A b2b poetry Slam  in which these two artists entangle theirs poetries and find a new shared language.


Kotti Mantras is the first commissioned work of REIF’s Sonic Catharsis residency program for Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneve’s 5th floor.  The  inaugural instalment is a meditation on  the essence of sound through an  investigation of the human voice and its ability to complicate power dynamics with words. Deconstructing language through lyrical repetition, the work slips into a trance that progresses  into catharsis as artist Karl Holmqvist and poet duo Tabloid Press (Nat Marcus & Zoe Darsee) crescendo into a cacophony of meaning. In the fall and swell of Berlin’s infamous Kottbusser Tor, the work opens a portal that presses gently against the throat - imagining  a way to transcend the body.




TABLOID PRESS

Tabloid press is a textual platform initiated in 2014 by two poets, Nat Marcus and Zoe Darsee. TABLOID is intended to stimulate and integrate poetic environments within social communities.

press is a textual platform initiated in 2014 by two poets, Nat Marcus and Zoe Darsee. TABLOID is intended to stimulate and integrate poetic environments within social communities, “as a means of inundating our social community with a lyric and a kind of poetics that we thought is often thought to be highbrow or elitist, or overly academic.”


KARL HOLMQVIST

Karl Holmqvist is known for using a wide range of formats–poetry readings, installation, and sculpture–to bring out the primal qualities of language.He is one of a current generation of artists working with language and text as a sculptural or performative material. His aim is to spark the creative process in the viewer, seeing his art and poetry as a translation of the complexities of contemporary life. He blends poetry with pop music and his texts, composed of anecdotes as famous as they are diverse, explore the theme of communication and language.

Holmqvist’s recent one-person exhibitions include Centre d’Art Contemporaine, Geneva, Indipendenza, Rome (with Klara Liden), Kunstverein Braunschweig (with Klara Liden), Power Station, Dallas and Camden Arts Centre, London. He has participated in the Venice Biennial in 2003 and 2011, and Performa, New York in 2005, 2007 and 2013. In 2013 he received the Arthur Köpke Memory Fund Award.


Kotti Mantras is a coproduction by REIF and Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève for 5e.centre.ch
Sound, Poetry and Performance by: Karl Holmqvist, Nat Marcus & Zoe Darsee (Tabloid Press)
Director: Marcelo Alcaide Ass. Director & Edit: Pedro Antunes Sound Design: Zeno Mainardi
Camera Ass.: Robert Gruendler Thanks to: Richard Kennedy & Andrea Bellini








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