7.00pm - Performance by Adrian Fisher and Luna Montenegro (aka mmmmm)
Followed by a Q&A with the performers and Nicola Simpson.
The repetitions and permutations possible within performance and ritual were always central to the practices of the artist and Benedictine monk Dom Sylvester Houédard. Working
with artists as such as John Cage, the Exploding Galaxy and Bob Cobbing, his work explored contemplation, language and sound. Join the artists Montenegro & Fisher as they reflect on pieces in the current exhibition, revisit their sounds and visual strengths, investigate dsh's ideas of translation, trance communication, abstraction and meditation.
Dom Sylvester Houédard (1924 - 1992), commonly known as dsh, was a Benedictine monk based at Prinkash Abbey, Gloucestershire, UK, who later became a pioneer of Concrete Poetry (Typewriter Art) and a cult figure of counter-culture 1960s London. dsh's artistic practice spanned across varying mediums, including works on paper, posters, artist books, magazines, written and abstract visual poetry. These 'three-dimensional' poems, known as 'Typestracts' were each made on standard A4 paper and typed on an Olivetti Lettera 22 mechanical typewriter. dsh also wrote extensively on art theory, spirituality and philosophy and he exhibited internationally throughout the 70s, as a key figure of the global Concrete Poetry Movement.
The current exhibition Dom Sylvester Houédard: Typestracts (26 May - 14 July 2017) at Richard Saltoun Gallery showcases a comprehensive collection of Typestracts produced between 1963 and 1975, anchoring his position as a leading visionary of the British 1960s cultural revolution.
Adrian Fisher and Luna Montenegro are artists and poets based in London. They work collaboratively under the name mmmmm, making performance, text, film, installation and sound. They are interested in ideas of ritual, presence and the collective. They work within the fields of visual and sonic arts and have shown their work extensively in the UK, Europe and South America. Their most recent show 'nothing is created nor destroyed' was held at AFA Gallery, Santiago, Chile (April 2017), and in 2016 they were in residency at an Insect Museum in France. They have been members of the London Biennale with David Medella, The Writers Forum with Bob Cobbing and were two of the founders of the infamous bobs cabaret. They have created numerous large scale multi media events, have made over 10 films under the collective mmmmmfilms and run a small press, 'One Night Stanza'. Their work has been published and reviewed by Writers Forum, Intuitive Projects, Crater press, Droste Effect, Poetry Wales, Errant Bodies Berlin, amongst others. www.mmmmm.org.uk
Nicola Simpson is a curator and PhD candidate at Norwich University of the Arts, researching ‘right mind-minding: the transmission and practice of zen and vajrayana buddhist method practices in the poemobjects of dsh 1963-75’. Recent curatorial projects on the work of Dom Sylvester Houédard include: ‘Performing No Thingness, dsh, Ken Cox and Li Yuan Chia’, East Gallery, NUA, (2016), ‘The Cosmic Typewriter, The Life & Work of Dom Sylvester Houédard’, at The South London Gallery, (2012), ‘The Yoga of Concrete’, The Gallery, NUA, (2010). She is editor of The Cosmic Typewriter: The Life and Work of Dom Sylvester Houédard, Occasional Papers, (2012) and has practiced with the New Kadampa Buddhist Tradition for twenty years.
The brand new catalogue co-published with Ridinghouse will be available for purchase throughout the evening.