The 2014 Audiatur Festival (Norway) will feature Jean-Marie Gleize’s Tarnac, un acte préparatoire among a batch of excellent, recent books of poetry and poetics, including Jena Osman’s The Network, Franco “Bifo” Berardi’s The Uprising and Cecilia Vicuña’s Spit Temple. Tarnac is just out in English–translated by Joshua Clover, Abigail Lang and Bonnie Roy–from Kenning Editions.

Audiatur receives financial support from The Norwegian Art Council, the Bergen municipality and The Free Speech Foundation, the festival does not provide a neutral context. It is expected that the national investments in poetry (an art practice which Franco Berardi calls «insolvent») will result in a greater good which subsequently accumulates economic wealth. At the same time this expected good is a result of a constant re-invention of the art forms themselves, and an independent, immaterial strive quite distant from the instrumentalized channels of improval [sic.] applied by society at large.

A poetry festival is a place where paradoxes and antagonisms of such nature are brought together. But it is also a place where people meet to talk, and join in on the contemporary discourse of poetry. With the seminar we hope to extend the surface where intellect and body touch, as well as highlighting the inner and outer framework of the cultural configuration we all belong to.


The seminar in November and the festival in April 2014 is curated by Karl Larsson and Paal Bjelke Andersen.

The Audiatur working group also consists of Carina Elisabeth Beddari, Cathrine Strøm, Thomas Lundbo and Martin M. Sørhaug.




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