What gets gained or lost in translation between different artforms, practices, 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. Free event.
Sam trained as an architect at the Architectural Association in London, but took up music full time after securing a recording contract as an undergraduate. Since 1997 he has recorded and released music for a number of independent electronic music labels in the UK and the US (Output Recordings, Temporary Residence, Domino and The Leaf Label) 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.
William Crosby is a Cambridge-based composer, musicologist, classical/electric guitarist, artist, and member of Sound Art/Installation collective, Gōshawks. As a composer and artist, William has been commission by organisations such as Tate, Kettle’s Yard Gallery, and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and is currently involved with the Brunel University-based Institute of Composing and Academy Inégales group for their upcoming 2015-2016 season.
| graphic and multimedia artist
Dan Fern is an award-winning graphic and multimedia artist who has worked extensively across all areas of visual communication, including a set of postage stamps for the Royal Mail, posters for the London Underground. His graphic work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona , Tate Liverpool and the Smithsonian Institute in New York, as well as being in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
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.
Christ Meade is a writer and a director of if:book UK . He is currently doing a PhD in Digital Writing at Bath Spa University, writing a transmedia fiction at www.nearlyology.net. Chris was Director of Booktrust from 2000 – 2007, running the Bookstart scheme and a range of book prizes and promotions, and Director of the Poetry Society from 1997-2000, where he set up the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden and the lottery funded Poetry Places project, described by Andrew Motion as “a modern miracle”.
Caroline Maldonado currently works as a poet and a translator, mainly from Italian. Recent publications include her own poems, ‘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. For the last 6 years, she has chaired the Board of Trustees of Modern Poetry in Translation.
Freya Waley-Cohen’s music has been performed by musicians including Orchestra of the Swan, CHROMA ensemble, Blossom Street Singers, Richard Watkins, Huw Watkins & Mark Simpson. Her music has been performed in the Sage Gateshead, Spitalfields Festival, The British Film Institute, Snape Maltings Aldeburgh, The National Portrait Gallery, and Kew Gardens. A Britten-Pears Young Artist in both 2014 & 2015, Freya is a founding member and artistic director of Listenpony.
Miao Ye | translator