Bob Jubilé is a year-long programme of displays and events devoted to the career and legacy of Bob Cobbing, curated by William Cobbing and Rosie Cooper.*
Bob Cobbing (1920-2002) was ‘the major exponent of concrete, visual and sound poetry in Britain’ (Robert Sheppard, The Guardian). His performances of printed sound poems involved stretching language through the deployment of shouts, hisses, groans, interspersed between more recognisable tracts of spoken word.
19 November – 19 December
16 John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU
11am – 5pm Wednesday-Friday
The first typewriter artist to find fame was Flora F. F. Stacey, with her butterfly drawing of 1898; but since the very beginning of the typewriter’s existence, artists, designers, poets and writers have used this rigorous medium to produce an astounding range of creative work. Join Barrie Tullet as he guides us through three centuries of typewriter art and special guest Keira Rathbone who will be live typing throughout the evening, demonstrating how this most rigorous and unforgiving of machines still inspires today.
Talk with Barrie Tullett (7:15pm) with live typing from Keira Rathbone (6:30pm) on Wednesday 24 September 2014 at the St Bride Foundation.
When in Miami earlier in the year, I was delighted to receive an invitation from Ruth and Marvin Sackner to view The Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry at their apartment. This is the world’s largest private collection of visual and concrete poetry and the collection contains 60,000 items celebrating Italian Futurism, Russian and Eastern European Avant Garde, Dada, Surrealism, Bauhaus, De Stijl, Ultra, Tabu-Dada, Lettrisme, and Ultra-Lettrisme.
Many thanks to Ruth and Marvin for enabling me see their incredible collection.
Below is a 75 minute documentary film called CONCRETE! made about the Sackner Archive by their daughter Sara Sackner, featuring art by Guillaume Apollinaire, Allen Ginsberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Matta, Bob Cobbing, Tom Phillips, Katharina Eckhart, Gertrude Stein, Ben Vautier and more, and with music by Terry Riley, Arnold Dreyblatt and more.
Further information about the Sackner collection is below.