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Experimental Writing @ Carroll / Fletcher: Dawn Poetics: Caroline Bergvall...
Wed 14 September 2016, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
Experimental Writing @ Carroll / Fletcher
Dawn Poetics: Caroline Bergvall in conversation with Marina Warner
Wednesday 14 September 2016, 7pm
Carroll / Fletcher, 56-57 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8EQ
Artist, writer and performer Caroline Bergvall will perform and present a selection of video documents from earlier works including Ghost Cargo (2011) and Drift (2014) before introducing her performance Ragadawn (2016). Ragadawn, Caroline's much anticipated new work, is a sunrise performance that explores the crossing of boundaries and altered states of being through vocal composition, rhythmical speech patterns and recorded languages. Following the screening and presentation, Caroline will be joined by Professor Marina Warner to talk about dawn poetics, metamorphosis, liminality, gendering, and darkness and light.
Ragadawn (2016) will premiere in the UK as a one-off performance at the Estuary Festival on Sunday 18 September 2016 at 6:38am. The work is co-produced by Metal, Southend-on-Sea, and Festival de la Batie, Geneva. Ragadawn will embark on an international tour in 2017 and is supported by Ville de Genève, Etat de Genève, Fondation Wilsdorf, Fondation Göhner and Royal Norwegian Embassy, London.
This event is part of the series Experimental Writing @ Carroll / Fletcher, hosted by the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture in collaboration with Carroll / Fletcher gallery. For more information about the event, please contact Georgina Colby at email@example.com.
CAROLINE BERGVALL is an artist, writer and performer who works across various art forms, media and languages. The recipient of many awards and commissions, her work frequently develops through exploring material traces, literary documents and linguistic detail, language and literary history, sites and histories, and hidden or forgotten knowledge. Her sparse textual, spatial and audio works often expose hidden or difficult historical/political events. She is especially noted for her researched multi-genre textual work and her strong verbal and vocal performances. Projects alternate between books, printed matter, audio pieces, collaborative performances, and site-specific installations. Caroline is based in London and Geneva.
Recent projects include DRIFT (2013-2015), from which texts, drawings and maps were published by Nightboat Books (NY, 2014). A collaborative performance involving voice, percussion, and datawork toured the UK and Scandinavia (2014) and premieres in Geneva, Switzerland in 2016. Solo shows of graphic works and audio compositions were shown at Callicoon Fine Art gallery (NY, 2015) and are currently on show at CAC (Geneva, 2016). A new audio commission TOGETHER (keeping it/Losing it/Doing it) (2014), a voicework in 3 parts, was on Swiss radio RTS2 and at MAMCO Museum of Contemporary Art (Geneva, 2014), and premieres as a performance at Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse in October 2016.
Other available publications are Meddle English: New and Selected Texts (Nightboat Books, 2011); Middling English (John Hansard Publications, 2010); and a DVD of installations, Ghost Pieces: five language-based installations (John Hansard Publications, 2011).
Selected solo and group shows include Whitney Biennial (NY); Tate Modern (London); Louisiana Literature Festival (Copenhagen); Khoj Art Centre (New Delhi); MCA (Denver); The Power Plant Gallery (Toronto); Norrlandsoperan (Sweden); Actoral (Marseille); Poetry International (Southbank Centre); Fundacio Tapiès (Barcelona); Hammer Museum (LA); KUMU (Tallinn); MOMA (NY); Samtidsmuseet (Oslo); Villa Bernasconi (Geneva); and Shorelines Literature of the Sea (Southend).
Caroline was Judith E. Wilson Fellow, University of Cambridge (2013-2014), Writer-in-Residence, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014), and Visiting Professor, School of Art and Design, Geneva (2014-2015). She is currently a Collaborative Arts Mellon Fellow at the Logan Center, University of Chicago (2016).
MARINA WARNER is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London and a Professorial Research Fellow at SOAS, 2014-2017.
Marina Warner's mother was Italian and her father an English bookseller; she was brought up in Egypt, Belgium, and Cambridge, England. She has been a writer since she was young, specialising in mythology and fairy-tales, with an emphasis on the part women play in them. Her award-winning books include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (1976); Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism (1982); From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers (1994); and No Go the Bogeyman (1998). In 1994 she gave the BBC Reith Lectures on the theme of Six Myths of Our Time. Recent books include Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media (2006), and Stranger Magic: Charmed States and The Arabian Nights (2011). She also writes fiction: The Lost Father (1988) was shortlisted for the Booker prize, and in 2000, The Leto Bundle (2000) was longlisted. She has curated exhibitions including The Inner Eye (1996), Metamorphing (2002-3), and Only Make-Believe: Ways of Playing (2005). She chaired the Man Booker International Prize for 2015, and from 2013-15 she was a Two Year Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.
Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale (OUP, 2014) will be coming out in paperback later this year. A collection of short stories Fly Away Home was published by Salt in autumn 2015. She is currently working on the theme of sanctuary and culture in times of dislocation and diaspora, and is writing a memoir-cum-novel set in Cairo in the Fifties.
She is a Fellow of the British Academy, and of the Royal Society of Literature. She was made DBE in 2015, and the same year was awarded the Holberg Prize in the Arts and Humanities.