THESE ARE NOT POEMS at TotalKunst

Posted on Aug 17, 2011

Lines 44-45 of Guillaume Apollinaire’s poem Le Bestiaire (1911) read: Belles journées, souris du temps, Vous rongez peu à peu ma vie. (Beautiful days, time’s mice, gnawing little by little my life away.)

The image above is the first of five shelf poems I’ve just installed today at TotalKunst, Edinburgh for THESE ARE NOT POEMS. The three-day exhibition is part of the I AM NOT A POET: a two-week festival exploring connections of language, writing and art practice. More shelf poems below, more about the festival at VerySmallKitchen.

J.L. Austin’s lectures How to do Things with Words (1955) identify certain categories of utterance that affect rather than describe their context.

Doing Words with Things shares its title with my collaborative performance between a sculptor and a signer of British Sign Language, resulting in conversations made of wire. Performances at London Word Festival (Apr 2011) and Tate Britain (Oct 2011).

Peter Dreher’s painting series Tag um Tag ist Guter Tag (Day by Day is a Good Day, 1974-ongoing) comprises nearly 4,000 numbered paintings of the same empty glass.

Each to Each originated as a sculptural installation of the same name, created for the Citations Lifted Loose exhibition, part of the Concrete and Glass Festival (2008).

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