Hollis Frampton: Zorns Lemma (1970)

On Thursday night, it was a pleasure to follow the final residency session in the Study and the last of our March Workshops with a chance to view Hollis Frampton‘s 1970 film Zorns Lemma, projected on 16mm on a big screen in The Space.  Frampton is widely regarded as one of the key figures in American underground … Continue reading

Robert Holcombe in Burton on Trent

  As something of an aside to the Write Here residency, I’d passed a group of framed Robert Holcombe collages to the artist and curator Julian Hughes for installation in a pub on Station Street as part of Burton on Trent’s contribution to the wider Format Festival taking place in Derby. On Wednesday evening I travelled … Continue reading

The Thread at Bilborough Library

On the morning of March 22 myself and Saima Kaur went out to Bilborough Library to present copies of a booklet featuring images from the workshops and the text written out of notes, artworks and conversations gathered during the four sessions in February to the staff and participants. A panel was installed in the library to display pictures … Continue reading

A Swim Against The Tide

On Thursday Jean Fisher gave a lecture on Jack Goldstein’s work in The Space under the title A Swim Against The Tide – a reference to his own 7″ record featuring the sound of a swimmer trying to push against the current of an ocean. It proved an apt heading, partly because during Morgan Fisher’s … Continue reading

The Thread

The Thread, as its title suggests, is a text woven together, produced as a response to the Write Here workshops held at Nottingham Contemporary and Bilborough Library & Community Centre during February 2011. Its form echoes that of the exhibitions by Jack Goldstein and Anne Collier from which we took our inspiration. Where those artists … Continue reading

March Workshops (Overview)

All workshops will be taking place in the Meeting Room  at Nottingham Contemporary from 5 – 7pm on the first four Thursdays in March. More infomation is available at the website, though these sessions are now fully booked. However, I’ll be in the Study from 3 – 5pm (ahead of the workshops) on all the … Continue reading

Final Workshop For February

This week saw the final session in the first series of workshops, bringing the sessions full circle with a return visit by the group to Nottingham Contemporary after an introductory session at the beginning of the month and two sessions at Bilborough Library and Community Centre making our own responses to Jack Goldstein’s Text Totems … Continue reading

Appropriations (I): Communiques from the Years of Revolt

Appropriations (I): Communiques from the Years of Revolt (1968 – 1971) These texts are only slightly manipulated, mainly to change names and other identifying details relating to the individuals who wrote them. Their originals were found handwritten on the reverse sides of postcards pasted into the album seen above, each text here transcribed from the reverse side … Continue reading

Sylvia Plath

On February 11 1963, exactly 48 years ago today, the American poet Sylvia Plath took her own life at a flat on Fitzroy Road in London where W.B. Yeats had once lived, following her separation from Ted Hughes, a spectacularly harsh winter and the return of the depressive illness that had periodically affected her throughout … Continue reading

Walt Whitman’s Butterfly

Thinking about Jack Goldstein’s Butterflies (1975) today, and something jogged in my memory – does Goldstein’s film perhaps allude in some way to the image below, in which Walt Whitman poses with an artificial (or preserved) butterfly supposedly alighting on his raised finger? The Whitman portrait fits neatly with the poet’s later image as a man at one with … Continue reading