WORD/IMAGE/ACTION Part one

WORD/IMAGE/ACTION Part 1 This event took place on Thursday 22 July at Shoreditch Library, London and was streamed live on PEER’s Youtube Channel. A panel discussion with publisher Clive Boutle, poet Beatriz Ezkieta, writer and art critic Gabriel Coxhead and…

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WORD/IMAGE/ACTION Part 1

This event took place on Thursday 22 July at Shoreditch Library, London and was streamed live on PEER’s Youtube Channel.

A panel discussion with publisher Clive Boutle, poet Beatriz Ezkieta, writer and art critic Gabriel Coxhead and poet and translator Stephen Watts.

Taking as its starting point Susan Hiller’s film The Last Silent Movie (2007) currently showing at PEER the panel will explore ideas around endangered and suppressed languages.

Susan Hiller’s film The Last Silent Movie (2007) gathers together recordings of voices of the last speakers of extinct or endangered languages. Subtitles translate their utterances while the screen remains black. Neither silent nor a movie in the conventional sense, this work provides the framework for the audience to reflect on the speakers and the complex social, ideological, political or geographical conditions that may have prompted the loss of their language.

This recording was produced as part of Swirl of Words / Swirl of Worlds, an exhibition, publication and programme of live and online events taking place 4 June – 14 August 2021 at PEER and Shoreditch Library, Hoxton, East London.

About the Speakers

Beatriz Chivite Ezkieta was born in Pamplona in 1991 and has lived in China, Nepal, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Italy, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. She began to write poetry in Basque to feel closer to her roots and maintain an intimacy with the words of her childhood. The themes of her poetry are cities and their loneliness and the nomadism of our times. She lives in London.

Her books of poetry are Pekineko Kea (Pamiela, 2017); Metro (Arabako Foru Aldundia, 2014, translated into English as The Blue Line); Biennale (Erein, 2017); and Mugi / atu (Pamiela, 2019). She is the recipient of numerous prizes in her homeland.

Clive Boutle runs the independent publishers Francis Boutle, specialising in regional and minoritised European languages. Among the languages he has published are Manx, Sami, Occitan, Romani, Cornish, Frisian and Basque, as collections of poetry and as part of the landmark series of anthologies, The Lesser Used Languages of Europe. He is a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh.

Gabriel Coxhead is an art critic and curator. His writing has appeared in numerous publications including Art Review, Art in America, Art Quarterly, Apollo, Frieze, Modern Painters, Wallpaper, Time Out, and The Financial Times. He manages the Estate of his late mother, the artist Susan Hiller (1940-2019).

ARTWORK SHOWN:

Susan Hiller, The Last Silent Movie, 2007-8, clip of 20 minute high-resolution video projection, courtesy The Estate of Susan Hiller

Susan Hiller, Lost and Found, 2016, stills of 30 minute high-resolution video projection, courtesy The Estate of Susan Hiller

POEMS READ
(All poems were read bilingually, in their original language & in English translation)

My Yw Genys Yn Kres An Mor by Yann Ber Kalloc’h translated by Mick Paynter, film by Alban Roinard, produced by Joseph Clarke, 2013.

People Like Us by Valts Ernštreits, translated by Ryan Van Winkle from Livonian.

Minotauroarenak (The Minotaur Speaks) by Joseba Sarrionandia, translated by Amaia Gabantxo from Basque

My mother’s scent by Beatriz Chivite Ezkieta

Selection of poems from The Blue Line by Beatriz Chivite Ezkieta,
Francis Boutle Publishers, 2021:

Rush Hour
The man looking out the window
Black beard
The man with glasses to the one in front of him

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