With writing and reading our primary mode of communication, with text superabundant and increasing at an exponential rate, and our consumption and production of it happening in the same medium, the implication of digital technologies on the literary arts is profound but as yet underexplored. Christodoulos Makris and Jonathan Mayhew have used appropriative writing strategies extensively to make poetry and artworks steeped in contemporary language use, with a documentary strand as well as commentary on the ubiquity of digital communication embedded in their work.
Join them for a presentation of poetic texts made out of material that already exists through a process comprising selection, framing and editing decisions.
Christodoulos Makris has published several books, pamphlets, artist's books and other poetry objects, including The Architecture of Chance (Wurm Press, 2015) - selected as a poetry book of the year by RTÉ Arena and 3:AM Magazine - and most recently Browsing History (zimZalla avant objects, 2018) - a document of his output as Digital Poet in Residence at StAnza International Poetry Festival 2017. One of Poetry Ireland's 'Rising Generation' poets, he frequently works at the intersections between writing and other disciplines, in 2017 receiving a project commission from the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In 2012 he represented Cyprus at Poetry Parnassus (London 2012 Cultural Olympiad) and in 2016 he represented Ireland at European Literature Night in Edinburgh. He is co-director of Dublin's multidisciplinary event series Phonica, and the poetry editor of gorsejournal and associated imprint Gorse Editions.
"one of Ireland's leading contemporary explorers of experimental poetics" - The RTÉ Poetry Programme
"a straw in the wind, a forerunner, in Irish poetry and Irish poetry publishing" - Harry Clifton, The Irish Times
"one of the finest poets, innovators and organisers in Europe" - SJ Fowler