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Chelsea Space, London
Viewable externally 12.05 - 30.07.21

p-  ool-   s  o-f   t-  he  ou- t-  l- ine-  s incorporates a score titled Knives (2017), collaboratively produced through computer and human reading processes. The score contains over a hundred versions of a short passage from Vampyroteuthis Infernalis, by the Brazilian Czech-born philosopher, writer and journalist, Vilém Flusser. The book presents a speculative investigation of the vampire squid to consider human and non-human life and in the passage Barham has extracted, Flusser uses the knife as a metaphor to describe how human reason cuts through the world. 

At Chelsea Space, the score is presented as posters, pasted onto the glass from the inside, trapping objects between the text and the glass which — together with vinyl images applied on the outside of the window — distort, annotate and punctuate the words. 


A reading-aloud group organised in collaboration with Irene Revell. Initiated in January 2020 to read Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans (1925) over the course of a year, the group is continuing with other texts chosen for their sonic qualities and duration. We meet online roughly every two weeks. If you would like to join us please contact for more information.

For the upcoming 3 sessions we will be reading Charges (The Supplicants) by Elfriede Jelinek (2013):

Wednesday 26 May, 20 - 22h GMT
Wednesday 9 June,
20 - 22h GMT
Wednesday 23 June, 20 - 22h GMT

LISTEN LIVE on Star and Shadow radio

Listen to previous recordings here


BALTIC 39, Newcastle - 10.06 - 31.07.21

Town Hall Meeting of the Air is an exhibition and broadcast programme conceived by Tess Denman-Cleaver and Kate Liston that thinks about the poetics of civic gathering and public political discourse.

Collaboratively developed since 2018 and throughout current social restrictions, Town Hall Meeting of the Air looks at how architecture shapes public gathering and language. The focus on the sensory and material experience of gathering, eulogises the silences, stutterings and physical proximity lost in digitally mediated togetherness.

Liston and Denman-Cleaver's text and installation draw from research into ancient assembly sites, abandoned parliaments, radio broadcast history and the experimental and politicised writings of Gertrude Stein. Town Hall Meeting of the Air uses these starting points, in the context of a global pandemic, to hope for alternative forms of collectivity.

The exhibition also hosts work by Anna Barham and collaborators Rosie Morris & Taryn Edmonds and James Newrick. Alongside the exhibition, a temporary internet radio station will broadcast a series of live events and archive content including performances of Liston and Denman-Cleaver's text The Hundreds, a 52 hour marathon broadcast of Anna Barham & Irene Revell's project They are all of them themselves and they repeat it and I hear it: A yearlong reading of Gertrude Stein's 'The Making of Americans', and recordings of the original America's Town Meeting of the Air radio show (1935-1956).


MIMA, Middlesbrough - opening 11.06.21

Including works by Sonia Boyce, Saelia Aparicio, Simeon Barclay, Anna Barham, Emma Bennett, Kev Howard, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Harold Offeh, Flora Parrott, Penny Payne, Alberta Whittle, Kenizzi Yamalimbu and works from the MIMA collection.





INTERTITLES: ed. Jess Chandler, Aimee Selby, Hana Noorali & Lynton Talbot

Prototype Publishing

Intertitles is an anthology of work situated at the intersection of writing and the visual arts. The anthology aims to explore their confluence and is conceived in response to a twofold observation: the increased presence of written, spoken and performed language in the work of visual artists and the simultaneous increase in visibility and circulation of the work and voices of writers in the visual arts arena.

with Fatema Abdoolcarim, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Bebe Ashley, Anna Barham, Paul Becker, Elaine Cameron-Weir, Adam Christensen, Sophie Collins, CAConrad, Rory Cook, Jesse Darling, Anaïs Duplan, Inua Ellams, Olamiju Fajemisin, Johanna Hedva, Caspar Heinemann, Sophie Jung, Sharon Kivland, Tarek Lakhrissi, Ghislaine Leung, Quinn Latimer, Jordan Lord, Dasha Loyko, Charlotte Prodger, Laure Prouvost, Flo Ray, P. Staff, Alice Theobald, Jesper List Thomsen.

foreword by Isabel Waidner
afterword by Vahni Capildeods
designed by Traven T. Croves

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