Past exhibitions

Dawn Scarfe | 31-Aug-11 to 25-Sep-11

Dawn Scarfe
Afterword (2011)
5.5 minutes

"The words of a dead man
Are modified in the guts of the living"

A recording of W. H. Auden reading "In Memory of W.B. Yeats" (1939) is repeatedly re-sounded through a tenor viol strung with natural gut. The acoustic, resonant sound of the instrument gradually 'drowns out' Auden's voice during the process of re-recording.

The piece explores ways of reviving, extending and transforming the voice. It draws from the idea of telegraphy and Alvin Lucier's "I Am Sitting in a Room" (1969) as well as being a personal response to Auden's poem.

Thanks to the Viola da Gamba Society http://www.vdgs.org.uk/
and Bridgewood & Neitzert http://www.londonviolins.com/


A dedicated season of artists' books curated by KALEID editions. Twelve internationally acclaimed artists engage with the Saison Poetry Library's collection in a diverse programme of exhibitions, interventions, residencies and participatory events.

Prompted by the Festival of Britain celebrations, contemporary artists are given a rare opportunity to draw upon Southbank Centre's archives and re-consider British identity sixty years on.

KALEID editions represents 'artists who do books', advocating public library collections and an interdisciplinary approach to artists' books. Visit the Saison Poetry Library on the fifth level of the Royal Festival Hall to discover the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1912 in Britain.

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