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Something Other: On Visions – Listening Event

 

This listening event is available for one week, from 23 – 30 July 2021, here and on the Ignota Soundcloud.

Something Other is a website, a series of events, and a collaboration between Mary Paterson, Maddy Costa and Diana Damian Martin. Something Other invites other artists and writers to collaborate with them through a series of themed chapters, making space for experimentation and rethinking the relationships between writing and performance.

In advance of the tenth chapter, On Visions, Something Other and Ignota are collaborating on a listening event, gathering together audio versions of the contributed texts alongside other somethings. 

Visioning requires constellations and liberating our imagination; it invites politics of hope, and a trust in the power of fictioning or collective world-making, from the occult to the speculative. Visioning makes possible the movement from what is to what if, the world now to the world not-yet. In On Visions, we ask: what do you envision? What do you connect across time? What can you see about the future? And the past? How does your vision change your world, and which world are you talking about?  

With contributions from so mayer, J R Carpenter, Caridad Svich, Karen Christopher, Sabrina Fuller, Ali Baybutt, A. Lyre, Alisa Oleva, Marianne Habeshaw, Mary Paterson, Maddy Costa and Diana Damian Martin.

 

Part 1

    1. Introduction
    2. Karen Christopher: My body finds the signal
      This piece stumbles around in a form-following-function description of the robustness afforded by alignment and difference (or the combination of disparate elements), pinging from the acceptance of that which we don’t prefer to the vision of human bodies as antennae receiving transmissions
    3. Diana Damian Martin: reluare
      reluare is a 365-day writing project still in motion on migrancy, memory, grief, translocality and queer speculation. This reading presents the first ten hand-written cards. The project is still unfolding and you can read more here.
    4. Marianne Habeshaw: The Event
      The event is an extract from Blather Gaps, a collection of poems that convey rich, voluptuous storytelling. It finds the comedy of miscommunication and social tension in the context of austerity, gentrification and political division. 
    5. So Mayer: Zeus
      ‘Zeus’ is a true story, which I just misspelled as stroy. It’s a story about needing a stroy, needing to destroy the stories that seek to destroy us, an outcry about crying out in the middle of the night. It’s for girls (original meaning: child of any gender) who realised they didn’t believe in god because god didn’t believe in them, and kept surviving anyway.
Part 2
    1. Introduction
    2. Alexandra Baybutt: Blinking to Hold
      ‘Blinking to Hold’ shifts perspectives on the physicality of seeing, and is concerned with touch, attempt and failure. The text is read by Nicholas Coddington.
    3. Sabrina Fuller: Coloured Glass and Mirrors
      An entanglement of visions.
    4. Mary Paterson: The Future Is a Pack of Lies
      ‘The Future Is a Pack of Lies’ is a prophecy.
    5. Caridad Svich: aPeeling
      Across glitches of time, a traveler recalls a lover who may also be a country. Both stand on the precarious stage of late capitalism. This is a time to peel back layers of memory, try not to be crushed under the weight of imposed austerity, and make space for a different kind of dreaming. 

Part 3
    1. Introduction
    2. J. R. Carpenter: An Account of a New Comet
      ‘An Account of a New Comet’ is based on a letter written by Caroline Hershel to the Royal Society on 2 August 1786. Hershel discovered eight comets in all. The observational journals she kept over a thirty-year period provide one of the earliest records of how science actually gets done.
    3. Maddy Costa: photographs as yet untaken of people who don’t exist
      For all the visions that arrive unbidden, take up lodging, linger.
    4. A. Lyre: Voidsong
      I was living alone. There was nowhere to go and no one to talk to. I saw portents, made divinations, left my body, never quite returned. The songs come out of that winter. There are two themes: labour and desire. What else is there? Nothing, that’s what. Two extracts: #001 “Hewn”; #002 “All what can”. Composed October-December 2020; sung, recorded June 2021.
    5. Alisa Oleva: A walk to the edge
      This audio walk is a walk to the edge. Edge of your city/town/village/memories/visions. I remember walking in the center of London and overhearing a tired kid asking his parents: Where does this city end? Does it end when you stop walking? Does it end when you are home? Does it end when you reach the ring-road? 
      You can listen to it as you set off on your own walk to the edge. Or as you stay at home or go to bed and imagine that walk to the edge you will later undertake. [Music used: Eliane Radigue: Adnos]

Contributors 

Alexandra Baybutt (CMA, RSME, PhD) works freelance as an artist, educator and researcher. Her writing appears in different places, including the Journal of the Anthropology of Work’s ‘Exertions’ series on essential labour; Global Performance Studies on dramaturgy (forthcoming); and Creative Arts Education and Therapy (CAET) journal on teaching and learning the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System in multiple languages.

J. R. Carpenter is an artist, writer, and researcher working across performance, print, and digital media. Her web-based work The Gathering Cloud won the New Media Writing Prize 2016. Her collection An Ocean of Static was highly commended by the Forward Prizes 2018. Her collection This is a Picture of Wind was named one of The Guardian’s best poetry books of 2020.

Karen Christopher is a collaborative performance maker, performer, and teacher. Her company, Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects, is devoted to collaborative processes, listening for the unnoticed, the almost invisible, and the very quiet, paying attention as an act of social cooperation. She was a member of Goat Island performance group for 20 years. Forthcoming: Always Already, an 8-hour performative installation with an embedded performance in the penultimate hour and, co-edited with Mary Paterson, Entanglements of Two: A Series of Duets is a book of essays focused on the form and practice of the work of pairs in 14 different ways by 14 different people.

Maddy Costa is a writer and dramaturg, and a co-host of Something Other.

Sabrina Fuller is interested in how groups and individuals respond and react to society’s expectations: how objectification and exclusion from mainstream society can give license to chart other ways of being: how a classification as Other allows a freedom to develop a language of difference and form unlikely alliances, and how we construct and express our subjectivities. She uses a range of tools and media including still and moving image, voice, sound and the written word.

Marianne Habeshaw is an emerging contemporary poet and Teaching Assistant from East London. Marianne likes to play with the concept of learnt social behaviours. She does this with an intimate, humorous voice.

Diana Damian Martin is an artist, researcher and co-host of Something Other.

So Mayer is a writer, bookseller and organiser. Their most recent book is A Nazi Word for a Nazi Thing (Peninsula, 2020), and their work has appeared in On Relationships (3ofCups, 2020), At the Pond (Daunt, 2019) and Spells (Ignota Books, 2018), among others. They work with Burley Fisher Books, queer feminist film curation collective Club des Femmes, and campaigners Raising Films.

Now based in London, Alisa Oleva was born in Moscow in 1989. She treats the city as her studio and urban life as material, to consider issues of urban choreography and urban archeology, traces and surfaces, borders and inventories, intervals and silences, passages and cracks. Her projects have manifested as a series of interactive situations, performances, movements scores, personal and intimate encounters, parkour, walkshops, and audio walks.

Caridad Svich is a text-builder and theatre-maker. Her plays include 12 Ophelias, Red Bike, The Book of Magdalene and Theatre: a love story. Among her awards are an OBIE for Lifetime Achievement. She is Editor at Contemporary Theatre Review (Taylor & Francis), and on the advisory board for Global Performance Studies. She is published by Intellect Books, Seagull Books, Methuen Drama, and more. Her film (as co-screenwriter, based on her play) Fugitive Dreams has been seen at the Manchester Film Festival, Tallinn Black Nights Festival, Austin Film Festival and Fantasia Film Festival. Her second film (as sole screenwriter) is currently in post-production.

The Magician by CAConrad

This text was originally published for the full moon in Capricorn on 16 July 2019. It formed part of 22 Moons, an Ignota project responding to climate grief through the Major Arcana. 22 Moons delivered a new text on each new and full moon, bringing together twenty-two poets, writers, artists, thinkers, curators, scientists, astrologers, practitioners, witches and technologists for twenty-two lunations.

We Must Understand Our Creativity Is an Organ, a Vital One

for Ian and Eleanor Swordy

The Magician is pointing toward Jupiter with one hand while the other points to Earth for grounding of the transmission. Draw this card to be told you are brilliant, and all you need to do is finally realize you must fully embrace your creative tools and integrate them into your daily life's work, pleasure, and sustenance. The Magician has access to all four Earth elements with the ability to draw down a fifth, and sometimes the sixth element from Jupiter. It is time to awaken every living human's creative organ. There are catastrophic predictions for the near future, and the only way we are going to survive and thrive together is to imagine where to best place our energies today collectively.

You must listen to your intuitive self, which flows through your heart chakra. Listen as in trust what you are hearing, then trust yourself that you can do it. Now is not the time to hesitate, now is the time to leap and know the forces guiding you also have your back. For a (Soma)tic poetry ritual with the Magician in this time of ecological crisis build it progressively for nine days, each day adding a new ingredient. Start with how we take for granted our waste. Liquid, solid, which are hazardous, which are biodegradable? Start with a daily awareness of all forms of waste we produce and where we think they go, then investigate further to find out where they actually go.

The Magician offers the opportunity to experience seeing limitless potential where we used to imagine a world with very limited prospects regrettably. A new ingredient to the ritual involves meditating on the four elements we possess in and on our bodies. Fire: every human being is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Have you ever been outside on a day when it is 98 degrees? Feel the warmth exit your mouth; the exiting air had just visited the flame that keeps you burning. Earth: flesh, hair, run your tongue along your teeth, the most immediate connection to your skeleton. Air: breathe again; imagine what must be present in the air to keep you healthy and alive. Breathe deeply, exhale slowly until you can no longer exhale any longer, then slowly inhale until you can no longer inhale, then hold it for half a minute. How delicious is the air? Water: tears, saliva, blood, where are your fluids in your body right now? Where are the fluids flowing or stored? Now focus on all four elements of your body at once, eyes closed, quietly listening, feeling the strength and also the fragility of your body and life.

If you draw the Magician card in reverse, the solution is simple, turn around and look. Where have you been guarding against your priorities of life as a living, breathing artist? Who are you defending them from and what kind of criticism do you fear? Bronnie Ware was a nurse who worked with dying patients for many years and kept track of their regrets. The number one regret of the dying is, “I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” Always remember this, and let this knowledge help you find your strength. Stand outside barefoot on the naked Earth for twenty minutes. Understand you are a lightning rod, then write, write, write!

 

CAConrad is a 2019 Creative Capital Fellow, the author of 9 books of poetry and essays, and a contributor to Spells: 21st-Century Occult Poetry and the Ignota DiaryWhile Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books), received the 2018 Lambda Award. A recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, they also received The Believer Magazine Book Award and The Gil Ott Book Award. Their work has been translated into Spanish, Greek, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Danish and German. They teach regularly at Columbia University in NYC, and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam.

EU Stockists

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Austria

Chicklit, Vienna

Belgium

Passa Porta, Brussels

France

After 8 Books, Paris
Red Wheelbarrow, Paris
Shakespeare & Co, Paris
 

Germany

Do you read me?, Berlin
Hopscotch, Berlin
Motto Library, Berlin
Zabriskie, Berlin
Missing Link, Bremen

Republic of Ireland

Hodges Figgis, Dublin

Italy

ONEROOM, Rome

Lithuania

Humanitas, Vilnius

The Netherlands

San Serriffe, Amsterdam

Norway

Torpedo, Oslo

Portugal

Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon

Ignota Recommends: Exhibitions and Events (July)

Acorn, Switchers
LUX, London

10 July – 14 August 2021

“A new moving image work taking its inspiration from the world and characters in Octavia Butler’s prescient science fiction novel Parable of The Talents. The film utilises the ‘world’ of Parable of the Talents, its conditions and characters to develop new narratives and meanings. Drawing on tools from the methodology of ‘playworlds’ in which imaginary spaces for improvisation and exchange are created, Acorn is a unique work of ‘event-cinema’, maintaining the liveness of a theatre production through participants’ emotional focus in real time.”

Syncopes (Finissage)
Mimosa House, London
10 July 2021
“To celebrate the closing of ‘Syncopes’, the first show in our new premises, Mimosa House presents an evening event featuring performances and a DJ set by three of the artists in the show + their collaborators. Performances by Mira Calix/Rosie Middleton, Himali Singh Soin/David Soin Tappeser, followed by DJ set from Chooc Ly Tan.”
“New Mystics is a platform for collaboratively exploring the practices of 12 artists merging magic, mysticism, and ritual with technologies including artificial intelligence (AI) and game engines. It features both human and non-human voices, with texts co-authored by the Language AI GPT-3. The participating artists are Rebecca Allen, Zach Blas, Ian Cheng, Patricia Domínguez, Joey Holder, Lawrence Lek, Haroon Mirza, Tabita Rezaire, Tai Shani, Jenna Sutela, Saya Woolfalk, and Zadie Xa. It is organized by Alice Bucknell.”

Art Night, London
12 June – 16 July 2021
“For their Art Night 2021 commission, OOMK (represented by collective artist Rose Nordin) will be producing and distributing STUART papers. STUART papers is a highly visual, free newspaper-style publication that reflects thematically on selected texts and archived ephemera from the Stuart Hall Library and connects to contemporary collectives though responsive content. The work will be disseminated by a performative distribution team. The publication will be accompanied by a short film including voice recordings and in the making footage.”

 

11 June 2021 – 18 September 2022

“Poet and artist Precious Okoyomon will transform the AAM rooftop, installing a mixture of sculpture and organic matter to create a garden based on themes of pleasure, abundance, and desire. Okoyomon will be in residence in Aspen on multiple occasions, developing and transforming the project over its entire duration, making it a live and responsive commission that will literally grow and replenish over time.”

24 July  18 September 2021

“A series of online technical workshops focused on providing practical techniques for creative digital making. Each workshop is led by a digital artist and will offer participants the opportunity to learn and create with a group of up to 20 other learners. Upon completion attendees will have a tangible asset or outcome to apply to their own creative practice. The workshops are part of Future Art Ecosystems: Art x Metaverse’s exploration into the metaverse, virtual experiences and the infrastructure necessary to support evolving art and advanced technologies.”

With Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Christopher MacInnes and Keiken.

The Grief Interval: Aura Satz with Sarah Davachi
Abandon Normal Devices, online
10 – 11 July 2021

“In this audiovisual broadcast, artist Aura Satz collaborates with electroacoustic composer Sarah Davachi to sonically haunt a decommissioned coal fired power station. Weaving eerie aural warning and mourning, the film project summons the possibility of the pause in a landscape of looming ecological emergency.”

Festival of Queer Practices: No No Fest
Maison Populaire, Paris
10 July 2021

“Dès 19 h 30 (vidéo en continu) / Sin Wai Kin Sin Wai Kin (fka Victoria Sin) est une artiste visuelle canadienne qui utilise « la fiction spéculative dans la performance de drag, l’image en mouvement, l’écriture et l’imprimé pour refigurer les attitudes envers le genre, la sexualité et les discours historiques sur l’identité. Elle est connue pour ses performances en immersion et leur travail drag, des pratiques qu’elle utilise pour « interrompre les processus normatifs de désir, d’identification et d’objectivation.

Ian Cheng: Life After BoB: The Chalice Study
Luma, Arles
From 26 June 2021

Life After BOB: The Chalice Study introduces the character of Chalice Wong, a 10-year-old girl whose father, Dr Wong, installs an experimental artificial intelligence called BOB ("Bag of Beliefs") in the nervous system. French) to guide her through the challenge of growing up in an ever-changing world. As Dr Wong begins to prefer BOB to Chalice, and since BOB threatens to lead Chalice's life better than herself, Chalice, jealous, wonders: what is left for me to do, as a classic human?”

Park Nights 2021
Serpentine, London
9 July — 22 September 2021

“Serpentine’s experimental, interdisciplinary, live platform sited within the Galleries’ annual architectural commission, the Serpentine Pavilion. Park Nights 2021 comprises a series of five commissions that will take place in the Serpentine Pavilion 2021, designed by Johannesburg-based practice Counterspace, directed by Sumayya Vally.”

With aga ujma, Jota Mombaça, John Glacier, Rhea Dillon and taraxos with Tosh Basco.