Saturday 5 February 2022, 8pm
Feature is a new event series inviting contributors from the worlds of art, poetry, and performance. This first iteration welcomes Lawrence Lek (artist/musician), Lila Matsumoto (poet/musician) and Edmund Hardy (poet/filmmaker), with Seb SMS (DJ) and All Night Flight (DJ).
Lawrence Lek 陆明龙 is a London-based artist working with moving image, performance, video games, and installation. He draws from a background in architecture and electronic music to build virtual worlds through a process of collage that combines narrative and material environments. Blurring distinctions between film and game, his works are known for their portrayal of nomadic characters within technological landscapes, and for exploring themes of identity, memory, control, and agency.
Lila Matsumoto’s latest publication is Two Twin Pipes Sprout Water (Prototype Publishing, 2021), a Winter 2021 Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Looking to the fictive possibilities of poetry, and poetry’s affinities to song and music, the collection explores the theme of contingency: as individuated, ordinary-extraordinary moments, as broader cultural milieu, and as resonances of social and environmental inequity. Rooted in descriptions of objects and nature, these illustrative poems offer a sense of the world as an observed tableau, inviting the reader in as an involved and knowing participant in the creation of a strange yet familiar world.
Lila's other publications include the poetry collection Urn & Drum (Shearsman, 2018) and the chapbooks Soft Troika (If a Leaf Falls Press, 2016) and Allegories from my Kitchen (Sad Press, 2015).
She teaches poetry and creative-critical writing at the University of Nottingham and plays in the bands Food People and Cloth. lilamatsumoto.com