Make Perhaps This Out Sense of Can You: A Symposium on Bob Cobbing

Bob Cobbing reading 'Are Your Children Safe in the Sea' c.1966-1972. Photograph: John Bennett

21 May 2015

10am to 6pm

 
Bob Cobbing (1920-2002) was a sound, concrete and visual poet, best known for his performed works in which language was anarchically stretched through shouts and hisses, interspersed between more recognisable tracts of spoken word. He was also a prolific organiser and collaborator: one of the founders of the London Filmmakers Co-op in the 1960s, manager of Better Books from 1965-7, and his imprint Writers Forum was amongst the first in the UK to publish works by John Cage and Allen Ginsberg.
 
Make Perhaps This Out Sense of Can You contextualises Cobbing’s work as a poet as well as looking at his legacy as an organiser. The day is built around concerns that continue to be relevant today, such as the value of artist-led publishing initiatives, the productive qualities of an archive, the role of regional arts centres, and the intersections between art, literature and music.
 
Programme:
10.00 - 10.30Registration
10.30 - 11.00Introduction: William Cobbing and Rosie Cooper
 
11.00 - 11:30Robert Sheppard: We are both: a collage of writings about and for Bob Cobbing: autrebiography, unwritings, poems, critical articles, stuff
11.30 - 11.40Discussion
 
11:40 - 12:00Holly Pester: Low Loom Bleep Bleep: a drifting off at work song
 
12:00 - 12:30Fiona Becket: The Poetics of the Machine: the example of Bob Cobbing
12.30 - 12.40Discussion
 
12:40 - 13:00
 
Oscar Gaynor and Henrik Heinonen performance
13:00 - 14:00
 
Lunch
14:00 - 14:30
 
Steve Willey: Poetry is not about death, dying only: The Event as a Mechanism of Survival in the Work of Bob Cobbing
14:30 - 14:40
 
Discussion
14:40 - 15:05Holly Antrum: Catalogue (2014) film. Introduction and screening
15:05 - 15:20
 
Coffee
15:20 - 16:15Archive Bob Cobbing: Gustavo Grandal Montero, Karen Di Franco and Will Holder. Chaired by Rosie Cooper
16:15 - 17:00David Toop. Playing and talking about recordings, including The Judith Poem, Soma and Breathe
17:00 - 18.00Drinks reception
 
 
Make Perhaps This Out Sense of Can You is programmed by William Cobbing and Rosie Cooper and presented by Camberwell, Chelsea & Wimbledon (CCW) Graduate School.
 
**Free and open to all.  Booking essential**
 
The symposium will coincide with the Raven Row event Bob Cobbiiiiiiiiing Live, an evening celebrating the work of Bob Cobbing, with performances by Brian Catling, Beth Collar, Hannah Silva and David Toop, among others.  Wednesday 20 May, 6.30pm. Please reserve your place here