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9 october 2014
Writer in Residence, Whitechapel Gallery, London

 open my residency with a collective reading and micro words from a great bunch of friends and peers: poets, artists, scholars,... full details in link below. Join us if you can!

9 october, 7pm start


24 Aug 2014
Something Understood/ BBC4

A clip from the live version of Drift to be featured in their edition on The Spoken Word

BB4 Radio 4, Sunday 24 Aug, 23.30/ available to listen until 30 august


15 Aug 2014
Audio interview w Joan Shuman

Trickhouse launches this series of 4 composed audio conversations around various arts practices created by Joan Shuman. She invited me to talk about the interdisciplinary processes of my work and the composition of various recent projects. Beautifully redone.

12 mins


Friday 11 July
the Verb/BBC3

Invited to present DRIFT on Ian McMillan's lively progranmme The Verb: this Friday, 22pm GMT. With Ruth Padel and Rebecca Front.


17 July 2014
DRIFT, Purcell Room, London, 17 July 2014, 6pm

Performing the full performance DRIFT right here in London. Do join us and bring your friends!

Poetry International, South Bank Centre, Purcell Room, 17 July 2014, 6 pm.

UK production: Penned in the Margins and Sound and Music. Additional support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy, London.

+ the book, Drift, just published by Nightboat, NY, June 2014 now w UK distribution.

Tickets:


Sept2014
Writer-in-Residence 2014-2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London

The residency lasts from Sept 2014 to end March 2015.  I'm shaping a few exciting collective events for it.

I will also be able to put aside some time for writing my new piece, a text for sunrise, which will form the basis of a new live collaboration.

More on all this soon!

June 2014
Feature in The Rusty Toque

A mix of pieces featured in this great online art & writing Canadian magazine. Ed by Kathryn Mockler.


Saturday 3 May 2014
DRIFT at TEXT festival, The Met, Bury

C Bergvall, text and voice, Ingar Zach, percussion, Thomas Köppel, electronic text, Michele Pralong, dramaturgy.

Bookings:


May 2014
Feature in POETRY Magazine

Totally thrilled to have 12 pages of text and drawings from Drift featured in this month's POETRY MAGAZINE (US)

Alongside work by Cecilia Vicuna, Joshua Mehigan, Jennifer Tamayo, Jessica Greenbaum, Rodrigo Toscano, J. Michael Martinez, and more.

View it here:


Friday 25 April 2014
Reading at John Hopkins University

For those of you in the Baltimore area, I have been invited by Chris Nealon to do a reading next Friday as part of the Dept of English Reading Series.

It takes place here (you will know what this means I hope):

Gilman 132
4:15pm


11-13 April 2014
"Writing Gestures" talk at Siobhan Davies Dance

The annual What_Now festival is a platform for invited artist curators to ask questions of dance, and through dance. This year, the festival re-imagines itself through a public residency and guest lectures.

Siobhan Davies Studios 85 St George's Rd Elephant & Castle tube

All weekend starting Friday evening. Info here:


21 March-21 Sept 2014
POSTSCRIPT: final destination

Final station for this large text-led travelling group show, curated by Nora Burnett Abrams and Andrea Andersson.

includes: 1DJ2MANY, audiotext + vinyl lettering on mirror installed in the museum's elevator.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, 547 East Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824


30 Oct 2013 - 23 Feb 2014
PHILOMENA drawings

Exciting travelling show of drawings, mixed media and sculptural pieces by around 20 artists/poets. Curated by Leslie Atzmon & Gregory Tom.

NON-TEXT EXHIBITION OF TEXT AS IMAGE 

University Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, October 30 - December 11, 2013 - Transfers to: Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, January 11 - February 23, 2014

Great accompanying website:


17 january
TOGETHER keeping it/losing it/doing it

Audiowork in 3 parts.

Commissioned by Swiss national radio Espace 2 and the MAMCO museum in Geneva to celebrate Art's Birthday on 17 January.

The piece and the art party will air live & satellite from the museum then be stored on the radio's site.

Musée d’art moderne et contemporain
10, rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, Genève
from 8pm Friday 17 jan
FREE ENTRANCE - Programme and flyer / opens as PDF:

15 Jan-21 Feb 2014
Installed Work & Performance, Kohj Art Centre, New Delhi

Thrilled to announce that I am performing at the mythical Khoj International Artist Association in New Delhi for the opening of the group show Word.Sound.Power co-curated with Tate Modern. Indian artist Mithu Sen also performs on the night.

The artists whose works will be on view: Jordanian artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan, French-Norwegian artist Caroline Bergvall, Danish artist Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen and five Indian artists including Amar Kanwar, Mithu Sen, Anjali Monteiro & K. P. Jayasankar and Pallavi Paul.

15 January 7.30pm - KHOJ - 17 Kirkhee Extension, New Delhi


22 Nov - 21 Dec 2013
Public Address @ Vita Kuben, Norrlandsoperan, Sweden

I install my silent film FRONT (2011) and the audiowork OSIS (2012).

A season of sound & text works, curated by artist Imri Sandström for the art gallery of this northern Swedish opera.

Earlier in the season: Cia Rinne and Corine Fitzpatrick a.o.

Artist talk at Open Talk, Thursday 21 Nov, Umeå University Arts Library, 6.30pm.


14 nov 2013
Sound & Vision at the Austrian Cultural Forum, London

Short readings and conversation with Peter Finch and Steven Fowler. Event curated by Martin Colthorpe.

Free event but limited seating!

Thursday 14 nov, 7pm at Austrian Cultural Forum London 28 Rutland Gate London SW7 1PQ


Nov 2013
DRIFT produced by Penned in the Margins for UK venues 2014

I'm v pleased to announce that Tom Chivers and Penned in the Margins are currently producing the full length version of DRIFT to be performed in the UK in 2014. Watch this wave.

Premiere launch: Shorelines Festival, Metal, Southend-on-Sea, 8-10 Nov 2013

For more info:


8 Nov 2013
Live performance DRIFT opens SHORELINES: 8 Nov 2013

My new full-length live work DRIFT developed with Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach and with texual projections by Thomas Köppel. A meditation on contemporary migrancy, ancient exile and sea travel.

Shorelines festival of the sea curated by Rachel Lichtenstein.
Pls find below all info and hope to see a few of you there!


until 3 Nov 2013
last few weeks: Word. Sound. Power. Tate Modern

Dont miss out on this highly successful group show with British and Indian artists focusing on the voice, poetry and aural recording technologies.

Two works of mine: CROP and VOICE re-sited.

Project Space. 1st level, River Entrance, FREE


Oct 2013
THEREISNOTACLEARBRIGHTLINE on permanent display!

Very proud to announce that my commissioned artpiece for the Rhodes Project, London, has now been accepted as part of the permanent collection at  Rhodes House, Oxford.

Project commissioned by Ann Olivarius, Founder of the Rhodes Project, to celebrate the 1140 female Rhodes scholars.

Sceenprint, 1m50 x 1m, gold leaf and printed text. More info:


12 July - 3 Nov 2013
Word. Sound. Power: Tate Modern, London

Group show with British and Indian artists focusing on the voice and poetry.

Two works: CROP and VOICE re-sited.

Runs throughout the Summer at the Tate in its Project Space gallery.

1st level, River Entrance, FREE


21 June- 2 Sept
Postscript: The Powerplant, Toronto

The Power Plant is proud to present Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, featuring paintings, sculpture, installation, video and works on paper from the 1960s to the present by over fifty artists and writers exploring the artistic possibilities of language.

installed piece in dedicated space: 1DJ2MANY (transmix), audiotext + reflective vinyl lettering on wall

CURATED BY NORA BURNETT ABRAMS AND ANDREA ANDERSSON, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DENVER


28 May 2013
Speech Acts 3, Cambridge

The final curated event of my fellowship.

It a privilege to be able to invite Chilean poet and performer Cecilia Vicuna,  performance artist Monica Ross, and poet Sophie Mayer to perform on that night. I am preparing a live set with musician Adam Parkinson.

Judith Wilson Studio, Faculty of English, 7.30, drinks all round. The outside door will be kept open!

10 May-8 Sept
Afterlives of Gardens: KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn

installed piece: VIA (headphones and chrome lettering on concrete wall)

Inner courtyard section of the show, curated by Margit Säde. Other featured artists: Kenneth Goldsmith (US), Lucie Kolb (CH), Erkki Luuk & Tanel Rander (EST), Tine Melzer (CH), Cia Rinne (FI/DK), Anna Škodenko & Kirill Tulin (EST), Kadri Klementi (EST), Lasse Krog Moller & Jeuno Kim (DK/SE), Triin Tamm (EST), Martijn int’ Veld (NL).

The Art Museum of Estonia


1 May 2013
Seeing Through Languages: Video Portrait, Louisiania Channel (DK)

Just up on this wonderful art channel of interviews with artists. The main piece discussed is CROPPER.

Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Camera: Jonas Hjort. Editing: Kamilla Bruus. Produced by: Alexander Vesterlund.


11 April 2013
Dark Would anthology launch: Whitechapel Gallery

A fab anthology of over 100 writers and artists and poets "considering time, mortality and traces in the natural world" ed. by Phil Davenport.

Launch readings and talks featuring writer Caroline Bergvall, poet Tony  Lopez and artist Simon Patterson.

Thursday 11 April, 7.30pm - 9pm - "Booking essential"


26 March 2013
VIA discussed on PoemTalk: PennSound

"Amaris Cuchanski, David Wallace, and Laynie Browne converged on the Writers House one day recently to talk about a remarkable performance piece (later text) by Caroline Bergvall, “VIA.”

link to soundfile of the discussion + transcript:


15 Feb-24 feb & 13-15 March
Residency, Project Art Writing, Aaarhus Literaturcenter, Denmark

Project Art Writing project is an exciting project involving writers and text-based artists, teachers and curators. This pilot project will take place over a period of 3 years and launches this week with my residency.  I have been invited to present my work and thoughts in the form of a Reading Room and an ensuing chapbook, to take part in various discussions, to run workshops with the university as well as with the writers' school in Copenhagen, Forfatterskolen. An international seminar concludes this first part of the Project mid-March.

A truly collaborative and cross-institutional effort, Initiated by independent curator and publisher Mathias Kokholm in collaboration with Jette Sunesen, Aarhus Litteraturcenter, Anne Steen Himmelstrup, project manager, Pablo Llambías, writer og director of Forfatterskolen, Jesper Rasmussen, Det Jyske Kunstakademi, Dan Ringgaard, Aarhus Universitet and Ida Marie Hede, writer og artist.


12 Feb -14 April
Visual Poetics: South Bank Centre, London

Large group show of visual work from the Poetry Library's own collection. Curated by David Miller and Chris McCabe.

Installed piece: a wall of 3 Broadsides from Middling English show + can be taken away

Poets and artists featured across a range of prints, films and items  include: John Furnival, Caroline Bergvall, Liliane Lijn, David Miller, John Gibbens, John Hall, Sarah Kelly, Hansjorg Mayer, Alan Halsey, Gavin Selerie, Julie Johnstone, James Harvey, Giles Goodland, Sophie Herxheimer, Matt Martin, Bob Cobbing, Dom Silvester Houedard, Thomas A. Clark, Laurie Clark, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Gad Hollander, Victoria Bean, Tony Lopez, Sam Winston, Rick Myers, Karen Bleitz, Wayne Clements, Antonio Carvalho, Paula Claire, Stephen Emmerson, Simon Cutts and Edwin Morgan.


Nov 2012
NOPING: Triple Canopy online art and research magazine

Corrected_Slogans, special issue published in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver's Postscript show.

This piece shows an aspect of my research into Anglo-Saxon poetics as a way of identifying my Nordic roots. It is the introductory piece of my performance DRIFT. Animated graphic text by Ciaran Maher and audiotext.


5 Oct 2012
PING/NOPING at Triple Canopy, event

Ahead of the launch of the text environment PING in the art magazine's issue #17 (mid Oct), a reading event at the mag's space w NYC poet McGregor Card.

All info in the link - Come if you can!


12 Oct 2012 - 3 Feb 2013
Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art: MCA, Denver

Features the work of over fifty artists and writers exploring the artistic possibilities of language. Accompanied by publication by The University of Chicago Press. Cureated by Andrea Andersson & Nora Abram Burnett.

installed piece: 1DJ2MANY (elevation mix 2). sound piece + mirror vinyl on mirror. Location: the elevator.


28 sept - 31 dec
THE CITY & THE CITY: Artwork by London Writers, Pittsburgh

Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh. Guest curator: Justin Hopper.

Installed work: wall of broadsides + O Sis audio piece

Opening party: 28 sept. Open to all. See link below.

Caroline Bergvall, Rachel Lichtenstein, Tom McCarthy & Rod Dickinson, Iain Sinclair & Chris Petit, Sukhdev Sandhu.  


Sept 2012
DVD just out: Gh<>st Pieces: 4 language-based installations
John Hansard Gallery publication. Full colour fold-out. Limited edition 500 ex.

Includes video documents of Say Parsley (2001 and 2010), Middling English and Ghost Cargo + interview w/Stephen Foster, director of JHG.

Ł14.95. Distribution link: Cornerhouse.


11 July 2012
Conversations de l'Ecole d'Art - Festival d'Avignon

Invited to speak at this year's Festival d' Avignon in this series of dialogues between practitioners and critics based on specific themes and plays shown. With Jean Francois Perrier. Chair: Karelle Menine. Audio file of the conversation.


June 2012
Vicki Bennet's Radio Boredcast now up and running

Check out the amazing list of players! Archived at WFMU.

My 1-hour list of poets and pieces boredcasted on 4 March 2012.


15 June 2012
BATTLES a performance, GRü/Transtheatre, Geneva

As part of the last.lost.grü season of this dynamic city theatre, I present a new live piece inspired by Old English signs and texts. The longing at the heart of an ancient North Sea travel poem, The Seafarer, written by an anonymous poet of the 10th century, is the primary source of my text performance and is used also as a reminder of the plight of many of today’s wanderers and exiles across the waters. Commissioned by GRÜ/Transtheatre.

First showing: 15 June 9 pm

I work with the Norwegian improv percussionist Ingar Zach. Videos: Eva Roovers & Erica Scourti. Electronic texts: Ciaran Maher. Dramaturgy: Michele Pralong. Duration: 70 minutes.

GRÜ, 16 rue du General Dufour, Black Box, Friday 15 June,  9pm . 13 CHF. Reservations: +41 22 328 98 78 or reservation@grutli.ch


8-16 May 2012
Barcelona Poesia

Great city-wide festival with readings taking place in many of Barcelona's wonderful buildings. Now in its 22nd year and going strong, Im delighted to be contributing to it. Festival director, the sound poet: Eduard Escoffet. See link for details, times and locations if youre in the city.


Bronxville, NY 20-22 April 2012
9th Annual Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival

The Ninth Annual Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival will be held April 20-22, 2012 in Bronxville, New York. Entirely student-run, it's the largest free poetry festival in New York State. I read on the Saturday night.


Philadelphia, 18 April 2012
Poets & Writers Series

Rachel Blau DuPlessis Lecture in Poetics

8:00 P.M. Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222


Geneva, 25 March 2012
Archipel: Festival des Musiques d'Aujourd'hui

Performance as Corps Etrangers with sound poets Jacques Demierre and Vincent Barras. 8pm. Theatre du Grütli.


1-31 March 2012
Radio Boredcast: AV Festival 12

Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us will be curating a 744 hour long radio station called Radio Boredcast. To run for the duration of the  fabulous AV Festival 12: As Slow As Possible in the North-Eastern part of England. Check the website for full programme.

Somewhere in her programme of DAY 4I have an hour-long playlist of readings and noises by various poets!


Geneva 2-5 February
1DJ2MANY: Elevation Mix

1Dj2MANY remixed and resited inside the central elevator/lift of the Theatre du Grütli for their TR4NS festival of live, installed and transitory works.

concept text & voice C Bergvall sound Adam Parkinson strings Grieg et al production GRÜ/Transtheatre


Testrup, 23-25 Jan
Nordic Writers Seminar

Writers and writing teachers from a range of Nordic writing schools meet in Denmark to discuss writing pedagogies. I plan a keynote summarising my work with Performance Writing and some of the aims of teaching interdisciplinary writing processes.


London 29 Nov-4 dec
Ghost Cargo at Platforma festival

Opening tonight!

The first Platforma Festival, takes place in London from 29th November 2011. Bringing together performers, artists and organisations from across the UK, the Festival will be a celebration of the arts by and about refugees and a chance to discuss different aspects of artistic practice. Hosted by Rich Mix and Live Art Development Agency.

Check for details and the list of contributors on the link provided.


Paris Nov 2011
CONTE FRIT - just out in French

Featured in the art and politics mag VACARME #57 (Automne 2011).

Opening lines:

Tout jouasses et blindés de thune cash aux as oseille                                             

des docs quichés dans leurs attachékèses tout idem à la main

2 kostar kravat, une méga paire de Smith, carrément Bluepill,

Visez-moi kom ils dealent du bel et bon, fortune stuporifik,

s’en donnent cinq s’en claquent une et s’empaffent.

C d’enfer ! on a fait des millions d’strillions,

d’zillions d’nanillions, des billions d’teramillions

et c jamais k’la crème du gateau, O mon frère.

Translated by Abigail Lang, Vincent Broqua and Anne Portugal. 


London 29 Nov - 4 Dec
Counterpoint/ Platforma Festival

Video document of Ghost Cargo featured as part of this amazing festival, sponsored by the Refugee Council and the Arts Council.


Geneva 1 Nov 2011
MAMCO

Reading at the Museum of Modern Art, Geneva, as part of their series VOIX-OFF.

During my week's residency as part of Corps Etrangers curated by V. Barras & J. Demierre.

Tuesday 1 Nov, 18.30.


Geneva 31 Oct - 6 Nov
Speech Lab: Corps Etrangers #1

1 of 4 speech labs led by Barras & Demierre.

Invited by the collaborative sonic-linguistic voice duo Vincent Barras & Jacques Demierre to put my work under their creative scrutiny. A week of shared open workshops, testing ground, closing with public presentations at the Grutli Theatre. This is the first of four text voicing and performance events orchestrated by Barras & Demierre, up until May 2012. Input from a scenografer, sound engineer, art students and others expected. Other invited speechers: Encyclopedie de la Parole, Chris Mann.

GRÜ / transthéâtre 16, rue Général-Dufour 1204 Genève +41 (0)22 328 98 68.


Barcelona 7 Oct'11 - 5 Feb'12
VIA: In the First Circle. Now Open.

VIA:  installed for headphones and reflective lettering.

Group show curated by Imogen Stidworthy. 25 artists and language events, Fundació Tàpies, Barcelona.


10 October 2011
Launch: The Wolf issue 25

My installation work is in residence: Front cover and Visual Centrefold w/ text material.

Launch reading w Marilyn Hacker, Carol Watts, Norbert Hirschhorn, Nathan Hamilton and David Barnes.

Free event. 10 October. 7.30-9.30. The Poetry Studio (upstairs from The Poetry Cafe), 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BX

Sept 2011
variation Inferno continued VIA Finnish

Hike the average life of illusion on the road living the dark wooded path deviated from the right. Google Translate (via Eino Leino). 2011.

by Finnish poet Karri Kokko. See his visual blog Lettttere. thank you too good.


Paris 15-17 Sept
The Middle Ages in Contemporary Poetry

Mémoire du Moyen Age dans la Poesie Contemporaine, Paris.

Colloquium of papers and readings from 45 participants in various Paris locations. Jacques Roubaud's work on the troubadours and the crucial role on his own work much celebrated and admired. I contribute w a presentation of Meddle English and pieces from my "Shorter Chaucer Tales" in a French translation by Vincent Broqua, Abigail Lang and Anne Portugal.

Org. by Nathalie Koble, Mireille Seguy, Amandine Mussou.


Sept 2011
British Library Web Archive

This website has just been invited to be part of the British Library Web Archive: "The point is to select and archive sites to represent aspects of UK documentary heritage. As a result, they will remain available to researchers in the future. The British Library works closely with leading UK institutions to collect and permanently preserve the UK web".

One can nominate UK sites, please do: there is a need for more art and writing sites/blogs in the archive.


July 2011
Meddle English staff pick 2011

This was one of the most enjoyable experiences I've had with a collection in quite a while. Bergvall, as is implied from the title, is actively engaging or meddling with the ‘living' English language..

by Johnny Hernandez, April 2011, Small Press Distribution, San Francisco


July 2011
Danish review of Meddle English

Den flersprogede digter graver i engelsk og dermed også i de skandinaviske sprog som en arkæolog i en køkkenmødding. Ud af dyngen dukker bl.a. det globaliserede menneske op...

by Kamilla Löfström, for the daily Danish newspaper Information, 26 May 2011.

The review brings out the poetic and historic connections made in the book between Middle English and contemporary Scandinavian languages.


30 June - 1 July 2011
practice-based criticism / Poets and Critics 2011-2013, Paris

 

“POETS & CRITICS at PARIS-EST 2011-2013” is a three-year research project on experimental literary criticism funded by Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée. Its aim is to provide a meeting ground for creative and critical discourses and to engage with new modes of writing criticism, in particular "practice-based criticism”. This is a form of critical writing that positions itself as a creative practice.

 

This weekend is the second roundtable event so far. My work has been invited in as a discussion focus. The weekends take place largely in English.

More info on the blog. Video and audio links of the discussions uploaded as they get edited.


July 2011
Shorter Chaucer Tales to feature at the Centre d'Etudes du Moyen Age, Paris

Announcing the colloquium: "La mémoire du Moyen Age dans la Poésie Contemporaine". Medievalist scholars, translators and poets discuss and present work for 3 days.

14-16 September 2011, Centre d'Etudes du Moyen Age (CEMA)/Ecole Normale Superieure.

Org. by Nathalie Koble. More details and direct link in due course.


21 June 2011
Ghost Cargo: sky banner over Leeds airspace

At midday on the 2011 summer solstice, Tuesday, 21 June, the skies above and around Leeds city centre will for 90 minutes play host to a sky banner conceived and delivered in partnership with Leeds Art Gallery as a part of the 20th annual Refugee Week celebrations.

Produced with Writing Encounters, a York-based initiative that supports writers and artists who work with text.

Follow up event planned with Leeds City Gallery, Spring 2012.


16 June 2011
Filmed conversation with Stephen Foster - iTunesU -

Formal conversation with Stephen Foster, director of the John Hansard Gallery, on the drives and ideas about language, writing and archives underpinning the show "Middling English", commissioned by the gallery last year. Also hosted on iTunes U.

18'06"


June 2011
1DJ2MANY (Wired_Madeleine) - new mix at THE WIRE

70  lines collated from various pop/hop/funk/rock/post lyrics make up this sex and sun song.

Initially an installed audiotext. Now a song. Sound by Adam Parkinson. Hosted on The Wire magazine's online portal. Enjoy the Summer!

5'42". Stream.


June 2011
Feature, June issue, the Wire #328

The text-based art of Caroline Bergvall forensically examines linguistic residues, puns and slippages of meaning in a quest to sound out the parameters of Middling English  ...  by Will Montgomery.

Cross platform: Sound in Other Media, the Wire: Adventures in Modern Music, full page.


May 2011
VIA to be installed at Fundació Antoni Tŕpies, Barcelona

6 October 2011 – 5 February 2012
IN THE FIRST CIRCLE.

25 artists working with language and across languages. Curated by British installation artist Imogen Stidworthy.


17 May 2011
Middling English essay

Opening essay of my book Meddle English uploaded here as pdf.

...what does it entail to be a second-language writer in the medieval digital age...


Moss May - June 2011
FRONT - silent video projection

A silent film combining text, graphics and moving image video projection. Festival commission, Møllebyen Literaturfestival, Moss, Norway. In response to their year's theme: "War & Peace".

Moving image research and technical assistance: Erica Scourti. Live pic : Claire MacDonald.


10 May 2011
OEI reading w Charles Bernstein & Christian Bök

In Stockholm on 10 May, a reading night hosted by the great OEI team at WELD gallery.

The three of us invited to read good length sets (w two breaks) for packed audience in the most wonderfully hollowed washed out gallery space.


15 April 2011
Jacket2 launch + Interview w Susan Rudy

The great poetics + poetry magazine Jacket relaunches this month as Jacket2, with a brand new editorial team, this time out of Philadelphia.

Delighted to be part of the issue w this edited conversation w Canadian scholar Susan Rudy around the latest instalment of my sited & collaborative work Say Parsley.


April 2011
Text Festival re-sites Lidl Suga

Artist and writer Holly Pester has been going through the sound archives of the Text Festival in Bury (UK) and is re-siting many pieces from it for her own installed piece as part of this year's events. She has reworked the sound and text installation Lidl Suga I created with Ciarán Maher for the first Text festival, 2004. Originally set up for 6 stereo speakers 8 texts 8 fractal compositions 1 song 1 shadowing.

Great programme as whole. See link for taster and dates.


Gent 1-3 April 2011
KRIKRI INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Under the shadow of Maeterlinck, I read on April Fool's night with 5 other poets and 1 guitarist at this great Belgian poetry fest.

Cia Rinne (Zweden / Finland / Denemarken) Hannah Silva (UK) Caroline Bergvall (Frankrijk / Noorwegen) Lucille Calmel (Frankrijk / België) Laurence Vielle (België) Nora Gomringer (Duitsland), Roland Van Campenhout (België).


March-May 2011
Residency, Copenhagen, March-May

Writing Residency w emphasis on sound and text research, Dept of Visual Culture & Media, University of Copenhagen.

Opening talk, 17 March 2011:

> I framed various points around ghosting, doubling, translating, co/composing & played excerpts from a few great recent pieces by : Will Montgomery & Carol Watts' Pitch —— David Grubbs & Susan Howe's Souls of the Labadie Tract —— Sussan Deihim's rendition of E.A Poe's A Shadow —— Jordan Scott's Flub and Utter video —— Tracie Morris' My Great Aunt meets a Bush Supporter —— I closed on the video I've recently finished on my Middling English installation.

Next artist talk for Larm Radio, Friday 25 March 2011.

Visit to the writers school Forfatter Skolen, 4-5 April, w poet Martin Glaz Serup.

March 2011
American Academy of Poets

Three pieces from Meddle English are now available at the Academy of American Poets site: "Cat in the Throat" (short version) — "The Not Tale (Funeral)" — and this one in full:

A paradoxical pleasure is both solid nor liquid that can be wet, dry, hard, soft, expansive, changeable. An intricate and hollow polymer network is energy transport at its finest, a compound structure of gas nor bubbles nor fans. Once hardened it can be tough to break. What binds. A gel for instance can envelop like an elastic skin. It can be prodded distorted pushed about, yet will bounce back and hold its shape. Under greater surface tension, it breaks into liquid starts to flow,...

from "About Foam"


5 March 2011
Middling English at the British Library

As part of the British Library's  exhibition, Evolving English, I will be presenting an artist talk.

Sunday 5 March, 3.30pm. Free and Open to all.

11 Feb 2011
Pittsburgh City Paper

The poetry and artwork of Caroline Bergvall examines language in a constant state of evolution.... by Justin Hopper


9-15 February
Book Launch readings Brooklyn/NY/Bard/Pittsburgh

9 Feb,  Presentation, Brooklyn College, Tanger Auditorium, 6pm
10 Feb, The John Ashbery Poetry Series, Bard College, Weis Cinema, 6pm
12 Feb, Segue Reading, with Sarah Dowling, Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, NYC 4-6pm
13 Feb, Nightboat group reading and launch party, Poets House, 10 River Terrace, 3-5pm
14 Feb, The Poetry Project, with Kim Rosenfield, St Marks Church, NYC, 8pm
15 Feb, Presentation, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, 644 College Hall, 4.30pm

Dec 2010
Meddle English: New and Selected Texts - JUST OUT!

This book gathers a decade of literary work, including the long out-of-print performance text Goan Atom, inspired by the graphic disarticulations of Hans Bellmer’s Doll and Alfred Jarry's Ubu trilogy of plays; the Shorter Chaucer Tales series of contemporary tales exploring social mores in a feisty mix of languages; and recent hybrid prose pieces Cropper, Cat in the Throat, as well as the polemical introductory text: Middling English.

Book design: Kevin Mount. Front cover: from The Myrrour of the Worlde, publ. by Caxton, 1490.

Nightboat Books, NY. (Official publ. date March 2011). UK / EU distr. Eurospan.


Friday 26 Nov
The Verb, BBC3

Fried Tale (part 1) read on radio. The Verb, lit and language progr presented by Ian McMillan. 21.15-22.00 GMT this Friday.


25 Nov - 2 Dec
Voices with Texts: my playlist on WebSYNradio

WebSYNradio est une radio de création en streaming 24/7 diffusée sur le site de la revue Droit de Cités. Chaque semaine un artiste propose une intervention inédite. //. WebSYNradio : a workshop for the review Droit de Cités and a radio program hosted by Dominique Balaÿ. 

1hr mix of pieces by poets and musicians, in collaboration or solo.

Lee Ann Brown, "Underwear", from the song cycle The13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, live reading NY 2003
Tom Phillips & Gavin Bryars "Chorus (Love is Help Mate)" from Irma opera (1968)
Sawako Nakayasu, "Capacity" on collective Kenning CD (2008)
Ida Börjel & Mathias Kristerson, "Söndag V.42 2005 (Disponentgatan)" on collective Audioei #26 CD (2006)
Caroline Bergvall & Adam Parkinson "1DJ2MANY (microa)" unused mix, prep work towards installation (2010)
Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros & John Giorno, live from Les Soirees Nomades, Fondation Cartier, Paris 2008
Charles Bernstein & Ben Yarmolinsky "The Show's Sensational" from The Lenny Paschen Show opera.
Rosmarie Waldrop, "Short American Memory of Salem", live reading Buffalo (1992)
Will Montgomery & Carol Watts, "Pitch", homage to Luigi Nono (2010)
Robert Ashley, "In Sara Mencken, Chirst and Beethoven there were men and women" (1972)
Tracie Morris, "My Great Aunt Meets a Bush Supporter" Penn Sound studio rec (2005)
Caroline Bergvall & Adam Parkinson "1DJMANY (microb)" unused mix, prep work towards installation (2010)
Laurie Anderson "Closed Circuits"  (1977)
Linh Dinh "Eating Fried Chicken", Penn Sound studio rec (2007)
Cia Rinne & Sebastian Eskildsen, "Sounds for Soloists" (2010)
Barbara Barg & Barbara Ess, "Excerpts from A streetcar named desire, for Blanche" on Tellus #5-6 special audiovisual issue (1984)
Bernadette Mayer, "Catullus #48" w/ the Latin.

sources: Penn Sound, ubuweb, Fondation Cartier, lent artist files.


4 -6 Dec 2010
(1 of MnE) Keynote speaker at Sexuate Subjects: Politics, Poetics & Ethics

3 days w & around Luce Irigaray -  UCL, London -

Panels, performances and exhibitions

This international interdisciplinary conference seeks to generate new theories and practices of subjectivity – ‘sexuate subjects’ – through contemporary poetic and political research in the visual arts, humanities and social sciences, and with reference to Luce Irigaray’s theory of ‘sexuate difference’. By examining these complex expressions of our physical and psychic lives through artefact, body, dialogue, image, installation and word, the event will provide a platform of diverse approaches which can help us build sexuate futures for all. Such approaches aim to contribute towards developing more nuanced understandings of the diversity of global cultures and their academic and public intersections.

My contribution alongside Dr Doina Petrescu & Jananne Al-Ani - Friday 6:30-8:00pm



Middling English - catalogue w/ CD (UK distr. Cornerhouse)

Available from Dec in UK arts bookshops and from Cornerhouse

Full colour, hardback, 72 pages.

Includes interview w Imogen Stidworthy, essay by Vincent Broqua, original texts by Caroline Bergvall. 

w/ CD of 3 tracks from the show: mixes by Adam Parkinson.



TONY WHITE and Middling English

Writer Tony White's presentation as part of the closing discussion event to my show.

As a way of unpacking the idea of Middling, he tackled "fantasies of exclusion in the dominant class", here primarily experienced through language shifts. About his own heavily inflected novel written in Eastendish in the early 90s and a quick clip from LKJ in the 70s as interviewed by the BBC.


October 2010
Conte d'été / The Summer Tale, in VACARME #53 (Oct 2010)

Opening lines:

Rome est le pays miême de la crème glacée

et depuis des générations, tant pérégrins que gents de bourgs

ce peuple verni, à table jouasse et béat

a renoncé au dessert à l’auberge

pour la simple plaisance 

d’aller manger sa glace au soleil.

Translated by members of Double Change: Vincent Broqua, Abigail Lang, and Omar Berrada with Anne Portugal. 


Fall 2010 (#113)
Fried Tale (London Zoo) in arts and literature magazine BOMB (NY)

Great issue AND first outing for this piece AND in its complete 4 parts!

Opening lines:

All juicit with an arseful of moola, wonga, clams & squids

 doks stasht in identikl blakcases hanging from ther hans

2 Suits, a mega pair of Smith, Blupils no dout,

viddying how they trading outa goodness welth stuporifik,

shake handes, hug n abuse ech othre on the bak.

It’s a total blowout! we tawking millions a squilyons,

zilyons a nanilyons, bilyons a teramilyons

jus 4 kreaming the topping, o my brother. 

This text and much else soon available in my book of new & selected, Meddle English (Nightboat, NY).


23 October 2010
Middling English – closing party w symposium!

Closing the show in style!

Presentation and  discussion on the role of writing today between four cross-disciplinary writers: Claire MacDonald, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Tony White and Caroline Bergvall.
Followed by drinks

Free. All welcome. 2-6 pm


2pm - guided tour by caroline bergvall

7 September - 23 October 2010
Middling English - language-space-sound

a John Hansard Gallery exhibition 

Middling English traverses language from sci-fi/horror and city lingo to dark humour, unexplained spellings, Chaucerian glossary via bilingual code switchings and texting vernaculars. Each element of text, site, sound and materials is mixed into one complex viewing and listening environment.

A site specific installation, a form of abstract theatre.

A show conceived by C Bergvall in collaboration with the John Hansard Gallery, and w/ DvsN, Adam Parkinson, Zahra Mani, Alex Prokop.


October 2010
SAY PARSLEY vimeo viewable here

Short video recreating the 4th siting of Say Parsley.

Arnolfini Gallery, May-July 2010. 


July 7-9
Keynote at Contemporary Womens Writing Network

Contemporary Women's Writing: New Texts, Approaches, and Technologies is the theme of the Third Biennial International Conference of the Contemporary Women's Writing Network in collaboration with San Diego State University.


June 20-27
Naropa Summer Writing Program

Doing workshops, presenting work, reading w peers and students. Of whom Tracie Morris, Alan Gilbert, Lisa Jarnot, Michael Heller, Brenda Hillman, and many others, in the bright light of Colorado. 


20 May-4 July
Say: Parsley at Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, 7 May-4 July

Fourth resiting of my collaborative language and sound installation w Ciarán Maher.

Initially commissioned by Spacex Gallery in 2001.

Pic Jamie Woodley.


21 March-20 April 2010
Ecrire entre les langues - Research residency, Paris, 21 March-19 April

A month-long residency in Paris, around motifs of bilingualism, translation, and linguistic performance in my work.

Organised by Vincent Broqua and sponsored by Paris 12, IMAGER & Double Change. The residency is organised as a series of seminars and round-tables w poets and translators based in Paris.


6 Feb 2010
Speaking Out: The Spoken Word in Arts Practice, Tate Modern

1 day-long symposium curated by Cathy Lane.

Taking the lead from the recently published anthology of works Playing with Words: The Spoken Word in Artistic Practice, this event encompasses performances, talks and conversations by artists and researchers who employ spoken words as their material and inspiration.

Participants include: Tomomi Adachi, Caroline Bergvall, David Toop, Imogen Stidworthy, Brandon LaBelle, Oswaldo Macià and Trevor Wishart.


14 January'10
TENT.10 [events]
Talk and presentation around bilingual poetics as part of Katarina Zdjelar's video artshow Parapoetics. Rotterdam.NL.
15 Dec 2009
VIA heard by Book Patrol

Seattle.


Dec 2009
SPECIAL FEATURE in HOW 2 online poetics journal
New critical and poetic responses to my work edited into a special feature by Sophie Robinson. Also includes my short essay Pressure Points: on gendered & tactical authorship and an edited correspondence with poet Erin Moure.
27-28 November
TRANSLATED ACTS No.3
This third and final seminar discussed modes of practice that address questions of cultural translation, linguistic or textual exchange, intermodal transformation, and articulate various modes of cultural and ethical engagement/s. Launch evening pres. by Galician poet Chus Pato and poet Redell Olsen. Next day roundtable presentations: Larry Lynch, Allen Fisher, Tim Atkins, Sophie Robinson, Frances Kruk, Daniel Rourke, Kim Patrick, Steve Willey, Kristen Kreider.
Nov 2009
on DJ/Rupture & Matt Shadetek's Solar Life Raft CD

Chck out this great mix of More Pets on their latest album.

Just out on Agriculture. Review & playlist here


24-26 October 2009
OSLO POESI FESTIVAL
With the participation of a great crew of Scandinavian and international poets and an opening night from Charles Bernstein. I have been invited to introduce Bernstein and will also read. Meanwhile my text Cat in the Throat has been translated into Norwegian for the Henie Onstad Art Centre catalogue of their show around vocality and art, To Be Heard Is To Be Seen (August 30th - November 8th 2009.
17-18 October 2009
POETRY MARATHON at the SERPENTINE GALLERY
Poetry Marathon is a two-day poetry event featuring performances from leading poets, writers, artists, philosophers, scholars and musicians.
27 Sept 2009
ZINC BAR reading
6:45 pm 82 West 3rd Street (btw Thompson & Sullivan). NYC. I read w Stacy Szymaszek & Evelyn Reilly.
24-25 September 2009
ADFEMPO at CUNY by BELLADONNA
Advancing Feminist Poetics and Activism. A gigantic gathering of openly gendered writers and language-based artists curated by the Belladonna team. If you are in NY: the gathering is Free for All. I am due to take part in the Textual Migrations panel.
21-23 Sept 2009
Visit to BROWN UNIVERSITY

Reading shared with Sandy Baldwin. Followed by 2 days talks & discussions.


September 2009
Conclusion HAMMER RESIDENCY (Sept 09)

Collaborative Arts residency with Rodney McMillian.

Summary of our open-ended findings and some visual material online here incl. video interview.


Summer 2009
CROPPER Audiotext at multi-media mag Trickhouse #5

Other contributors incl.

Thalia Field, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Anne Waldman & Lisa Jarnot, Josh Friedman, Lisa Birman, Verbobala,...


8-9 May 2009
TRANSLATED ACTS No. 2 (Southampton 8-9 May)
This second event focused on identifying and discussing methods of writing and of manipulating language that enhance questions of language transmission, intertextual methods, filmatographic adaptation, writing in mixed-media environments, and audio forms of writing. Day 1 addressed Texts and Screens with presentations by Imogen Stidworthy, Polly Gould and Claire MacDonald. Day 2 addressed Writing and Contemporary Media, with shorter prompts for discussion.

29 May- 03 June 2009
B:Fest/ Divergence Poetry Festival (Luton 29May-03June)
Part of the new and inter-arts Luton Arts Festival. Line-up incl. Lee Harwood, Frances Kruk, Sophie Robinson, Sean Bonney, Giles Goodland, Jeff Hilson, John Hegley. I will be reading on 30 May, 7.30pm, Luton Library with Redell Olsen.

May 2009
Updated Author Page pennSound
Rejigged page, new additions, full download of my CD VIA (1994-2004). Thanks to M. Hennessey.
May 2009
En Katt i Halsen + Invocation
Röster. Issue 1-2:2009 of Swedish arts journal Ord & Bild on Voices. W/ CD. My contribution "A cat in the Throat" tr. into Swedish by Athena Farrokzhad. CD cut: Invocation. Cover detail.
April 2009
CROPPER
Chapbook published by Torque Press (Southampton, 2008). Ed 250 ex. Designed by Marit Münzberg. Contact: Torque Press, Jane Glenn: J.Glenn@soton.ac.uk

21-25 April 2009
PhonoFemme sound art festival (Vienna 21-25 April)
International Sound Art festival in Vienna of works by female composers and artists. Premiere of audiotext version of "Cropper" (solo voice, 16 mins), on invitation from Zahra Mani/PhonoFemme.
March-April 2009
Collaborative Residency w Rodney McMillian Hammer Museum (March-July)
On invitation from The Hammer Museum’s Artist Residency Program, a research residency with visual artist Rodney McMillian.
March 2009
Extreme Media Studies interview (NY, March)
Audio interview around my own website as a Web Guest of Extreme Media Studies (New School, NY). Conducted and recorded by Elizabeth Ellsworth & Jamie Kruse with audio snippets of the interview.
22 Jan 2009
Dartington reading with poet Andrea Brady.
Dartington Campus. Studio 3. Starts at 7.30pm. Free admission.
11-12 December 2008
TRANSLATED ACTS No.1 (video + pics up)
Co-organiser of these practice-led seminars using methods and ideas from the visual arts, writing practice and language research as they engage with operations of translation and transmission. This first one at Central St Martins College of Art, London. Pic by Erica Scourti.
12 November 2008
UC Berkeley: The Holloway Series in Poetry (12 November 08)
Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room (Room 315). 6:30-8:30 p.m.
11 November 2008
Talk at the California College of the Arts
Artist Talk as part of the Graduate Lecture Series. Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco campus, 7pm.
7 November 2008
Reading at Small Press Traffic
Reading with C.S. Giscombe at this long-established reading series in San Francisco (USA). 7:30 PM, Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts.
24 October 2008
Göteborg Poesi Festival
Reading and contribution to the panel on this year's festival theme: "kollektivitet" (on community, spec. literary communities) + Friday night at the House of Win Win: AudiaTour group reading co-curated with the festival.
22 October 2008
AudiaTour + Tekstallianse 2008
A reading tour of Scandinavian cities Oslo, Stockholm, Gothenburg curated by the Audiatur team. Featured readers: Rob Fitterman (US), Kim Rosenfield (US), Giles Goodland (UK), Gwenaëlle Stubbe (BEL) & Caroline Bergvall (23-24 only).

15 October 2008
Transmission: Host
Annual artist talk series organised by Sheffield Hallam University with Site Gallery and Showroom Cinema. This year's theme: "The Stranger". This event hosted by Nick Thurston.
11 September 2008
Writing Encounters
Opening address at this "International symposium featuring interdisciplinary artists and scholars working in the expanded field of writing". Curated by Claire MacDonald, Claire Hind and Simon Zimmerman. York St John University & Thespacebetweenwords.org.
August 2008
Plessjřr
Full colour bilingual drawings and text project. Published by the Norwegian H-Press, as part of their Miniatyr series.
10 June 2008
Alyson Singes
Limited ed. chapbook designed and published by Belladonna (NY). Designed by Emily Beall. Released to coincide with the live presentation at DIA Arts Foundation.

10 June 2008
Tuesdays on the Terrace, DIA Art Foundation
Live presentation: My Chaucer. In collaboration with composer Mario Diaz de León on zither & electric guitar. As part of the DIA at the Hispanic Society of America season. NY 10 June 2008.