Caroline Bergvall: Oh My Oh My

Part of London Literature Festival

Internationally celebrated poet, artist and vocal performer Caroline Bergvall presents a new collaborative work-in-progress, specially assembled for Poetry International.

In Oh My Oh My, Bergvall explores linguistic connections and displacements through a mix of spoken poetic performance, musical composition, field recordings and lightwork.

Drawing on language material recently recorded in travels across Europe, as well as live recordings captured during the London Women’s March, Caroline Bergvall presents poetic variations for a world on the brink.

Using a distinctive and unique process of translation, sonic patterning and rhythmic repetitions, Bergvall weaves together a language-scape that stretches from Algiers to Reykjavik, creating a complex passageway of sound made by ancient, endangered, and new local languages.

This piece expands an ongoing body of work by Bergvall which explores issues of linguistic travel and sedimentation, as well as medieval love poetry, and shines a light on linguistic, cultural and political thresholds.

The event also features a discussion with linguist/scholar/activist. The work includes a live rendition from Bergvall’s recent Documenta 14 audio commission.

Caroline Bergvall, writer and artist of French-Norwegian background based in London, works across artforms, media and languages. A strong exponent of writing methods that emerge from multilingual, audiovisual and contextual concerns. Projects include poetic works, audio pieces, drawings, installations, and live performances. Recent acclaimed performances Drift (2014) and Ragadawn (2016), recipient of the 2017 Cholmondeley Award.

Caroline Bergvall concept, artistic production and live voice
Thomas Köppel lights and visual
Bill Thompson field recording composition
Sarah Gail Brand improvised trombone
John Wynne sound artist on the Documenta 14 work
Emma Wilcox project production

Funding and support from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, King’s College London. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

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Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1


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