Syndicate is a unique initiative bringing together writers, musicians, artists and researchers working in, and in response to, digital technologies, new media and evolving network practices. It is organised by Lila Matsumoto, Jo L Walton and Samantha Walton, in collaboration with New Media Scotland and with the support of the Edinburgh Fund’s Innovative Initiative Grant.
Free entry – order tickets via Eventbrite:
Tuesday 17th December 2013, 6.30 for 7pm.
Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB
Sophie Mayer / Rachel Warriner / Matsumoto, Muramatsu & Morrison (& maybe more)
Sophie Mayer is a writer, editor, blogger and educator with a passionate commitment to arts and social justice. She is currently the Poet in Residence at the Archive of the Now (www.archiveofthenow.org), and a film journalist for Sight & Sound and The F-Word where she focuses on independent, experimental, and feminist films and film culture. Sophie is the author of The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love (Wallflower, 2009), and co-editor of There She Goes: Feminist Filmmaking and Beyond (Wayne State University Press, 2010) and Lo personal es politico, an anthology of essays on feminist documentary (INAAC, 2011). She has also published three poetry collections, Her Various Scalpels (Shearsman, 2009), The Private Parts of Girls (Salt, 2011) and Kiss Off (Oystercatcher, 2011).
Iain Morrison trained as a musician, taking a music degree as a choral scholar at St John’s College Cambridge and further composition studies at Bristol University. More recently he has mainly been writing and performing text. Joined by Lila Matsumoto and Atzi Muramatsu, this Syndicate is the first outcome of a new line of enquiry that sees him working with live instrumentalists in a more consistent way than at any time in the last ten years.
Rachel Warriner is a poet based in Cork City. Her works include the three-part simultaneous poem Primary (Default, 2009), the psychogeographic photo/text work Detritus (Dusie/Default, 2010), the poems of the high-speed anti-IMF protest Eleven Days (RunAmok, 2011) and her recent book length examination of amateur operatics Fine Lament (Critical Documents 2012). Her work has appeared in Cleaves, Dusie, Hi Zero, Poetry Salzburg Review, International Egg, Poultry Review and Default. She is also involved in organising the annual SoundEye Poetry Festival, co-runs small presses DEFAULT and RunAmok and edits the blog http://returntoDEFAULT.wordpress.com/
We’ve lightly and obliquely titled our events (“Degamify!” “Inappropriation!”) and many of those whom we’ve been fortunate enough to conjure have been generous enough to respond. Tonight is “Subsong,” perhaps bringing to mind that better-known word swansong, though what it means is either a subdued form of birdsong, without territorial pretensions, except in the matter of courtship, or alternatively, the developing song of young birds, akin to infant babble.
In some ways, things are coming to an end sooner than we’d have liked. But — as the de-territorialized fledgling life of subsong connotes — things aren’t really coming to an end. Watch this space. Watch other spaces. & here are some links to light you on your way.
Get your subsong on Twitter, obvs.!
@HixEros / Poetry Events: edited by Edinburgh’s Jow Lindsay (AKA Jo Walton) & Brighton’s Joe Luna
@MediaScot: New Media Scotland, our steadfast accomplices in this Syndicate monstrosity & the Bene Gesserit of arts and media in Scotland & beyond
Caesura: the rival reading series closest to the Syndikids’ restless & autotomizing hearts
& more: JA Sutherland on Edinburgh’s bountiful spokornucopia word scene
Scree Magazine, ed. Lila Matsumoto