Vicki Bennett & Gregor Weichbrodt, Mark Leahy, Will Montgomery
Wednesday 17th February 2016, 7 pm | Free entry
The Other Room 59
The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, M2 4PD.
Update: and here is the video!
The Fundamental Questions is a collaborative work by Bennett and Weichbrodt and will be performed on the night by members of the audience.
(please note: this is a reading by other people, the artists will not be present)
Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) specialises in the manipulation and reworking of original sources from both the experimental and popular worlds of music, film and radio. She sees sampling and appropriation as folk art sourced from the palette of contemporary media and technology. Embedded in her work is the premise that all is interconnected and that claiming ownership of an “original” or isolated concept is both preposterous and redundant. http://peoplelikeus.org
Gregor Weichbrodt, born 1988 in Potsdam, is a digital writer. He works and lives in Berlin. His work includes the transcription of Germany’s Next Top model in the guise of a “Reclam”- Drama, and On The Road, a 55 page long route instruction for Jack Kerouac’s self discovery trip. www.ggor.de
Mark Leahy is a writer and artist operating among textual practices and live art. In recent performances he has performed vocalisations of material fed to him via headphones, generated live using chance operations on text data. Works include ‘his voice’ (commissioned by Counter Plymouth Art Book Fair, Oct 2015), ‘flat-head self-tapping’ at Chelsea School of Art (May 2015) and ‘answering machine’ for Experimentica14 at Chapter Cardiff (Nov 2014). He has been commissioned to write texts to accompany work by artists including Nathan Walker, Katy Connor, Steven Paige, and Low Profile. His critical publications include essays in Open Letter, Performance Research Journal and The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice; a chapter in The Blackwell Companion to Digital Literary Studies (2007); an essay in The Salt Companion to John James (2010), and a chapter in The Life and Work of Thomas MacGreevy: A Critical Reappraisal (2013).
Will Montgomery has a long-standing involvement in contemporary experimental music and field recording. He has released his music on the nonvisualobjects, Entr’acte, Winds Measure, Cathnor and Every Contact Leaves a Trace labels. His most recent CD is The crystal at the lips (Organized Music from Thessaloniki, 2015).
He teaches contemporary poetry and poetics at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of The Poetry of Susan Howe: History, Theology, Authority (Palgrave, 2010) and he co-edited (with Robert Hampson) Frank O’Hara Now: New Essays on the New York Poet (Liverpool UP, 2010). He is currently working on a monograph on short form in American poetry and an edited collection on field recording and literature.