Upcoming and ongoing:
- 14 June-6 July: My Little Enlightenment Plays, a solo exhibition of texts, videos, sound pieces, performance props and costumes. At [ SPACE ] Gallery, London. Opening performance 13 June: My Little Enlightenment, performed by Sophie Seita with live electronic sound by Rhodri Karim. Partly funded by the Arts and Humanities Impact Fund.
- 21 June 2019: Roundtable on ‘Troublesome Monographs’ for British Association of Modernist Studies, 20-22 June 2019. Organised by Alix Beeston. With Jerome Boyd Maunsell, Amy Elkins, Helen Saunders, and Natalie Cesire.
- 22 June 2019: Transpositions, an installation for Art Night 2019, Francis Crick Institute, in the foyer (costume, artist book) and auditorium (sound and video installation), near St Pancras, London. Supported by Art Night. The installation is recommended in Time Out London.
- 6 July 2019, 4.30pm: Closing performance of SPACE exhibition, Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or, Paper Tigers, performed by Sophie Seita, Emma Attwood, Erin Robinsong, Jocelyn Spaar, Naomi Woo, Prudence Bussey-Chamberlain, and Simone Kearney.
- 3 August 2019, 7pm: Performance at Florens Cargo, Darmstadt, Germany, part of the 2019 Darmstadt Secession festival.
- 25 August 2019, 12-1pm: lecture on queer and feminist magazines for Radio Montez/SALT. Magazine launch at Penarth Centre in London, SE15 1TR or livestream online.
- 28 November 2019, Kunsthalle, Darmstadt, Germany: Performance of a solo version of Emilia Galotti’s Colouring Book of Feelings, for the exhibition ‘Bauhaus und die Fotografie. Zum Neuen Sehen in der Gegenwartskunst’ (Bauhaus and Photography: On New Forms of Seeing in Contemporary Art), part of the centenary programme ‘100 Jahre Bauhaus’.
- Spring 2020: inclusion in the group show ‘Women’s Art in Cambridge’, at The Heong Gallery.
- Ongoing: film version of Emilia Galotti’s Colouring Book of Feelings.
- Ongoing: The Gracious Ones, a philosophical ballet in parts (a text, an electronic opera, an album, a series of staged photographs) WORK IN PROGRESS
Recent readings, performances, and other events include:
- 15 June 2019: talk on queer avant-garde magazines for Strange Perfume, Book Fair of Queer Culture, South London Gallery.
- 10 Jun 2019, Cambridge Sociology Department: Talk on ‘Contemporary Avant-Garde Publishing Communities in the Digital Age’ for the Technology and New Media Research Seminar.
- 9 June 2019, 6-7pm: Permutation, Being, Flux, a participatory experimental music installation, curated by composer Jorge Gomez Abrante. Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, 9 West Road, Cambridge, Cb3 9DP.
- 11 May and 8 June: workshop with the Kite Trust (LGBTQ+ charity for young people in Cambridge), funded by the Arts and Humanities Impact Fund.
- 2 May 2019, 6pm: Beethoven Was a Lesbian, an homage to Pauline Oliveros, performance with Naomi Woo, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, part of The Queer Art of Feelings symposium.
- 1 May 2019: Lecture on Performance and the Magic Touch, University of Cambridge
- 29 Apr 2018, 1pm and 5pm, British Library, foyer: Plaiting, Knotting, Weaving: The Translator in Motion, a durational performance piece on the various (often invisible) tasks of the translator, with Jen Calleja (duration: ca. 20 mins; repeated twice).
- 8 Mar 2018: Out of the Air: Women, Creativity, and Intelligence Work, symposium at the Mansion, Bletchley Park, hosted by Natalie Ferris. Roundtable with Joanna Walsh. Book here.
- Nov 2018-Jan 2019: mini residency at Raven Row, London, with Gorgonia (Emma Attwood, Celine Lowenthal, Nisha Ramayya).
- 27 Feb 2019, 3-5pm: Hosting an artist talk by Raphael Sbrzesny, ‘The Performer as Interpreter: an Embodied Double’, as part of the Re- Network, CRASSH.
- 11 Feb 2019: Contemporary Queer Love Poems, lecture, Cambridge
- 9 Feb 2019: Keynote lecture, ‘Translating the “Blur-Print” in Uljana Wolf’s Translational Poetics’, German Studies Conference ‘Grenzenlose Möglichkeiten’, University of Cambridge.
- 28 Jan 2019, 1-2.30pm: “Some Sonic Meditations, after Pauline Oliveros”, with Peter McMurray. A workshop focusing on embodied pedagogies, new modes of listening and making. Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge. Open to students and staff across departments.
- 23 Jan 2019, 4-6pm, Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, Cambridge: Workshop ‘Re- as an Embodied Practice’, as part of the Re- Network at Cambridge. A workshop about practice-based research and research-driven creative practice on the theme of ‘re’. We will experiment with the suffix ‘re’, with repetition, with the concept of remaking or re-staging—through a series of embodied exercises using our voice, movement, and text. These exercises will draw on the singing method from the Lichtenberg Institute for Applied Physiology of the Voice, Feldenkrais, 5Rhythms, and Pauline Oliveros’s sonic meditations. In addition to practical exercises, we will have a roundtable discussion about our experiences of integrating scholarship, creative practice, pedagogy, and politics. Open to all.
- 10 Jan 2019, Raven Row: Desire Lines, performance project with Simone Kearney, which takes inspiration from and stages Sara Ahmed’s Queer Phenomenology through spoken text, sculpture, and choreography.
- 2-5 Jan 2019: Reading/Performance at Po-Ex Simposio Internacional de Poesía Experimental, Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile.
- 7 Dec 2018: Reading for the Cardiff Poetry Experiment, with Sarah Hayden.
- 4 Dec 2018: Reading/Performance in Sheffield, Centre for Poetry and Poetics, with Nat Raha, Nisha Ramayya, Lila Matsumoto. Organised by Agnes Lehoczky.
- 26 Nov 2018, 8.30pm, Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio: launch of a queer and feminist zine UN-TIER (published by E.W.W.)
- 22 Nov 2018, University of Cambridge, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, 3.30pm (open to the public): performative lecture, ‘Vulva’s School’: A F*cking Didactic Talk on Experimental Feminist Performance Art, or, How to Read’
- 14 Nov 2018, University of Cambridge, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, 3.30pm (open to the public): Lecture, ‘Contemporary Experimental Translations and Translingual Poetics’
- 7 Nov 2018, 6.45pm: ‘Drawing a Line in Poetry and Performance: Paper, Pencil, Metaphor’, a lecture-performance, at The Royal Drawing School, London. The performance lecture will take place in the 4th floor Drawing studio.
- Rapapuk 2 (Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK), conference, co-organised by an international group of poets, researchers, and activists, 26-28 Oct 2018.
- 25 October 2018, 6pm: Three short pieces by Alison Knowles, Shuffle Piece [Performers shuffle quietly onto stage and around the audience], Braid [Braid something], and String Piece [Tie the audience up with string]. Performed with Naomi Woo, as part of the event ‘Sound and Subversion in the 1960s‘, for the Festival of Ideas, Newnham College, Old Labs.
- 24 Oct 2018: Transpositions, a commissioned performance for Reproductivities, an interdisciplinary research project, conference, and exhibition on reproduction and feminist art; co-hosted by the Department of Sociology and the New Hall Art collection. More about the exhibition and performance here and here. From the event description: ‘Responding to the Reproductivities exhibition, performance artist Sophie Seita’s commissioned piece Transpositions will reflect on the concept and choreography of transposition, queer kinship, corn as a queer plant, ritual, the ritornello, and the cross-pollinating possibilities of flowery metaphors and of planting queer objects. The performance will include spoken text, choreographed movement, interaction with objects, as well as recorded and live sound. Concept, text, performance, music, dance: Sophie Seita. Costume and artist book design by Jasmine Brady. Creative development, live sound, and composition: Caroline Ophis. Dance improvisation: Sarah Kelly.
- 8 Oct 2018, 7.30-9.30pm, Yurt Space, Queen Mary University of London: Performance of From Vampyr (1976) and Reveille Dans La Brume (1977) by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982). In collaboration with Naomi Woo. Using spoken dialogue, projectors, tape recorders, choreography, lights, and analog sound. The work can be presented as a performance or a durational installation piece. Part of our Restaging Project, which takes the form of re-enactment lectures and performative responses to lesser-known female artists, writers, musicians.
- 8-9 Sep 2018, 12-6pm: Taking part in How the F*ck, with Teresa Albor and Katherine Araniello, Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, Level 5 Function Room, Green Side. “Submit to chaos at an immersive live art performance, led by Teresa Albor and Katherine Araniello, where who knows what will happen. A dozen artists turn up to create art, and you are invited to witness the results. It can’t not go to plan – there is no plan.”
- 17 Aug 2018, 7-9pm: Salon London hosts Sophie Seita in conversation with Amy Tobin. Venue: Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HT.
- 16 Jul 2018, 12.30pm: Artist talk on the theme of ‘Art and the Poetics of Praxis’ at SAAS Fee Summer Institute of Art, Berlin.
- 12 Jul 2018: Reading at Hopscotch, Berlin, with Wendy Lotterman, hosted by Siddhartha Lokanandi.
- 10 Jul 2018: Subsisters launch in Berlin, with Uljana Wolf, for the ‘Berlin New York = URBAN DICTIONARY‘ Festival. At Studio1 Bethanien.
- 7 Jul 2018, 8pm: Emilia Galotti’s Colouring Book of Feelings, performance, at Art Night London. Written by Sophie Seita. Costumes in muslin and reed by Kat Addis. Magister and Narrator costumes by Ciara Phillips (who was nominated for the 2014 Turner Prize), screen-print on canvas (2018). New music by r. karim. Co-performed with Nisha Ramayya, Jocelyn Spaar, Erin Robinsong, Emma Atwood, Celine Lowenthal. Projections by Simone Kearney. Video by Lanny Jordan Jackson. The event is FREE, but capacity is limited. Please register here. Installation: 6pm-12am. Performance: 8-9pm.
- 15-17 Jun 2018,Polyphonic Festival, University of Cambridge. Performance of From Vampyr (1976) and Reveille Dans La Brume (1977) by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha—in collaboration with Naomi Woo at Kettle’s Yard (15 Jun 2018, 6-7pm). Also performing in Dodie Bellamy’s play Turn on the Heat, and Kevin Killian’s Box of Rain (16 Jun 2018).
- 1 June 2018, 7.30pm: performance, Judith E. Wilson Studio, Cambridge. Other readers: Alex Houen and Nisha Ramayya.
- 15 May 2018, 6pm: opening of A Century of Little Magazines at Poets House, New York, fb event page here.
- 12 May 2018, NYC, Torn Page (435 W22nd St), 7.30pm: work-in-progress performance of Emilia Galotti’s Colouring Book of Feelings, with Jocelyn Spaar, Corina Copp, Sophia Le Fraga, Bridget Talone. With sculptural work by Simone Kearney and costumes by Kat Addis.
- 9 May 2018: Reading and conversation with Barry Schwabsky, John Yau, Diana Hamilton, Christopher Stackhouse, James Hoff, Matvei Yankelevich, for The Divine Joke, an exhibition inspired by The Blind Man, Anita Rogers Gallery, New York.
- 6 May 2018, 9pm: short performance of a few scenes from Emilia Galotti’s Colouring Book of Feelings, to be performed with Jocelyn Spaar, with costumes by Kat Addis and projections by Simone Kearney. For Emergency Eyewash, curated by Carol Shymanski and Barry Schwabsky, at 71 Ludlow Street #3A
- 24 Apr 2018, 6.30-8.30pm: ‘Marcel Duchamp, The Blind Man, and New York Dada: Institutional Critique and Editorial Practices’, conversation with Mary Ann Caws David Joselit, and Thierry de Duve, at The Skylight Room, CUNY’s Center for the Humanities, New York. Event description here.
- 16 Apr 2018, 7-9pm: Reading and Discussion on Multilingual Writing, Multilingual Translation, with Antoine Cassar, hosted by Jen Calleja, at the British Library; event page here.
- 9 Mar 2018, 7.30pm: ‘Making Light: In the Temple of Formidable Hypotheses’, Performance for the exhibition Reality Machines, curated by Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra at CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), Cambridge.
- 10 Mar 2018, 11.30am: translation panel with George Szirtes, Robin Kirkpatrick, Clare Pollard, and Jane Hughes, for the Magdalene College Festival of Change.
- 25 Jan 2018, 6.30pm,’Reading Fountain’, lecture performance for a special Dada event, at Experimental Center for the Humanities, NYU. RSVP
- 16 Jan 2018, 7-8pm: reading at Berl’s, Brooklyn, with Lucy Ives and Christian Hawkey.
- 12 Jan 2018, 6-8pm: Launch event for The Blind Man (UDP 2017) at Printed Matter, NYC. Event page here.
- 9 Dec 2017, 7pm/8pm: ‘Reading Fountain: A Lecture Performance in Two Parts’, for RA Lates: Rrose Sélavy’s Dada Extravaganza, Royal Academy of Arts
- 23 Nov 2017: Screening of Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or, Paper Tigers (abridged video), at Iklectik, London, as part of Xing the Line, with Paul Buck.
- 25 October 2017, 7-8pm: ‘My Little Enlightenment Plays: A Performance Lecture’, for the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, with an installation by Yates Norton, at the Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, Cambridge English Faculty, 9 West Road. Video trailer and short interview about the lecture performance here.
- 29 Sep 2017: Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or, Paper Tigers, performance, Bold Tendencies, London, supported by a Cambridge Humanities Research Grant. Performed by Vahni Capildeo, Prudence Chamberlain, Adrianna Liedtke, Celine Lowenthal, Nisha Ramayya, Sophie Seita, and Emma Stirling. Sculptural objects, set, and costumes by Anna Moser. Photos by Natalia Jaeger. Filming and editing by Tom Varley.
- 27 Aug 2017, 3pm: Performance at Arnolfini, Bristol, with improvised sound by r. karim.
- 7 Jul 2017: Performance of Emilia Galotti’s Colouring Book of Feelings (shortened version) with Erin Robinsong, at Parasol Unit, London.
- 27 Jun 2017: Reading for CB1 Poetry, at CB2 Cafe, Cambridge, 7.30pm
- 25 May 2017: Bedford Room, Royal Holloway, 11 Bedford Square, London, 7.30pm: reading for the Andrea Brady symposium at the ICA, with Andrea Brady and Robert Hampson.
- 9 May 2017, 7.30pm: Reading at Berkeley Books, Paris, with Jocelyn Spaar
- Cité Internationale des Arts, performance of Emilia Galotti’s Colouring Book of Feelings (work in progress), with Jocelyn Spaar, 8 May 2017.
- 4 May 2017: Masterclass for the Oxford Poetry Society, co-taught with Jocelyn Spaar
- 1 May 2017 (Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio): Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or, Paper Tigers, Research & Development Workshop, Cambridge, supported by the Judith E. Wilson Fund. My Little Enlightenment Plays (incl. Don Carlos and Les Bjoux) was long-listed for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers.
- 25 Apr 2017: Hi Zero Reading Series, Brighton
- Berl’s, reading for the US launch of Currently & Emotion with Uljana Wolf, and Sophie Collins, 16 Apr 2017, video here.
- Poetry Project, reading with Uljana Wolf and Eugene Ostashevsky, 5 Apr 2017.
- Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or, Paper Tigers, performance, presented by NYPAC, at LaMaMa Galleria. With Corina Copp, Constance DeJong, Lucy Ives, Wendy Lotterman, Sophie Seita, Ada Smailbegovic, Jocelyn Spaar, Bridget Talone, and props by Emmy Catedral. 30 Mar 2017.
- Reading and discussion with Uljana Wolf, at NeMLA, Baltimore, MD (25 Mar 2017)
- Segue Reading Series, Zinc Bar, NYC, with Uljana Wolf, and Lisa Robertson (18 Mar 2017)
- Poetry reading for ‘Entropics‘, a new reading series curated by Sarah Hayden, through the University of Southampton (Feb 2017)
- Reading for One Day Without Us, a national day of action in solidarity with migrants living, working and studying in the UK, at Iklectic (Feb 2017)
- Poetry reading at Queens’ College, Cambridge, Erasmus Room (Jan 2017)
- Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or, Paper Tigers, performance, NYC, Issue Project Room, with Corina Copp, Lucy Ives, Wendy Lotterman, Ada Smailbegovic, Jocelyn Spaar, and Bridget Talone. With props and set design by Emmy Catedral and a special guest-appearance by Cecilia Corrigan (Dec 2016)
- Burley Fisher Books, for the launch of The White Review 18 (Nov 2016)
- Hannah Barry Gallery, London (Oct 2016), for the launch of Test Centre’s innovative translation anthology Currently & Emotion (ed. by Sophie Collins)
- SoundEye, Cork, Ireland (Jul 2016)
- The Wash Bar, Edinburgh (Jun 2016)
- Center for Fiction, New York (May 2016) for the launch of The White Review 16, video recording online here.
- OPR launch, at Cabinet, New York (May 2016)
- PEN Translation Series, at KGB bar (May 2016)
- KGB Bar Monday Night Poetry Reading Series (Apr 2016)
- Goethe Institute New York, reading and conversation with Uljana Wolf on ‘Literature and Migration’ (Mar 2016)
- Ugly Duckling Presse studio (Dec 2015) for an event on multi-lingual writing
- Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop (Oct 2015)
- Philalalia Bookfair (Philadelphia, Sep 2015)
- Saint George’s Bookshop (Berlin, Aug 2015)
- Book Culture, for Cambridge Literary Review, 8/9, launch party (Apr 2015)
- The Multifarious Array, at Pete’s Candy Store/Unnameable Books (Brooklyn, Nov 2014 and Apr 2015)
- New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark (talk and reading, Feb 2015)
- Segue Reading Series (NYC, Jan 2015)
- Unnameable Books, Greetings Reading Series (Brooklyn, Oct 2014)
- WAVEMACHINE, New Haven (Aug 2014)
- SoundEye festival, Cork, Ireland (Jul 2014)
- The Serpentine Gallery (London, May 2014)
- Page Poetry Parlor (NYC, May 2014)
- Princeton (May 2014 and May 2013)
- Buffalo Poetics Program, Rust Belt Books, Buffalo (Nov 2013)
- Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, Cambridge (Jan 2013)
- and several events in the UK, US, and Germany
- invited two-week residency at The Guesthouse, Cork, Ireland (Jul 2016).
Recently curated readings
- Readings in Cambridge: Corina Copp, Holly Pester, Jèssica Pujol Duran (Nov. 2016), Jocelyn Spaar and Kayo Chingonyi (May 2017), Wendy Lotterman, Caspar Heinemann, Luke McMullan (Jun. 2017)
- Segue Reading Series, with Bridget Talone
2/6 Liz Howard and Lanny Jordan Jackson
2/13 Sandeep Parmar and Cody-Rose Clevidence
2/20 Myung Mi Kim and Joey Yearous-Algozin
2/27 Ian Heames and Kathleen Fraser
3/5 Lisa Jarnot and Lara Mimosa Montes
3/12 Aaron Kunin and Rae Armantrout
3/19 Dawn Lundy Martin and Rosmarie Waldrop
- unAmerican Activities, with Ian Heames and Luke McMullan. Readers included: Susan Howe, Peter Larkin, Abigail Child, Steve McCaffery, Allen Fisher, Wendy Mulford, Peter Manson, Sean Bonney, Lanny Jordan Jackson, Erica Hunt, Julie Patton, Holly Melgard, Wendy Lotterman, Mat Laporte, and many more.
Other past performances and exhibitions
- Paper Dolls, HD video, 3:29mins, collaboration with Anna Moser, New York, Feb 2015.
- Objects I Cannot Touch, commissioned and exhibited at Tactic Gallery Cork for ‘The Avant: Contemporary Arts Festival’, Jul 2014; and at Flying Object, Hadley, MA, for ‘The Royal Portrait Gallery of Hadley’, Mar–Apr 2015; at the launch party for para·text at The Montpelier, London, August 2015, and most recently at Bath Spa University, for MiX, an innovative conference about writing and technology.
- as would (Nov 2012), after (Jul 2013), rare birds (current), in collaboration with Emma Stirling
- as would, screened at Turning to Night, Le Petit Versailles, NYC, Sep 2014, Neue Töne Open, Stuttgart, Nov 2012 and at CineCam Short Film Screening, Cambridge, Nov 2012
- audio recording of ‘just pick a line’ played with live drums by Raphael Sbrzesny at Neue Töne Open, Stuttgart, Nov 2012
OTHER PERFORMANCES & EXHIBITIONS
- ‘Objects I Cannot Touch’ (audio piece), exhibited as part of ‘Monopoles’, an exhibition and series of talks curated by Emma Stirling and Yates Norton, at Ugly Duck, London, 28-30 Oct 2016
- Performance of Don Carlos, or, Royal Jelly, at Company Gallery, with Corina Copp, Josef Kaplan, Lanny Jordan Jackson, Holly Melgard, Luke McMullan, Yates Norton, Jocelyn Spaar, and Emma Stirling. Props by Anna Moser. 22 Apr 2016; fb event here. The play has since been longlisted for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers.
- Group exhibit ‘Atmospheres’, Roof Books, 300 Bowery, curated by Emma Stirling and Yates Norton, 19 Apr 2016.
- Extract from Don Carlos, or Royal Jelly, recorded poets theatre piece, exhibited for ‘Set Pieces’, at Dixon Place, NYC, Jun 2014
- Talk between Nudes, staged at Page Poetry Parlor, with Corina Copp, Lanny Jordan Jackson, Anna Moser, Luke McMullan, Yates Norton, and Emma Stirling, Manhattan, Dec 2013
- Talk between Nudes, exhibition with Anna Moser, at Page Poetry Parlor, Dec 2013
- 3,4 performed at Page Poetry Parlor with Lanny Jordan Jackson, and Emma Stirling, Manhattan, 2013
- Performed in Six Steps (by Emma Stirling) at Page Poetry Parlor, Manhattan, May 2013
- Director and choreographer with Emma Stirling, The Music Box (by Emma Stirling), Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, UK, Mar 2012; The Vault, Edinburgh Fringe, Aug 2012