Free event – register here
Wed 9 March, 7pm
180 North Gower Street
What gets gained or lost in translation between different artforms, genres and languages? How do makers and consumers of culture find identity in a society where mixing-it-up is prevelant, expected even? We’re bringing together artists and thinkers with differing viewpoints to examine and challenge received ideas and cultural norms.
Rants are an Institute of Composing and Club Inégales tradition of lively debate featuring short speeches of trenchant views and incisive critique, which are then debated by everyone in attendance.
Speakers and debaters this evening will be:
|Dan Fern Award-winning graphic and multimedia artist as well as being an influential teacher, Fern has worked extensively across all areas of visual communication, including a set of postage stamps for the Royal Mail, posters for the London Underground, video and multimedia work for the Royal Opera House and Hamburg Philharmonie.|
|Caroline Maldonado A poet and translator, Maldonado’s recent publications include an anthology ‘What they say in Avenale’ (Indigo Dreams Publishing 2014) and ‘Your call keeps us awake’, (Smokestack 2013), poems by Rocco Scotellaro co-translated from Italian with Allen Prowle. She chairs the Board of Trustees of Modern Poetry in Translation.|
|Freya Waley-Cohen Composer Freya Waley-Cohen holds an Open Space Residency at Aldeburgh Music. She was 2013 Composer in Residence at Northern Chords festival, Sage Gateshead, 2013 Apprentice Composer with Orchestra of the Swan, is Associate Composer of Non-Classical and Reverie Choir, and will be a 2016 Tanglewood Composition Fellow. She is a founding member and artistic director of Listenpony.|
|Chris Meade A writer of digital fiction, comedy and songs. Meade is currently writing a transmedia novel (www.nearlyology.net) about how we live with who we nearly are, which comprises music, text, puppetry and animation. He is director of if:book UK, a charitable company exploring the future of the book and is currently taking part in the Academy Inégales programme.|
|Kirsten Irving Poet and translator Kirsten Irving is one of the co-editors behind collaborative poetry press Sidekick Books. Her own work has been published by Salt and Happenstance, commended for the Forward Prize and thrown out of a helicopter. She is currently working on her first solo poetry show.|
|Sam Britton Trained as an architect, Britton took up music full time after securing a recording contract as an undergraduate. Since 1997 he has recorded for several UK and US independent electronic music labels and performs internationally with his various groups, solo and in collaboration with numerous improvising musicians and ensembles. He often writes under his moniker Isambard Khroustaliov.|
|Miao Ye A poet and novelist based in London, Miao Ye was for many years a radio and TV presenter in her native China as well as lecturer of English literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University. She is author of Off the Mask of the Celebrities and director of the documentary film The Stranger in the Mirror about the life of transgender people in China.|
|Will Crosby Crosby is a Cambridge-based composer, musicologist, classical/electric guitarist, artist, and member of Sound Art/Installation collective, Gōshawks. He has received commissions from Tate, Kettle’s Yard Gallery and Paul Hamlyn Foundation and is currently taking part in the Academy Inégales programme.|