Poets Eugene Ostashevsky, Holly Pester and Sophie Seita present readings in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery’s Powder Room, within the exhibition curated by Martino Gamper, design is a state of mind. Programmed in collaboration with The White Review.
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Russian-American poet Eugene Ostashevsky is renowned for his physically animated, ventriloquistic performances of poems on subjects as varied as Continental philosophy and pirates’ conversations with their parrots. His books of poetry, Iiterature and The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza are published by Ugly Duckling Presse, and he is the editor of OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism. Ostashevsky teaches in the liberal studies programme at New York University. He contributed an excerpt from The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi to The White Review 8.
Sophie Seita writes poetry, short plays, translates German poetry, makes videos, and performs in the UK, US and Germany. She is the author of Fantasias in Counting (BlazeVOX 2014) and the chapbook 12 Steps (Wide Range 2012). Individual texts have appeared or are forthcoming in magazines and anthologies by Shearsman, Paper Nautilus, Pen America, Gauss PDF, halfcircle, onedit, No Prizes, Emergency Index, Archive of the Now, and others. Her PhD research focuses on avant-garde little magazines and she co-curates the unAmerican Activities Transatlantic Reading and Pamphlet Series. Some video-work is available online here.
Saturdays Live explore ideas and practices connected to Serpentine Galleries exhibitions through performances, interventions and participatory actions.