Caroline Bergvall


1. Via


2. About Face


Notes

VIA (48 Dante Variations) is a compiled list of translations into English of Dante's opening lines. As archived in the British Library up until May 2000. 700 years after the date set for the start of the journey into Hell. The Journey was timed to start and end in 1300. And Dante's 35th year or so-called point of mid-life. Recorded and composed with Ciáran Maher (Summer 2000). The full text has been featured in CHAIN's "Transluccinacion" issue (Autumn 2003).

ABOUT FACE. This text started as a performance for the Liminal Institute Festival in Berlin in 1999. I had just had a painful tooth pulled out and could read neither very clearly nor very fast. Tape players with German and English conversations on the text were circulated among the audience. It took 45 minutes to perform the materials. For its 2nd showing at Bard College, I speeded up the tapes, transcribed the snaps of half-heard materials, and integrated these to the performing voice. The reading presented here took place in 2002 at the 2nd Anderson festival, Devon UK, curated by Nicholas Johnson. By now, it took 10 minutes to read. A version of the opening section is featured at the Electronic Poetry review #6 http://www.poetry.org/issues/issue6/text/cnotes/cb.htm Another short section is featured at the British Electronic Poetry Centre http://www.soton.ac.uk/~bepc/poems/bergvall_1.htm


Studio 111 & KWH recording & interview at the University of Pennsylvania, April 6, 2005

Kelly Writers House Reading:

  1. Cogs and Fats from Goan Atom (6:45)
  2. More Pets (1:51)
  3. Flèsh (4:06)
  4. Figs 1-4 from 8 Figs (6:45)
  5. Gong (3:22)

Studio 111 interview with Penn students, hosted by Charles Bernstein (41:15)


Segue Series Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, February 12, 2011
  • Complete Reading (29:21): MP3

Reading for Double Change, Paris, April 14, 2010
PhonoFemme Festival of Sound Art, Vienna, April 2009

Invocation (after Ingeborg Bachmann) [with Zahra Mani] (4:23): MP3


Appearing on Ceptuetics Radio, hosted by Kareem Estefan, June 4, 2008

Complete Reading (30:52): MP3


Reading for Double Change, Paris, May 23, 2007
Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics, Episode #143, "Sound, System, Performance," with host Leonard Schwartz, June 10, 2007
  • Complete Recording (29:18): MP3

SHORTER CHAUCER TALES (2006)

These four pieces by Caroline Bergvall use the rich and entertaining setting of Chaucer’s medieval pilgrimage of The Canterbury Tales for pointed or humourous commentaries on aspects of today’s corruptions, pleasures, and blindspots. The texts are written in a mix of languages and feast on a weird and ill-assorted Euro-lingo: contemporary English co-exists with French, Middle English, some lost Latin, some altogether untraceable words, while direct quotes from Chaucer interrupt the BBC and other sources.

  1. Party on: "The Host's Tale": MP3 (5:06)
  2. Banned in Poland: "The Summer Tale (deus hic, 1)": MP3 (2:52) Text published in Jacket #31 (Oct. 06)
  3. The Pope addresses women: "The Franker Tale (deus hic, 2)": MP3 (5:41) Text published in Jacket #32; see also note on text, from same issue.
  4. Love song: "The Not Tale (funeral)": MP3 (1:32)

Invited by Charles Bernstein and David Wallace and premiered at Fifteenth Annual Conference of the New Chaucer Society, Lincoln Center, NY, 28 July 2006. Co-sponsored by Poets House.

This recording: London, 22 Sept 2006.

These four pieces are the first four of an ongoing journey and other pieces are in preparation.

The Summer Tale, printed text, Jacket #31 (Oct. 06)



Rockdrill 8
  • Via: Poems 1994-2004
  • Rockdrill CD #8
  • Published by the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, Opic Nerve for Birkbeck College, 2005.
  • Produced by Colin Still. Used with the permission of Colin Still.
  1. Ambient Fish (1:43): MP3
  2. Doll (5:58): MP3
  3. About Face (8:19): MP3
  4. GOING (4:08): MP3
  5. 8 Figs (11:10): MP3
  6. VIA (10:02): MP3
  7. RIDE (4:38): MP3
  8. Rapid Eye Movement, Part 2 (6:19): MP3

Reading of Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Mont Blanc," from Romantic Circles Web, 2005

(Accompanied with music by Mario Diaz de Leon, "Pervaded with that Ceaseless Motion")

Complete Reading (9:17): MP3


Reading of Ambient Fish for Frequency Audio Journal, 2004 Issue

Complete Reading (2:52): MP3


A reading of About Face at the 2nd Anderson Festival, Devon, United Kingom, 2004

Complete Reading (10:17:) MP3

Text of part of the poem at Electronic Poetry Review and BEPC; working draft of poem at How(ever)

This text started as a performance for the Liminal Institute Festival in Berlin in 1999. I had just had a painful tooth pulled out and could read neither very clearly nor very fast. Tape players with German and English conversations on the text were circulated among the audience. It took 45 minutes to perform the materials. For its 2nd showing at Bard College, I speeded up the tapes, transcribed the snaps of half-heard materials, and integrated these to the performing voice. The reading was curated by Nicholas Johnson. By now, it took 10 minutes to read.


Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, Nov. 9, 2002

Complete Reading (28:40): MP3


A recording of Via with Ciáran Maher, Summer 2000

Complete Recording (10:00): MP3

Via (48 Dante variations) is a compiled list of translations into English of Dante's opening lines as archived in the British Library up until May 2000, 700 years after the date set for the start of the journey into Hell. The Journey was timed to start and end in 1300. And Dante's 35th year or so-called point of mid-life. The full text has been featured in CHAIN's "Transluccinacion" issue (Autumn 2003).


Segue Series Reading at the Double Happiness, November 18, 2000

Complete Reading (27:44): MP3


Caroline Bergvall on PennSound Daily


RELATED RESOURCES:
Caroline Bergvall in UbuWeb Contemporary

These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author. © 2009 Caroline Bergvall. Studio 111 conversation © 2005 Caroline Bergvall/Charles Bernstein. Used with permission of Caroline Bergvall. Distributed by PennSound and UbuWeb.