2015 (5.) slip stream — between poetics and poli­tics – impro­vi­sa­tion in Cologne, Tanya Ury’s article in English published online in Perfor­mance Matters”, a new journal in perfor­mance studies perfor­mance­mat­ters-the…, edited by Prof. Dr. Peter Dick­inson, Simon Fraser Univer­sity, Vancouver (CA)

Cologne has a well-estab­lished jazz scene that has devel­oped over the last thirty years around the Univer­sity of Music and Dance, the largest insti­tu­tion of its kind in Europe, and also because of the WDR (West German Radio) concert sessions at the Stadt­garten venue and WDR radio in general.

But a free impro­vi­sa­tion music scene, where rules that apply to sets are like­wise cast over­board while musi­cians harmo­nize together, has evolved parallel to the schooled jazz impro­vi­sa­tion milieu. This alter­na­tive scene also throws free jazz styles together with funk, rock, and New Music, but is less bound to acad­emic dictates. 

My involve­ment with the alter­na­tive scene of Düssel­dorf and Cologne, in the North Rhine-West­phalia area of Germany, started in 2011 when Stefan Nord­beck, a musi­cian at a perfor­mance evening I attended at the WP8 Kunstverein (Art Centre) in Düssel­dorf invited me to take part in a future session with impro­vised poetry when I told him that I wrote poetry.

The resul­tant unorthodox poems, which continued flowing during cancer treat­ment in the years following, when mind and body could not concen­trate profi­ciently or for long periods of time, were a compi­la­tion of words, thoughts that routinely run through the mind, usually discarded or forgotten, a stream of the uncon­scious, notated; or the sounds of words, onomatopoeia re-inter­preted, the meaning decon­structed; words read or heard more­over, misread, misheard, slips of the mind, word­play, poems that write them­selves and these all put together in series, so that a different sense might be intu­ited through the juxta­po­si­tion of lines that may never­the­less have been written on different occa­sions. In its style and inten­tion the poetry is automa­tique — it is a collec­tion of jumbled, abstract but some­times cogent ideas that reflect day-to-day life, changing moods and preoc­cu­pa­tions. With this prac­tice, it is possible to approach everyday social dilemmas from a poetic perspec­tive.

I describe the process of oral impro­vi­sa­tion, similar to the auto­matic writing of poetry.


Presen­ta­tion

2014 (9. – 11.7.) slip stream, short version of Ury’s article as skype presen­ta­tion, on the Arts, Creativity and Social Inno­va­tion panel, 2.304 pm, 11th July, at keep it simple, make it fast confer­ence”, Facul­dade de Letras, Univer­si­dade do Porto, Casa da Musica (Faculty of the Arts, Univer­sity of Porto, House of Music), Porto (PT)

2015 (16 – 19.4.) Tanya Ury presents a short version of slip stream — between poetics and poli­tics – impro­vi­sa­tion in Cologne, a paper about the poli­tics of impro­vised poetry, 11.15 am, 17th April, at the 7th Inter­na­tional Bet Debora Confer­ence of Euro­pean Jewish Women, Activists, Acad­e­mics and Female Rabbis Engen­dering Jewish Poli­tics – Redefining the Role of Women”, High Leigh Confer­ence Centre, Hoddesdon, Hert­ford­shire (GB)

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Publi­ca­tions & Press

Artist’s Writ­ings & Publi­ca­tions

2015 (5.) slip stream — between poetics and poli­tics – impro­vi­sa­tion in Cologne, Tanya Ury’s article published online in Perfor­mance Matters”, a new journal in perfor­mance studies perfor­mance­mat­ters-the…, edited by Prof. Dr. Peter Dick­inson, Simon Fraser Univer­sity, Vancouver (CA)

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