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Transcapes / The Halted Traveler

Part of the exhibition  Other Indications at the Municipal Arts Centre in Nicosia (NiMAC) , 'Transcapes / The Halted Traveler' is a project co-curated by artist Maria Loizidou and researcher/curator/journalist Elena Parpa - within Parpa's larger proposal 'Exercises on Orientation' - which takes the form of a workshop of "memory recall". It makes use of work by a group of artists, architects and poets (Meletis Apostolides, Leto Kattou with Leontios Toumpouris, Marianna Christofides, Kyrillos Sarris with Giorgos Hatzimichalis, Yves Sabourin, and myself) to "approach the concept of landscape as a mnemonic and psychographic space, which is composed through personal narratives, memory overlapping, but also through travels – real and imaginary – which at times activate the desire for repositioning in space and time [... and] attempts to create the conditions for such a reorientation." To realise 'Transcapes / The Halted Traveler', Loizidou

New Planet Cabaret

Edited by Dave Lordan and published by New Island in association with RTÉ, New Planet Cabaret is an anthology of new writing prompted by an on-air creative writing course co-ordinated by Lordan that ran on RTÉ Radio's arts programme 'Arena' between December 2012 and June 2013. The anthology includes the best of the entries out of its series of competitions along with work from a number of specially-commissioned writers, intermixed and broken down into thematic sections.  New Planet Cabaret attempts, in Dave's words , to "bring to print and to radio an anthology in the explicitly cross-genre or even Trans-spirit of the generation of collaborators, hybridisers, experimenters, and mutual inspirers I’m so happy and proud to be a part of". The list of writers featured in the anthology includes Colm Keegan, Kevin Higgins, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Billy Ramsell, Sarah Clancy, Dimitra Xidous, Jennifer Matthews, Jinx Lennon, Sarah Griffin, Raven, Paul Casey, Abby Olivei

Camaradefest: report & videos

Last month's Camaradefest delivered what it promised: an all-day extravaganza of poetry collaborations from some of the most exciting poets currently practicing in the UK and elsewhere. From its 2pm start all the way to a finish time of 10.30pm, the main ground floor space at the Rich Mix was a hub of conversation, connection, cross-pollination, mutual-inspiration - and much fun; it unravelled organically, facilitated by the genuinely positive atmosphere cultivated over time by series curator Steven Fowler. For the piece we premiered that evening, Kimberly Campanello and I had taken as our theme objects placed on or intended for public display. And to deliver our collaboration we decided to go retro, and slow: we constructed a conversation through letters sent via An Post and Royal Mail, ending up (for now) with five letter-poems each. Our intention is to build on this collaboration and to present it, with its extensions, to other audiences. I can't remember there being

VLAK 4

VLAK is an enormous journal that acts as an international curatorial project with a broad focus on contemporary poetics, art, film, philosophy, music, science, design, politics, performance, ecology, and new media. Its global-local environment is defined by intersections, hybrids, transversals: realities that are contested, interactual and always in the process of taking new forms. It stands for the drive to experiment, to synthesise, to extend - holding to the principle that a vital culture is always experimental and thus always "at a crossroads." Issue 4 of VLAK , a 440-page volume edited by Louis Armand, David Vichnar, Edmund Berrigan, Ali Alizadeh, Steven J. Fowler, Jane Lewty, Stephen Mooney, Olga Pekova, Jeroen Nieuwland and Ewelina Chiu, was published last month. It features some fantastic work from a vast array of international artists and writers including Vanessa Place, Alice Notley, John Kinsella, Sean Bonney, Steve Dalachinsky, Philip Terry, Emily Critchley, Har