Visual poetry and encoded stories

The New Concrete (Visual Poetry in the 21st Century) was launched at the Whitechapel Gallery last weekend, with a series of films, readings and performances. Barrie Tullett who is joint programme leader here at Lincoln University, was invited to take part and channelled the spirit of Kurt Schwitters for his surprisingly poignant rendition of A Song For An Art School. On sale at the event was the book in all it’s glory – and it is a really beautiful publication. To obtain a copy The New Concrete is available from The Southbank Centre Shop.

In other news, Barrie also got a fantastic write up in The Poetry Magazine and it was featured on their website the Poetry Foundations reading list for July/August 2015 ‘Glass eschewed the term “minimalism” preferring to discuss “music with repetitive structures.” Tullett’s poetic ode respects that distinction by building a series of repetitive poetic structures composed from a limited palette of the non-alphabetic symbols / – + ( ) . = and * alongside X and 0 (I am unclear on the typeface if “0” is zero or the capital “O”). This limited palette, reproduced exclusively in black ink, builds from a minor repetition to a visual veil of cleanly executed curtains of notes.’ You can see the work in full on Barrie’s own website


Last but not least Barrie has been invited to submit some work to TEXTfestschrift at the Bury Art Museum, Lancashire. The exhibition will be themed around ‘the notion of constructing memory, using the material of language’.
One of the works deals with the translation of an experience into a ‘recording’ of the event that we keep in our heads and can no longer compare to the original – our memory relies on information being encoded, stored and retrieved, but that process in itself creates a version of the event that is altered in the manner by which it is processed. The Bury Art Museum has a fantastic Text Art Archive and so it is very fitting that Barrie’s work should be exhibited there.

Here is a sneak preview of Barrie’s work.



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