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The Agents of Impurity - a Night of Sound, Poetry and Sound Poetry

Sonic Arts Network hosted The Agents of Impurity, a special free broadcast benefit event for Resonance FM on Sunday 17 October, The Museum of Garden History, London.

SAN were honoured to present an exclusive presentation of the work of Henri Chopin. Chopin has been a tireless explorer of the grain of the voice since the 50s and his work opens new ways of listening beyond the separation between music and language.

Also performing was Caroline Bergvall, whose sound poetry represents the disintegration of speech in spoken performance and a meeting point between various languages; physical and verbal, French and English, live voice and ventriloquised technology. Bergvall presented a complete performance of "About Face", a project that uses the live, oral performance of a written text to explore speech residues, spittles, hesitations and micro-particles of sense.

Kenneth Goldsmith, mastermind of the epochal ubu.com and curator of the Agents of Impurity CD, delivered an amazing selection of his work. Goldsmith’s writing has been described as the most “exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry” by Publishers Weekly.

Sue Tompkins presented "More Cola Wars", performance poetry that moves from the page to the voice, from speech to song, from song to signal, from signal to pure sound. A process of writing and a process of thought revealed in poetic performance.

The evening was rounded off by Birmingham’s Frank Cougar, inhabitant of a surreal and enigmatic world between music and the spoken word, cabaret and a half remembered Raymond Chandler novel, darkness and the void.

 

Agents of Impurity

Henri Chopin
 
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