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.


Some Place of Avoiding an Animal | South London Gallery

“In rooms texts change; bodies and machines perform because rules are decided and broken

Rules are broken not language. Shifting things cannot be broken.

It is I is We is Amorphous
Amorphous is We is I is It 

These texts are not voices they are scripts.”

 Published by the South London Gallery on the occasion of Dorine van Meel’s residency and exhibition, Between the Dog and the Wolf, 15 April – 14 June 2015, Some Place of Avoiding an Animal is a collaboration between artists and writers: J. A. Harrington, Emma Bennett, Jesse Darling, Susanna Davies-Crook, Kati Kärki, Dorine van Meel, Claire Potter and Erica Scourti.

Initiated by a series of writing workshops led by guest artists Pil and Galia, Melissa Gordon and M. Dean, the writing was informed by a number of exercises which were formulated during the course of the project. Starting with the wish to articulate their subjective positions through writing, the authors exchanged their own sentences amongst each other, thereby creating an ever more complex composition of merging voices, which challenged the idea of a simple, coherent and fixed subject. The final exercise comprised an evening of performative readings by the contributors at the SLG.

Published in an edition of 250, there are seven different covers available each with a text created by one of the contributors.

If you would like to receive a particular cover please contact the SLG bookshop on 020 7703 6120 or ISBN: 978-1-898461-49-4, soft back, 57 pages.

The publication is designed by Rogier Delfos and has been commissioned by the South London Gallery as part of the Nina Stewart Artist Residency of which Dorine van Meel is the fourth recipient.

Background Noise – performance at Aural Lighthouses | Santozeum Museum, Santorini | 18-23 May 2015

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Background Noise – beside ourselves with our beating hearts

A performance created in collaboration with Ella Finer, Flora Pitrolo and Robert Jack created for Aural Lighthouses at Santozeum Museum, Santorini.

Curated by Ileana Drinovan-Nomikos, the event hosts artists and scholars from around the world including Greece, United States, India,United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and Italy.

Sound artists and atmospheric scientists are brought together to evoke the emotional, affective and visceral responses of sound and frequency, and their effect beyond what scientifically manifests in graphs and images.

We played records and sounded-out disasters both fictional and half-fictional on a hell of a windy rooftop at night.



I’ll be performing with Holly Pester at this:

A/H/D/B // Charismatic Megafauna
Saturday 9th May
8pm – Midnight
Open School East 43 De Beauvoir road, London. N1 5SQ

all-drum . all-live . all-female . all-loud

“warped sexual assault statistics are pummelled under stick and foot, with all three members laying their catharsis upon a single drum kit. Yelped voices and vibrant playsuit colours project forth, as the group tip between skeletal punk, thunderous tribe and the brink of total collapse”– Jack Chuter, ATTN Magazine

After/Hours/Drop/Box invites Charismatic Megafauna for the first in a new series of live events in the basement space at Open School East.
Support comes in the form of selected video screenings, live contributions from Holly Pester & Emma Bennett and an all-female playlist by Sophie Risner.
Organised by current OSE associate artist John Lawrence, A/H/D/B initiates collaborative projects at the intersection of music, video and live performance.

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.)

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