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A project by Daniela Cascella and Natasha Soobramanien

The LYD Writing Research Residencies, 2015/2016

Lydgalleriet, Bergen, 26/27 November 2016

Smarginature is a two-day series of events, aimed at readers, writers, listeners, vocalists, translators, artists and anyone else interested in exploring the ways in which language, or languages—written, spoken, or overheard—can elude definition and trespass boundaries.
The series is inspired by a selection of texts which explore or enact such language slippages and shifting subjectivities. Central to these is Elena Ferrante’s tetralogy, The Neapolitan Novels (trans. Ann Goldstein), from which the term ‘smarginature’ is taken. Translated by Ann Goldstein as ‘dissolving boundaries’, ‘smarginature’ describes, in the novels, a state of psychological and existential crisis periodically experienced by one of the protagonists. Ferrante’s use of a technical printing term (‘outside of the margins’), suggests also the difficulties of fixing meaning—reality—in language.

Smarginature will feature performances and workshops by poet and artist Cia Rinne and artist and writer Claire Potter, as well as Radio Ferrante: the live recording of a podcast, during which local and international guests will be invited to join Daniela Cascella and Natasha Soobramanien—the organisers of Smarginature— to talk about their engagement with Ferrante’s work and beyond.

New online writing commissions by Hannah Black, Juliet Jacques, Jen Hofer, Bhanu Kapil, Ashaki M. Jackson and Mg Roberts will be published on a dedicated blog, http://writingsoundbergen.wordpress.com, in the weeks before the event. Cascella and Soobramanien will also publish new writing alongside these commissions: enquiries into their own understanding of ‘smarginature’ and their engagements with other texts which explore this phenomenon.

 

Events are open to all, whether you know and love Ferrante’s novels or not. While all events will be held in English, ambivalence about expressing oneself in this language does not at all preclude participation—and may even be an advantage.

Smarginature was developed and programmed by writers Daniela Cascella and Natasha Soobramanien following their Lyd Writing Research Residency* at Lydgalleriet in September and December 2015.

*The LYD Writing Research Residencies were initiated by Cascella in 2015 with the aim of exploring a number of intersections and interactions that may occur between listening, reading, writing, translating, recording, silencing, conversing, with a focus on performative and collaborative approaches and with emphasis on discursive and reflexive aspects. For more information about the residencies, please visit: http://writingsoundbergen.wordpress.com

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PROGRAM
Saturday 26 November

11.00-11.30

Smarginature
Introduction by Daniela Cascella and Natasha Soobramanien
11.30-13.30
Miss Understandings, Indifferent Languages

Writing workshop on languages and misunderstandings, led by Cia Rinne

13.30-14.30
Lunch break
14.30-16.30
Radio Ferrante: the recording of a podcast
Join Cascella, Soobramanien and guests to discuss your engagement with Ferrante’s books and beyond

19.00
Reading by Cia Rinne

Touching, a reading performance by Claire Potter

Sunday 27 November
11.00-13.00

Reading Group
A performance-based workshop on writing and speaking around traumatic memory and desire, led by Claire Potter

13.00-14.00
Lunch break
14.00-16.00
Radio Ferrante: the recording of a podcast
Join Cascella, Soobramanien and guests to discuss your engagement with Ferrante’s books and beyond

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BIOGRAPHIES 

Ashaki M. Jackson is an applied social psychologist, program evaluator and poet who works with youth through research, evaluation and creative writing mentoring. She is a Cave Canem alumna, VONA alumna and co-founder of Women Who Submit. Her work appears in CURA and Prairie Schooner among other publications. Author of two chapter-length collections – Surveillance (Writ Large Press) and Language Lesson (MIEL) – Jackson earned her creative writing MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles and a psychology doctorate from Claremont Graduate University. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Bhanu Kapil is a British poet, who was born near Heathrow airport in 1968, and has lived permanently in the U.S. since the 90s, with great, ragged loops to and from India. She writes through the immigrant and the monster, and is the author of five books, all published since 2001: The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press), Incubation: a space for monsters (Kelsey Street Press: forthcoming in a new version), humanimal: a project for future children (Kelsey Street Press), Schizophrene (Nightboat Books), and Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat Books.)  She teaches at Naropa University and Goddard College, maintains a blog called Was Jack Kerouac A Punjabi?, tweets at @thisbhanu, and is currently writing a novel of pilgrimage.

Cia Rinne (Gothenburg, Sweden 1973) is a poet and artist based in Berlin. She writes minimal, visual and acoustic poetry in different languages, and collaborates on performances and sound installations. Her publications include the books zaroum (Helsinki 2001), notes for soloists (OEI Editör 2009), both published in France with Le clou dans le fer (zaroum et notes pour solistes, 2011) and as UBU Editions, as well as the sound piece sounds for soloists (in collaboration with Sebastian Eskildsen, 2012) and should we blind ourselves and leave thebes (H//O//F, Moss 2013). Works of hers have been shown a.o at Signal Malmö, the Turku Biennial, the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, the Grimmuseum Berlin, Den Frie and Overgaden in Copenhagen, at the ISCP in New York, and at INCA Seattle. She has also collaborated on documentary projects with photographer Joakim Eskildsen, their latest common publication being The Roma Journeys (Steidl 2007). Her new book including the recent series lusage du mot will be published by kookbooks (Berlin) in 2016.

http://afsnitp.dk/galleri/archiveszaroum/

http://www.ubu.com/vp/Rinne.html

http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Rinne.php

From North-west England, Claire Potter is an artist-writer, working with live, published and recorded text, installation and performance. Claire’s work addresses modes of speaking and reading, bringing considerations of narratology, affect and methods of articulation to the attention of audiences. Claire organises Shady Dealings With Language, an interdisciplinary event series for art and performance writing in the UK.

Recent and forthcoming works include performance CHAVSCUMBOSS, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool and Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, 2016; performance film Cast Metal Nut, and reading performance Like an idiot on a moor, both at White Rainbow, London, 2016; visual essay Lads of Aran, in Bodies that Remain: Essays on the writers body, Punctum Books, New York/London, 2017; and the visual essay Lads Rites, in Oxford Artist Research journal, University of Oxford, 2017.
Claire also collaborates with musician Bridget Hayden. In 2015 they released their EP Mother To No Swimming Laughing Child (FortEvilFruit, IRE) to critical acclaim and debuted their new project I am come from a place at Supernormal Festival earlier this year.

http://www.clairepotter.net

Hannah Black is an artist and writer based in Berlin.

Jen Hofer is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, urban cyclist, and co-founder of the language justice and language experimentation collaborative Antena and the local language justice advocacy collective Antena Los Ángeles. She publishes poems, translations, and visual-textual works with numerous small presses, including Action Books, Atelos, belladonna, Counterpath Press, Kenning Editions, Litmus Press, LRL Textile Editions, NewLights Press, Ugly Duckling Presse, Writ Large Press, and in various DIY/DIT incarnations. Jen’s online publications include poems at PEN America, a quilted poem and newspaper poems at Alligatorzine, translations of poems by Virginia Lucas and prose by Cristina Rivera Garza, and collaborative essays with Dolores Dorantes on the Harriet blog, with Sesshu Foster in The Capilano Review, and with John Pluecker on Jacket2 and The Volta. She teaches poetics, translation and multilingual writing, and DIY/DIT bookmaking and also does cross-language work supporting community groups in creating effective bilingual and multilingual spaces.

Juliet Jacques is a writer based in London. Her memoir, Trans, was published by Verso Books in 2015; her monograph on English author Rayner Heppenstall came out via Dalkey Archive Press in 2007. Her short fiction has appeared in Five Dials, The London Magazine, Litro and elsewhere, whilst her journalism and criticism has featured in numerous publications including Granta, Wire, Sight & Sound, Frieze and The Guardian.

Mg Roberts is a teacher, poet, and multimedia artist. She’s currently co-editing an anthology on the urgency of avant-garde writing written for and by writers of color entitled Responses, New writing, Flesh. She is a Kelsey Street Press member and the Northern California Kundiman Co-chair. She lives in Oakland with her three daughters, two hens, Goldendoodle, and geologist husband. Her second poetry collection Anemal, Uter Meck is forthcoming in 2017 from Black Radish Books.

William Poole is a geologist living in the San Francisco Bay area. He’s interested in vibration and the restoration of critical waterways. When not monitoring sound vibrations, William plays soccer and makes GIS maps. He’s married to the poet and artist Mg Roberts.