Goethe-Institut Boston
Friday, November 6, 2015

Non-Event, swissnex Boston, and the Goethe-Institut Boston present
An Evening of Text and Sound Poetry featuring


***Unfortunately, due to illness, Anton Bruhin is unable to travel and has had to cancel his performance. The concert will still take place and we hope to bring him to Boston at a future date.***

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 p.m. (doors: 7:30pm)
$10 / $8 members and students

Eventbrite - Text-Sound Poetry – Anton Bruhin, Antje Vowinckel, Swantje Lichtenstein, Marc Matter

There will be a reception with food, wine, and beer courtesy of swissnex Boston

November 7-10, Antje Vowinckel, Swantje Lichtenstein, and Marc Matter will appear in New York as part of the International Festival of Text-Sound Poetry, presented by ISSUE Project Room, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Goethe-Institut New York, and Wendy’s Subway.

Text-Sound poetry is a genre of spoken word poetry that emphasizes the sound of speech over textual meanings , often combined with the use of new media and technologies. The history of spoken poetry incorporating technology, from microphone and recording technique to sound effects and digital sound processing, is around 100 years old.

ANTON BRUHIN is a Swiss poet, artist, and musician. He is one of the world’s foremost experts on the Jews Harp, jaw harp, or trümli, and often performs on a specially designed electric version of the instrument, as well as on custom-built resonators, such as tubes filled with water. Since 1970, he has released a number of acclaimed albums of sound poetry and music, including Rotomotor, In/Out, and Von Goldabfischer on Alga Marghen. This will be his Boston debut.

ANTJE VOWINCKEL is a Berlin-based sound and radio artist. She studied literature and music (flute/piano). She has been commissioned to do radioplays and shows for a variety of public radio stations such as (WDR, SWR, BR) as well as for foreign stations and festivals (ZKM Karlsruhe, TESLA Berlin, Biennale Bonn, Prix Italia, Festival for Contemporary Music Alicante/Spain, Hammer Museum Los Angeles, British Council, Berlin, Humboldt-Lab). Her works have been broadcasted and presented in Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Czechia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Croatia, Portugal, Poland, Australia. In recent years, she has created also live performances (organ and objects), installations and video compositions. Her focus is on the musicality of the spoken word, for example in compositions with dialect melodies or in pieces based on automatic speaking.

SWANTJE LICHTENSTEIN is a writer, artist, and sound poet, who works with language, poetics, and sound. Lichtenstein studied philosophy, literature, and poetry, and received a doctorate in performative poetry from Cologne University. Her first book of poetry was published in 2006. She is a professor of literature and aesthetic practice at the Fachhochschule Dusseldorf.

MARC MATTER is a founding member of the group of artists known as Institut fuer Feinmotorik, with whom since 1997 he has published numerous sound recordings, an experimental film, a book and all manner of other trifles, as well as dozens of live performances. 2005 saw the publication of the anthology Feinmotorik Kompendium, an artist’s book in the form of a lexicon. His work Radio-Imitat, produced exclusively for Radio Arthur, was released on CD at the end of 2009. For Die 50 Skulpturen des Institut fuer Feinmotorik [The 50 Sculptures of the Institut fuer Feinmotorik], he received the Karl-Sczuka Prize for Works of Radio Art in 2011.

Marc Matter works as a media artist, musician and freelance curator. In 2012 he was a research fellow at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (NL). In 2013 he was the Edith and Richard French Fellow at the Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscripts Library at Yale University (USA), doing research on the sound-poet and publisher Henri Chopin and his publication OU.

After finishing a philosophy degree specializing in Husserlian phenomenology in the mid-1990s, writer and musician ANGELA SAWYER Angela Sawyer felt fully prepared to start astonishing audiences around the Boston area using her mouth, some broken electronics, toys & noisemakers. Impromptu squealing & gargling has become her specialty, and she’s released a steady trickle of small-run lps, cds, cdrs & cassettes over the years. She changes the names of her projects to suit her every whim, but longer running ones include Preggy Peggy & the Lazy Babymakers and Duck That. A recent lp release “A Short Visit To The City That Bleeds” is full of weird up-close intimate wordage and environmental activity recorded in and around a rental car parked in Baltimore, MD. Dennis Tyfus from the Ultra Eczema label says Sawyer is “the best living vocal artist”. You can also catch Angela doing stand up comedy around town, & she has been selling vinyl records in the Boston area for 25-odd years.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.

It is also presented with the generous support of swissnex Boston and the Goethe-Institut Boston