“Taking its name and inspiration from Konstantin Raudive’s 1970s experiments into hearing unidentified voices in electronic interference, Electronic Voice Phenomena is a new performance by cutting edge poets, musicians and performers. Featuring séances-of-the-absurd, backmasking and ghost-calls, the EVP tour will arriving in Brighton with an exclusive special guest, and a roster of core works in text, technology and physical performance.”
17 MAY 2013 THE BASEMENT, BRIGHTON
18 MAY 2013 RICH MIX, LONDON
22 MAY 2013 ANTHONY BURGESS FOUNDATION, MANCHESTER
A ensemble performance of Cobbing’s ABC in Sound, at the Other Room, featuring Tim Allen, Joanne Ashcroft, Richard Barrett, Leanne Bridgewater, Matt Dalby, Phil Davenport, James Davies, Ollie Evans, Patricia Farrell, Clive Fencott, Alan Halsey, Michael Haslam, Tom Jenks, Angela Keaton, Geraldine Monk, Maggie O’Sullivan, Holly Pester, Robert Sheppard, Adrian Slatcher, Scott Thurston, Gareth Twose, Steven Waling, Steve Willey and Nigel Wood.
The piece was devised by listening to radio news broadcasts and notating the intakes of breath made by the news readers, using key utterances as exhales. The piece explores exhaustion and expenditure in the voice, translations of speech into song, and the constant pulse of news words.
“For The Year of Creative Scotland 2012, StAnza has commissioned the English sound poet and artist Holly Pester, known for her ‘news breath’ sound pieces, to use recent news items to create for the festival an original composition which, along with other works, will offer chance encounters with text and voice in unexpected nooks and corners around town.”
Residency, Performance and Workshop, 22nd – 26th August, 2012
Residency at Dschingis Khan Restaurant
Through its location in the Dschingis Khan Restaurant, the Writers’ Residency investigates the possibilities of privacy in a public space. In addition, through a series of talks, writers-in-residence are offered the possibility of a public moment during their time in Kassel. Having developed out of conversations and readings during the residencies, these talks encourage the choral meeting and exchange of voices.
Poetry reading with Adam Kleinman at Offener Kanal Café, 24th August
Adam Kleinman: Todesfuge
Holly Pester: The Sick Sad Work Song: a performance of song-driven poetry, shanty loops and rough speech
The Poetry Readings Program is an exercise in emancipating the body from the clichés and constraints of the day, under a spotlight, in a dark, intimate, night time space. Every Friday at 11 pm in the Offener Kanal Café, an invited guest opens the evening by reading out loud selected poems to a gathering of people who listen out loud, and are later invited to take over the microphone and recite or read their own poetry or that of others into the night.
Rise of the Mondegreens – song words better by error, workshop at Huguenothouse, 25th August
Writer-in-residence Holly Pester leads a workshop about sea shanties and miss-heard song lyrics, inviting the audience to create poems rooted in the sonic possibilities of the misunderstood.
Iain Sinclair & Tom Chivers
Jeff Hilson & Robert Shepherd
Maria Ferencuhova & Frances Kruk
Holly Pester & Emma Bennett
Philip Terry & Allen Fisher
Tim Atkins & Harry Gilonis
Simon Barraclough & Isobel Dixon
Andy Spragg & David Berridge
Richard Barrett & Marcus Slease
Chris McCabe & Tom Jenks
‘Shadow was amazed to hear his owner refer to the toilet as the big white phone’
Installation: 8th-11th March
Performance: 10th March, 1pm
The show is curated by Rose Lejeune
Cartel Gallery – Black Container Space situated in the Courtyard of The Old Police Station
114 – 116 Amersham Vale
London, SE14 6LG
Tube: New Cross (East London Overground)
Buses: 188, 47, 59
Holly Pester will be showing a sound installation at the Cartel Gallery between 7th-11th of March, with a performance on Saturday 10th, 1pm. The work, ‘Shadow was amazed to hear his owner refer to the toilet as the big white phone’, will explore communication failure and humble broadcasts.
Saturday 11th February, 3pm
Holly Pester in response to the poetics of Lygia Pape
“Every Saturday the Serpentine Gallery hosts talks and seminars for the public. This winter prominent artists, poets, curators and academics discuss themes connected to the Lygia Pape exhibition and the Neo-Concrete movement.”
The below sound poems were made in response to Lygia Pape’s woodcuts and neo-concrete poetry. The series was made for a presentation at the Serpentine Gallery, 11th February 2012. All pieces are anagrams of the word ‘Disentangled’ from Pape’s poem Boca a Boca.
A book launch and performance night at the Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London.
Saturday 15th October, 7pm
Featuring collaboration works from Tom Jenks & Chris McCabe; Patrick Coyle & Holly Pester; Sam Riviere & Jack Underwood; Sandeep Parmar & James Byrne; James Wilkes & Ghazal Mosadeq; Iily Critchley & Tamarin Norwood; Sean Bonney & Jeff Hilson; Marcus Slease&Tim Atkins. With an introduction by Steven Fowler.
9pm, Sunday 16th October, at the Bluecoat, tickets £5
Part of Mercy’s Overlap programme exploring shared territory across music/writing/performance, this event features a premiere of a new work by former Poet in Residence at the Bluecoat, Nathan Jones with Tom Rea Smith, plus Tuvian throat singer Soriah, Holly Pester colluding in the uncanny valley, Mark Leahy operating between digital and analogue to generate song lyrics and looping rhythmic texts, and Emma Bennett talking like a bird talking about a bird.
12th-16th October, the Bluecoat. School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX
A week-long work played over the public address system at the Bluecoat’s Chapter and Verse Festival, Liverpool. Exploring the realisms of computer generated speech and the sounds of familiar conversations, and the uncanny valley in between the two.
The song takes the structure of several types of sea shanty, ranging from long voyage verses, to short haul call-and-response chants, to landing songs. These structures were tracked onto the route map of the Apollo 11 lunar landings.
The Text Festival Sound Archive Meets Objects from the Bury Museum
Art Installation, Text Festival 2011
Opens 30th April
Bury Art Gallery, Museum and Archive, Bury, Lanc.
Audio works, recorded poetry and sound documents from the Text Festival archive and Bury Gallery collection are re-sited with objects from the museum stores. The combined bodies are presented as a collection to evoke ideas around stored voices, sound transmission and encounters with archives.
Featuring Caroline Bergvall and Ciarán Maher, Carolyn Thompson, Nick Thurston, Phil Davenport, Ron Silliman and Robert Grenier.