In June 2013 we asked the contributors to the Archive of the Now to describe their experience of recording and their thinking about poetry and performance. Here is a selection of responses.
Cristina Judar – Questions towards a Live Writing
Cristina Veiga Judar, a writer from São Paulo, Brazil, was poet-in-residence in the Archive for one month in February – March 2015, sponsored by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture and the British Council. For this project, she produced new writing for the Archive of the Now inspired by interviews with Londoners. These texts were translated by Chanté Berry-Gordon, Katy Carroll and Davina Bharj. You can read Cristina’s texts and listen to the interviews with passersby here.
Interview with Salome Voegelin
This interview with Salome Voegelin was conducted by Lawrence Uziell-Hamilton in the anechoic chamber at UCL.
Kiddy Kamarade: “Crackling Hot in Pans Sometimes”
Monday 19th May 2014. Sophie Mayer.
Archive of the Now hosted Kiddy Kamarade, an avant-garde poetry workshop for families, on 10th May at Rich Mix. This post documents the fun – including postcards, potions, oceans, acrostics, corpses (of the exquisite variety), and a film of our trip to the moon. Also includes a how-to for your own kiddy kamarade projects.
“We Are Primed for Patterned Language”: Listening Together
Monday 7th April, 2014. Sophie Mayer
Sophie Mayer reports on an experiment in collective listening, wondering whether digital audio recordings of poetry could provide a way to (re)connect to both poetry and community.
Cutting Up the Archive: Practice.
Wednesday March 12th, 2014. Sophie Mayer
Responding to the energy of a poetry cut-up workshop held during the recent strikes, a how-to for creating digital audio cut-ups using free, open-source software.
After Turing: A Digital Poethics
January 7th, 2014. Sophie Mayer
Marking Alan Turing’s royal pardon and the release of Pussy Riot, a consideration of the field of digital poetics and how it indicates that the Turing test might be asking the wrong question.
Girls Get Life
December 2nd, 2013, Sophie Mayer
Hear (differently) the readings from Infinite Difference (ed. Carrie Etter) recorded at the Contemporary Women’s Experimental Writing Conference in Manchester, as they derange the patriarchal sentence.
Always an Alibi Available: Performance Writing(s) & Text Festivals
November 5th, 2013, Sophie Mayer
A joint review of new critical books by John Hall, Essays on Performance Writing and Tony Lopez, The Text Festivals, both concerned with the contemporary British avant-garde and its dual resistance to, and entry into, the archive.
Archive of the Here: Listening to Liverpool
October 9th 2013, Sophie Mayer
On the experience of recording five poets based in or originating from the north-west for the Archive of the Now: Richard Barrett, Sarah Crewe, Fiona Curran, Tom Jenks & Sandeep Parmar.