One of the fascinating souls I met during my time in Brisbane was Thomas Day. In collaboration with Eleanor Jackson, Thomas co-created a performance on the work of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. And as the mind behind noknowthing films, he directed the QPF Filmmaker’s Challenge 2012 winner (a film called “Just Before You Died,” also a collaboration with Eleanor). What I witnessed of his solo in-progress work has inspired me with its acerbic, tight wordplay and its urgent care (or care informed by necessity).
Thomas and I recently collaborated on a video/sound work called “glacierkull.” The film will debut twice in the coming week: @ With Baited Breath… an evening of experiential (November 2, Brisbane) and @ the Tokyo Sound Poetry Festival (November 7-8, Tokyo).
#gibberese will be performed live via projection by 25 writers from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, and Iceland in Stykkishólmur, Iceland at Vatnasafn (Library of Water) on Saturday, October 13th. The first edition of #gibberese was performed for the Queensland Poetry Festival on August 25th, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. At Vatnasafn, Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl and I will perform from our separate works while the live #gibberese feed is projected on the walls. The evening will culminate in a mysterious collaboration by Eiríkur and me.
Participants include Ray Hsu (Canada), david stavanger (Australia), Kent MacCarter (Australia), Katie Fedosenko (Australia), Julie Beveridge (Australia), Craig Dodman (Canada), Carmel Purkis (Canada), Christine Leclerc (Canada), Angela Szczepaniak (Canada), Angela Hibbs (Canada), Sarah Gory (Australia), Michael Christopher Holmes (Canada), Sonnet L’Abbe (Canada), Jamie Popowich (Canada), Tim Sinclair (Australia), Elee KG (Canada), Tamara Lazaroff (Australia), Chloë Callistemon (Australia), Kári Páll Óskarsson (Iceland/Germany), Kári Tulinius (Iceland/France), Bragi Páll Sigurðarson (Iceland), Helen White (Belgium), Sachiko Murakami (Canada), françois luong (France/USA), and Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir (Iceland/Germany).
A highlight of my Queensland experience was the opportunity to spend time with Thomas Day, whose brilliant cross-disciplinary work sings with conscience and aesthetic care. This still is taken from his video-poem The Thought Fox, screened during his performance with the equally brilliant Eleanor Jackson of their collaboration Ted & Sylvia.
On the eve of imminent Queensland departure, I’m enveloped by the send-off notes, wee treasures, and flurry of last-moment adventures and sustenance.
Glow-worm fantasia at Natural Arch. Canoed estuary. Moggill Creek. Injera. Turnstyle. Mullumbimby markets. Scrabble. Ahmet’s. Byron Bay in search of Jordan Scott’s tattoo.
Lantana and gum nuts from Talina and Craig. Sweetbread from Sarah. Ungretel from Trudie. Literature from Helen, Lesley, Tiggy, John, Nick, Stu, QPF. Tea from Jules. Pol sambol from Janaka. Wish marble and Chinese sentence cards from Jason. Death from Thomas. Pussy from Eleanor. Melaleuca from Andrew. Aventurine, onyx, Macedonia from Tamara. Questions from Graham. Gibber, platypus, Yukon from Chloë.
I buzz with the enormity of this residency gift. My deepest gratitude to everyone who has contributed to such invigorated interconnection the last three months. Blissed. Blessed.
“The pleasure is all mine. Women like us strengthen most host-like. When in doubt, give.” - Björk
Future pen names, courtesy of my lovely writing community in Brisbane:
the rawlings (nominated by the Glossa workshoppers)
eh.rawlings (nominated by Andrew Phillips)