bruno neiva and I had a fantastic launch and improvised collaborative reading for Servant Drone night at Gato Vadio on Saturday 19th March. The event was filmed and will be available in the near future. We read the whole of the experimental text book with a break in the middle and took questions afterwards.
The audience were receptive, engaging and generous in their feedback, and took part in the performance with gusto! It was one of the best poetry readings I’ve ever taken part in and both bruno and I were very happy with the evening and with Bristol Porto Association for their support.
Gato Vadio is renown in Portugal as being an important cultural landmark for its promotion and support of experimental and radical arts, including cinema, poetry, writing and art. Xerox/experimental poet/artist Cesar Figueiredo and lsobel, who run the bookshop/gallery/performance space were gracious and generous hosts and this was the first time they had had a launch and reading of experimental work given in English. The shop is a well-known stockist of experimental literature and art, much of which is rare and hard to get hold of in Portugal.
We were given a stirring introduction by Rui Torres, who is Associate Professor at University Fernando Pessoa, Portugal. He is the Director of the academic journal Cibertextualidades, and member of several editorial boards and scientific committees of other Journals in the field of electronic literature. He is an author of digital poetry, having his poems published in several Anthologies (ELC2, ELMCIP) and CD-ROMs. He was the Principal Investigator of the project PO.EX’70-80 (funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation and the European Union), and is the coordinator of the resulting Digital Archive of Portuguese Experimental Poetry (www.po-ex.net), a member of CELL-Consortium on Electronic Literature. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Literature Organization. It was an honour to meet him and the three of us talked up plans for collaborative work.
bruno also had work on exhibition at Gato Vadio;