Weisslich vol. 9 | London and Manchester, 13-14/01/17

Image credit: Dimitri Djuric, 2017.

WEISSLICH Vol. 9 featured two evenings of brand new experimental music and performance by some really good musicians from the US and UK. Events took place in Manchester (The Wonder Inn) and London (STYX) featuring:

Read Louis d’Heudieres’ essay on the collaboration between Antonia and myself here.


WE ARE | Voices of Urgency at FIAC | Paris | 22/10/15

WE ARE | a short play by Holly Pester and Emma Bennett

Introduced by the inimitable Alex Cecchetti. Followed by a reading from the wonderful Dorothea Lasky.

Filmed at the Chapelle des Petits-Augustins at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, 22nd October 2015 for Voices of Urgency, a cycle of seminars and discussions relating to poetry and the social sciences. Presented by FIAC, in association with the École nationale supérieur des beaux-arts de Paris and the Maison de la Poésie. Devised and orchestrated by Alex Cecchetti, Voices of Urgency invites the public to four events where poetry lies at the heart of the discussion, in direct confrontation with art and other forms of contemporary thought.

For this night, we were asked to talk and write around the phrase ‘we are’, so we wrote a short play about ethics, comedy and female friendship.

VIRGIL’S BIRTHDAY | Poetry, Performance and Speech | X Marks the Bokship | 15/10/15

I’ll be performing a new thing, voice thing, shouting etc., at this –

Emma Bennett

Shiv Kotecha

Becky La M’eh’rr

& introduction and guidance from Holly Pester

Thursday 15th October 2015, 7-9pm
at X Marks the Bökship

A poet never before hosted in the UK, a travelling artist who may not be fully named, and a performer fresh from a 24hour journey. Join us in celebrating the comedy of their spoken words and their divine proximity.

Shiv Kotecha is a New York poet and the author of EXTRIGUE (Make Now Books 2015), OUTFITS (Troll Thread, 2012) and PAINT THE ROCK (Troll Thread, 2011). Other work can be found at Gauss PDF and elsewhere online. He completes tasks for Collective Task and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at NYU. Instagram @heyguyhere

Emma Bennett is a performance artist and theorist of (stand-up)comedy, and researching for a PhD in Performance Studies at Queen Mary’s, University of London. She has presented her textual, video and performance work in a variety of contexts across the UK and Europe.

Becky La M’eh’rr is an artist and writer currently based in a small Canadian town. She has published and performed her texts and left piles of her books in Berlin, China, London, New York, Vancouver, Vienna, and probably a few other places that she’s forgotten either through deliberate effort or error.

Refracted Light | Poetry Reading at the Wellcome Collection | 02/05/15

Saturday 2nd May, 16.00-16.45

The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London. More details here.

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Over more than 20 years, the American poet Jackson Mac Low composed his ‘Light Poems’, using a chart of 288 words for light. Twenty contemporary poets have responded to this chart, creating their own works, which will be performed here for the first time and published in an anthology available on the day.

Poetry by Tim Atkins, Emma Bennett, Patrick Coyle, Sarah Crewe, Amy Cutler, Inua Ellams, Stephen Emmerson, SJ Fowler, Edmund Hardy, Colin Herd, Dorothy Lehane, Sophie Mayer, Chris McCabe, Mendoza, Tamarin Norwood, Redell Olsen, Holly Pester, Nat Raha, Philip Terry and James Wilkes.

Produced and edited by James Wilkes. With thanks to Anne Tardos.

(Image: Light by Stephen Emmerson. Photo courtesy of the artist.)

Part of On Light

Performance with SJ Fowler for ‘Soundings’ | Hubbub Hub at Wellcome Collection

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“Canals are manmade structures and we can use them for taking deep control of our own warehouse…”


Collaborative performance with SJ Fowler at Camley Street Natural Park, Kings Cross, London. 18 August 2015, 1.45pm.

A performance-tour for people on their lunch break. Interested in the various ‘nature’ metaphors that circulate around notions of inner calm and productivity, we looked at the brown surface of the pond. We thought about the nearby canal as a flow of commerce, leisure and organic matter. We invited our audience to join us in a guided meditation to filter out unwanted noise, reorient our trade routes and reconnect with the brownness within.

Soundings is a series of collaborative sound performances by poet SJ Fowler as part of his residency at the Hubbub Hub at the Wellcome Collection in London. Over the course of a year, Fowler will work with performers from the worlds of sound poetry, experimental music and sonic art including Patrick Coyle, Tamarin Norwood, Dylan Nyoukis and Sharon Gal. Each interaction begins with library staff using their expertise to suggest items from the Library’s collections in response to a title inspired by the research strands of the Hub project.

Soundings is curated by Kimberley Staines, James Wilkes and Felicity Callard. More details here and here.

I will be in residence at the Hub during 2016.

GIFbites at بیت بر ثانیه / Bitrates | May 2014

As part of Bitrates – an exhibition curated by Morehshin Allahyari and Mani Nilchiani at the Dar-ol-Hokoomeh Project, Shiraz, Iran – Daniel Rourke asked 50 artists to create or curate an animated GIF with a short snippet of audio, to be looped together ad infinitum at Bitrates.GIFbites.com. For the opening of Bitrates a select version of this project will be displayed in the gallery, followed by a complete showcase of all the GIFs for the GIFbites exhibition, opening on May 30th 2014 in Shiraz Art House (Daralhokoomeh Project).

‘Bite Him’ gif for GIFbites at بیت بر ثانیه / Bitrates.


See (and hear) it in context here.

Camaradefest V | 26/10/13

(Untitled) performance with Holly Pester for Camaradefest V, Rich Mix, London. 26 October 2013.

Part of the Enemies project, curated by SJ Fowler.

The 5th Camarade event, and the crescendo of the Enemies project’s first year, this ambitious exploration of the possibilities of collaboration in poetry will evidence the true width and depth of poetry that is happening now. 100 poets align in 50 pairs, each writing an original collaborative work, written specifically for the festival and premiered on the day.

View full line-up here.

Videos of all performances here.