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Image is courtesy of Bob Cobbing.

Image is courtesy of Bob Cobbing.

Image is courtesy the estate of Bob Cobbing

Concerning Concrete Poetry

Book Launch & Conversation with Kenneth Goldsmith

Sat 15 Nov 2014, 4-6pm, Clore Studio, Tickets From £3

Overview

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An event to mark the 2014 re-print of Bob Cobbing and Peter Mayer’s 1978 book Concerning Concrete Poetry, featuring American poet Kenneth Goldsmith in conversation with London based curator and writer Andrew Hunt. The conversation will be chaired by Rosie Cooper, co-curator of Bob Jubilé.

Concerning Concrete Poetry is a compilation of statements, manifestos and chronologies of concrete, visual and sound poetries, together with numerous illustrations and an exhaustive bibliography. It brings together historic and contemporary thought, interrogating centuries-old experiments with language, and the way meaning can be stabilised, destroyed and rebuilt through writing. Chapters include the history of the word ‘concrete’, semantic poetry and ‘concrete renewal’. It includes examples of works by Henri Chopin, Brion Gysin, Dom Sylvester Houédard and Emmett Williams, with related texts by Guillaume Apollinaire, Lewis Carroll and Man Ray, as well as precursors of the genre such as François Rabelais, Gambattista Palatino and Arabic Kufic calligraphy and the Cretan Phaistos disc dated c.1700BC. 

Cobbing and Mayer worked on the book throughout the 1970s and it was released as a limited run via Cobbing’s imprint; Writers Forum. This new edition is published by SlimVolume, and facsimile production by Fraser Muggeridge.  

Kenneth Goldsmith is the author of eleven books of poetry and founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb (ubu.com). He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive. Goldsmith participated in dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, Germany (2012). In 2013, he was named as the inaugural Poet Laureate of The Museum of Modern Art in New York.  

Concrete poet, organiser, publisher and printmaker Bob Cobbing (1920-2002) is best known for his performed works in which language is anarchically stretched and dismantled through shouts, groans and hisses. Intensely collaborative, Cobbing worked with many outstanding figures of theinternational sound and poetry scenes of the 1960s and 1970s. In the mid 1960s he was the manager of Better Books, London, hosting events as part of the Destruction in Art Symposium (1966), and using the shop as the headquarters of the emergent London Filmmakers Co-op, co-founded by Cobbing.

Andrew Hunt is a curator and writer based in London. He is founder of the Slimvolume imprint, the publisher of Bob Cobbing and Peter Mayer’s Concerning Concrete Poetry (2014). He was previously director at Spacex, Exeter (2013-14), director at Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea (2008-13), and curator at International Project Space, Birmingham (2005-08). In 2012 he was a member of the Turner Prize jury. He is the author of numerous catalogue essays, and contributes to publications such as Art Monthly,DomusFriezeMousse Magazine, and TATE ETC. 

In partnership with Bob Jubilé - a year-long series of events and displays that explore and present the legacy of Bob Cobbing, culminating in a publication with Occasional Papers. Bob Jubilé is supported by the Arts Council, Elephant Trust, Henry Moore Foundation, The Estate of Barry Flanagan.  




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