ASYLUM’ – A POETIC INSTALLATION. – 16th – 22nd February – Opening Thursday 16 – 7pm
“Asylum” is a collaboration between the poets Márton Koppány and Albert Pellicer. It explores the ‘unheard of’ and the ‘elsewhere’ within and between the concepts of shelter and institution, often defined by borderlines. It creates a ‘stanza’ (little room) as a space to listen.
Márton Koppány (b. 1953) lives in Budapest, Hungary. He is a (visual) poet and (language) artist. His books include: Immortality and Freedom, Coracle Press, 1991; The Other Side, Kalligram 1999; To Be Or To Be, Runaway Spoon Press,1996; Investigations and Other Sequences, Ahadada Books, 2003; Endgames, Modulations, Addenda, all by Otoliths, 2008, 2010, 2012; this is visual poetry, 2010; Fall Leaves, Woodland Pattern Book Center, 2011; The Reader, Runaway Spoon Press, 2012. E-books include: Waves, HungarianLangArt, TheAhaMoment , all by Eratio, 2008, 2014, 2016.
Collaborative books include : From The Annual Records of The Cloud Appreciation Society, with Nico Vassilakis, Otoliths, 2008; Short Movies, with Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, cPress, 2008; Book of Numbers, with Jim Leftwich, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2011. An ongoing collaborative project with Anatol Knotek is online at Márton and Anatol.
In anthologies: Anthology Spidertangle, The Last Vispo, A Global Visuage, The Dark Would and The New Concrete.
First exhibitions: Barbican Library, 1989, Woodland Pattern, 1991. Recent shows: Text Festival, Manchester, 2011 and 2014; The Dark Would, Edinburgh, 2013. Recent readings (2011-2013): The Green Lantern, Chicago; Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee; UNF, Jacksonville; Birkbeck, Rich Mix and X Marks the Bökship, London.
Albert Pellicer is a poet born in Barcelona and based in London. He writes in English, Catalan and Spanish. His poetry explores the margins of text and sound and looks into the concept of ‘timbre’ in poetry. He is currently doing research on The Sonology Of The Unheard: A Poetics of Timbre at Birkbeck University.
He has performed at various locations in the UK, including the International E-poetry Conference, 2005, and has taken part at several international festivals: Festival de Polipoesia (Barcelona, 2006); II International Festival Video Poetry in Buenos Aires (Argentina, 2005), for his piece Word of Mouth; Izmir Poetry Festival (Turkey, 2015) and at the International Literary Festival in Linares (Mexico, 2015).
His poems have appeared in the magazines Openned, Shrike, Exiled Ink and Alba Londres. His lenticular piece Para–graph was displayed at Public Page– organised by Dartington College. He was granted Two installations: Fennec commissioned by The Centre for Contemporary Poetics, 2013 and Some Herd Of Noons, displayed at the Tree Hardy Gallery, London, 2014.
He has collaborated with sound artist Ximena Alarcón with the poem The Fumigation Of La Luna performed at: Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University, 2009; ColombiAcústica, University of North Texas and Texas A&M University, 2008. He has also worked with saxophonist Mark Matsena in Journey To Day and with composer Francisco Coll, Óxido: First Repetition, premiered at the Wigmore Hall in 2010, published by Faber & Faber Music. The film Breath of Sense by filmmaker Helen Petts is based on the translation of his poem into the whistled language of La Gomera, in The Canary Islands. He has published a verse novel in Catalan and English, El Lector de Núvols – Omnina Books, 2011 and Fennec – Erbacce Press, 2014.