Monday 20 July 2015, 8pm
Book launch event for ‘F.M.R.L. Footnotes, Mirages, Refrains and Leftovers of Writing Sound’ by Daniela Cascella (Zer0 Books). With Christian Patracchini, Colin Potter, David Toop, Elaine Mitchener, Georgia Rodger, James Wilkes, Patrick Farmer + Trevor Simmons , Richard Skinner, Rie Nakajima, Salomé Voegelin, Steven J Fowler.
For her book launch Daniela Cascella has asked artists, writers, performers, musicians to remix, rewrite, re-read the book: to use the book as raw material and to present a series of short responses in any form or medium.
This event is the fourth and last in the reFMRL series, that challenges the conventional format of the book launch to work instead with the book as material presence, and to enhance the polyphonies that inhabit and form F.M.R.L.
Listening into writing, reading into writing take shape in F.M.R.L. through a collection of short texts, fragments and deranged essays, with attention to pacing and linguistic derives. An archive of books, notebooks, events and records prompts the texts in these pages, responding to encounters with Michel Leiris’s autobiographical fictions; concerts and events at Café Oto and the Swedenborg House in London; visits to museums such as the Pitt Rivers in Oxford and exhibitions such as Ice Age Art at the British Museum, among the others.
F.M.R.L. is a book constructed across sonic patterns, assonance, repetitions, comprising texts that intermittently drift from sense to sound and to nonsense and back. A flip from the immateriality of sound to the sounds of letters and words as material, a call from reading to voicing.
This event is produced in collaboration with SARU, Sonic Art Research Unit, Oxford Brookes University.
Christian Patracchini’s practice explores a code of gestures that investigate their potential and modes of existence in relation to their own privation.
Colin Potter is a sound & recording engineer and performer who has been working with unusual music and noises for over 30 years, both solo and as a member of various ensembles, most notably Nurse With Wound.
Daniela Cascella is a writer whose work is driven by a longstanding interest in the relationship between listening, reading, writing, recording, translating and in the contingent conversations, questions, frictions, kinships that these fields generate, host or complicate.
David Toop is a composer/musician, author and curator who has worked in many fields of sound art and music, including improvisation, sound installations, field recordings, pop music production, music for television, theatre and dance.
Elaine Mitchener is a vocal artist working with improvisation/sound-text & movement.
Georgia Rodger’s works often stage the act of making as a performance, exploring this as a mediation between body and tools.
James Wilkes writes poetry, scripts for performance, and criticism. He has collaborated widely with scientists, artists, composers and poets, and is Associate Director of Hubbub, an international interdisciplinary team exploring the dynamics of rest, noise, tumult, activity and work as residents of the Hub at Wellcome Collection.
Patrick Farmer and Trevor Simmons are thinking of writing about, and drawing, even-toed ungulates.
Richard Skinner is a novelist, poet and Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy.
Rie Nakajima works with sound and space applying kinetics and found objects.
Salomé Voegelin’s curatorial and writing practice is concerned with listening and hearing as a socio-political practice; her artistic practice involves sound and text works in collaboration with David Mollin.
SJ Fowler is a poet, artist, curator & vanguardist working across text / sound / performance.