and France in a column designed to evoke classical memorials and the trunks of grand oaks. Embedded within the column, quietly asserting a poetry within the trunks and branches, is a single quotation from Apollinaire’s famous 1st World War poem “Le Petit Auto” [“The Little Car”, 1914]. Apolllinaire’s calligrams were the precursor for the contemporary concrete poem and his work stands testament to the affect of the French avant-garde on contemporary poetics. and “Quercus” evokes his subtle arrangement of letters in tear drops and machinery. “Quercus” embeds Apollinaire’s “Nations hurled together so they / might learn to know one another” setting the line within the very trees and columns which stand testament to the lives lost. Apollinaire himself survived a head wound at the front in 1916, but died from the Spanish Flu two days before the armistice, Nov 9, 1918.Nations hurled together so they might learn to know one another

 

IMG_1788IMG_1793IMG_1792IMG_1776Today I was honoured to be part of the unveiling of the new helmets for the Canadian National Luge Team! I have been lucky to work – as part of Helmets for Heroes – with Arianne Jones and her teammates on the Canadian National Luge Team, alongside Cassandra (age 11) to design Arianne a helmet that she can use at the World Cup and in competition through-out 2015-2016!

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Media Coverage:

#PutALidOnIt – 21st Century Reading

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“Calgary kids, artists connect with Canadian luge team to create unique helmets” – Metro News Calgary

“Canada’s lugers eager for home track advantage” – CBC Calgary

“Canada’s lugers look for home-track magic again in Calgary World Cup” – Calgary Herald

“Olympic Luge Athletes Encourage Canadians to ‘Put a Lid on it'” – Luge Canada

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Canadian Luge Team and Helmets for Heroes Launch Brain Injury Awareness Campaign

It may be the most talked about issue in elite sport these days. But brain injuries extend far beyond high-performance athletes.

WireService.ca Media Release (12/14/2015) Calgary, AB – That is why Canada’s luge athletes have teamed up with Helmets for Heroes to launch a brain injury awareness campaign December 15 while readying themselves to host the best sliding sport athletes on the planet for the 2015 Viessmann Luge World Cup in Calgary. The media conference will be held in the Ice House at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park.

The seven members of the national luge squad will address the media with a group of inspiring young children from the Calgary community who have suffered brain injuries along with a group of artists who have helped specially-design the team’s helmets this year that will be a constant reminder of the importance of helmet use when playing.

Partnering with Helmets for Heroes – a powerful initiative that builds tight bonds with athletes and the community while sharing their heartfelt stories through sporting helmets – the team will wear the helmets for the entire season to reinforce the importance of getting fitted and wearing helmets while playing.

As part of the season-long initiative, the team will also provide details around a series of video vignettes that will be released throughout the winter season stressing the importance of wearing proper helmets and making smart decisions to reduce the risk of brain injuries.

Who: Child Artists who have Suffered Brain Injuries

Canadian Luge Team
Dr. Brian Benson – CMO & Director, Sport Medicine
Brad Spence – Two-Time Olympian, Alpine Skiing, founder of Helmets for Heroes
Local Artists involved with the campaign

Where: Ice House – Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park

When: Tuesday, December 15 – 12 noon

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Chris Dornan
Media and Public Relations
Canadian Luge Association
T: 403-620-8731

No Press is proud to announce the publication of

The Old Man’s Illustrated Library: Issues #36 and #5: Typee & Moby Dick by Johnny Damm

Published in a limited edition of 40 copies (only 20 of which are for sale from the press), The Old Man’s Illustrated Library: Issues #36 and #5: Typee & Moby Dick is available for $5.00 including domestic postage (+ $2 non-Canadian postage). To order please email derek beaulieu.

Featuring 5 beautiful full-colour images, Damm’s chapbook creates a melancholy biography of Herman Melville in miniature through collaged Classic Comics

TOTAL RECALL 1 August — 3 October, 2015 

BURY ART MUSEUM

Moss St, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0DR, United Kingdom

How do you remember the people who are important to you? How do you conjure your shared past? Is it in an image, a sound, a smell, a touch? Or do you use words?

We invited world-leading poets and text-artists to make a language-memory for Tony Trehy, who has directed the internationally renowned Text Festival at Bury Art Museum since 2005. This exhibition celebrates a 10-year anniversary of the Festival and a 20-year anniversary of Tony’s time at Bury. Writing on a wall, an Internet search, a diary entry, a flurry of thoughts … what is remembering and who is it for?

Tony Trehy has been the ring-leader of decade-long conversations, new opportunities, challenges and heated debates. Each of his four Text Festivals has added to a continuing dialogue between language and art. Every Text Festival has asked the audience a simple-but-complex question: How do I read?

Into the historic space of Bury Art Museum, Trehy has injected text that is a new ‘language art’ for the 21st Century. Bury was once the centre of paper-making in Britain, now it is a pioneer of language-making, with its Text Archive welcoming readers from all over the world.

TOTAL RECALL is a guerrilla makeover, an A4 invasion of reading into the larger narrative of looking. Unlike the street signs outside, these are not corporate instructions or sales pitches; they are antidotes. Walls, vitrine, archival box—nary a “book” to be found, but a heap of language left in memory.

TOTAL RECALL includes work by local, national and international text-based artists and poets: angela rawlings, Alan Halsey, Barrie Tullett, Carolyn Thompson, Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim, Darren Marsh, derek beaulieu, Emma Cocker, Eric Zboya, Erica Baum, Jaap Blonk, James Davies, Jayne Dyer, Jesse Glass, Karri Kokko, Kristen Mueller, Lawrence Weiner, Leanne Bridgewater, Liz Collini, Lucy Harvest Clarke, Marco Giovenale, Márton Koppány, Matt Dalby, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Paula Claire, Penny Anderson, Peter Jaeger, Philip Davenport, Rachel Defay-Liautard, Robert Grenier, Ron Silliman, Satu Kaikkonen, Sarah Sanders, Seekers of Lice, Stephen Emmerson, Steve Giasson, Steve Miller, Tom Jenks, and Tony Lopez.

— derek beaulieu and Phil Davenport, Curators

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I will be posting installation photographs in the coming weeks (and other exciting announcements), but here are a few excerpts from the exhibition:

a.rawlings - "Nutrition Facts"

a.rawlings – “Nutrition Facts”

Alan Halsey - "Notation" #1

Alan Halsey – “Notation” #1

Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim - excerpt from "The Great Treatise"

Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim – excerpt from “The Great Treatise”

Eric Zboya - "Barney 'A Portrait'"

Eric Zboya – “Barney ‘A Portrait'”

Jaap Blonk - "Wind for Tony"

Jaap Blonk – “Wind for Tony”

Steve Emmerson - "Paul Written"

Steve Emmerson – “Paul Written”

Erica Baum "Total Recall" #1

Erica Baum “Total Recall” #1

Barrie Tullett - "Our Memories are Constructed" #2

Barrie Tullett – “Our Memories are Constructed” #2