Sept 29: hestercap / letglock: diisonance ii
with Jonathan Mann, paul hawkins, Jude Cowan Montague, Matti Spence, more tbc entry by donation
As part of Steve Ryan & paul hawkins’ diisonance exhibition / events throughout Sept at The Gallery Cafe, St. Margarets House, 21 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PL, the experimental press Hesterglock Press joins forces with London-based poetry reading and discussion series Caplet to bring you an evening of collaborative poetries in dialogue. Exploring diisonance’s ongoing theme of miscommunication and chaos, six leading innovative poets will read specially-commissioned works, and then discuss their work. As is usual with a Caplet event, members of the audience will have the opportunity the ask the poets questions, and – who knows – perhaps also take part in the performance.
more info on Caplet here
and there’s a FB event page here
diisonance is a collaboration, part of a jigsaw, the genesis of which is shared experiences; Steve and paul met in the early nineties squatting in Claremont Road, east London at the height of anti-road protests, poll-tax riots and dissent. They’ve tried to piece together the past from the future, making sense of the ghosts that stay with them and the trust they offer one another clarify’s shared feelings of confusion and love for their entwined topics; politicised, faltering, broken and rebuilt many times over.
paul has written extensively on his experiences of squatting/protesting against the building of the M11 Link Road through east London, most recently in Place Waste Dissent (Influx Press 2015), which ‘plots the run-off, rackets and 90’s resistance to the proposed M11 Link Road; text experiments and collage from Claremont Road to Cameron. Memory traces re-surface the A12, words fight for space – and on occasion lose – against the images of police officers, residents, stilt walkers and emptied streets’. It also includes some of Steve’s iconic photography.
In diisonance Steve’s collaborative starting point is responding to Place Waste Dissent, with further memory travels and exotic imaginings. paul continues absorbing and responding to Steve’s artworks, and over time new psychological assemblages have evolved to pay tribute to the ghosts before they are laid to rest.