Radical Sounds

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2 March 2017 (18:00)
Beveridge Hall, Ground Floor, Senate House

Three sound artists have been commissioned to create works for a performance around this exhibition's themes of radical protests. Orlando Harrison, a musician, sound artist and radio producer, and radical poets Sean Bonney, and Nat Raha will perform work to complement and celebrate the exhibition and to explore the issues addressed within it. 

The Artists

Orlando Harrison

Orlando Harrison is a musician, writer, and sound artist with roots in radical conceptual art. 

He is known for his work with bands such as Alabama 3, Miasma and the Carousel of Headless Horses and Daughters of God.

He is producer of The Wrong Show, a surreal radio series on Resonance 104.4 FM. 

He has performed numerous sound works over the last ten years on Resonance Radio, Reverb Radio and at venues including Hag Night, The Horse Hospital, and Poltroon, a literary Salon which he ran for three years in Clerkenwell. His work is concerned with the human voice and its manipulation. He is currently artist in residence at Senate House Library.

Sean Bonney

Sean Bonney is a contemporary English poet. Writing from an anarchist tradition, Bonney’s work is by turns excoriating, visionary and apocalyptic.

His publications include Notes on Heresy (Writers Forum, 2002), Poisons, their antidotes (West House, 2003), Blade Pitch Control Unit (Salt, 2005), Document: hexprogress (Yt Communication, 2006), Baudelaire in English (Veer 2008), Document: poems, diagrams, manifestos (Barque 2009), and The Commons (Opened 2011). He edits the press Yt Communication with Frances Kruk.

He was a regular attendee at the Cobbing-led Writers Forum workshop. Together with other UK based poets his work marks a progression and continuance of the British Poetry Revival.

In Autumn 2006, he was a guest lecturer at the University of Roehampton. In Autumn 2011 he ran a seminar on Poetry and Revolution at the University of Cambridge. He is currently Professor of Poetry at the Freie Universtität in Berlin.

Nat Raha

Nat Raha is a poet, queer / trans* activist, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of Sussex, UK, working on sexuality and gender, critical theory and contemporary poetry and poetics. Her thesis is titled ‘Queer Capital: Marxism in queer theory and post-1950 poetics’. Her current research also investigates radical transfeminism, and race in UK poetry and poetics. 

She is the author of two collections and numerous pamphlets of poetry. She has performed her work internationally and her writing has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies.

Research Support Assistant for 'Cruising the 1970s: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures', Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland. Co-organiser of the Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK symposium, London, UK, February 2016; steering group member. Co-organiser of the Radical Transfeminism conference stream, London Conference in Critical Thought, London, UK, June 2015.

This event is part of the Radical Voices exhibition season which runs from 16 January - 31 March 2017. For more information or any problems and queries about booking please contact Senate House Library Events & Engagement by telephone on 020 7862 8417 or by email at shl.whatson@london.ac.uk.

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