Projects

Current | Recent

by Leah Fusco

 

The Old Weird Albion
A book of journeys into the foggy underculture of the South Downs Way in search of memory, healing and another way of life. Forthcoming from Penned in the Margins press in the autumn of 2016.

 

 

southend quenn vi statue & pier anon printedPublic Record: Estuary
Documentary poems written from 19th-century reports of sea disasters in the Thames Estuary near Southend and Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, and experienced as audio performances on a walk around Leigh. Debuted 2013 in Shorelines festival of Literature of the sea. Official relaunch, with new performances, as part of the Estuary Festival, September, 2016.

 

IMSLI DoorI Made Some Low Inquiries

A poetry sequence inspired by the ballads of Ozark folk singer Almeda Riddle, re-sited into the landscape of the Essex/Suffolk border. Debuted at 2015 Spill Festival of Performance; CD/book from Eighth Climate audio press (sold out); download from Jackdaw Shivers via bandcamp.

 

 

Past | Ongoing

Pastoral Noir: new English landscapesTessa 1

A 2016 exhibition at Pittsburgh’s Wood Street Galleries of contemporary British landscape artists. Pastoral Noir features artists working in new, immersive examinations of the sublime and the picturesque, within and beyond the British landscape tradition: Corbel Stone Press, Tessa Farmer, Jem Finer, Ghost Box Records, Tony Heywood & Alison Condie and Superconductor.

 

Edgelands and Outliers

A course for writers and artists, held in the galleries at Tate Britain, exploring new takes on traditional ideas in British landscape art and writing – from Constable and Wordsworth to Tessa Farmer and Sukhdev Sandhu.

 

 

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Fourth River: Ley Line
An audio poem cycle of and about Pittsburgh and its South Oakland neighborhood. Released as an album download. Includes music by The Belbury Poly & Host Skull, artwork by Lisa Toboz, and poems read by Justin Hopper and Shirley Collins.

 

Imagining the Landscape
A five-week course at Tate Britain looking the British landscape through the lens of contemporary psychogeographers and new-nature writers, using the Tate’s collections to explore how societal changes are reflected in artists’ imagination of our environment.

 

 

The City & the City: Artwork by London Writers
A show of cross-disciplinary artwork by writers whose work examines the idea of “the city” in modern, placeless life. Included Caroline Bergvall, Rod Dickinson & Tom McCarthy, Rachel Lichtenstein, Chris Petit & Iain Sinclair, and Sukhdev Sandhu. Curated by Justin Hopper.

 

Ley Line broadLey Line at Assemble Gallery
An artist-curated show of work created from a series of conceptual walks across Pittsburgh’s South Oakland neighborhood. Included Ashley Andrykovitch, Nina Marie Barbuto, David Bernabo & Host Skull, Justin Hopper, Anne Roecklein, Lisa Toboz, and Emily Walley. Curated by Justin Hopper & Emily Walley.

 

Public Record: Pittsburgh
Documentary poems written from 19th-century Pittsburgh crime reports and experienced as audio performances in the sites of the original events via mobile phone.

 

 

Public Record: Pittsburgh (book)
The handmade book of Public Record’s poems includes original illustrations by seven Pittsburgh artists, ‘tipped-in’ as individual prints.

 

 

These Golden Legends
A poem cycle written about, and performed amongst, the murals painted in 1937/1941 by artist Maxo Vanka at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale, PA.

 

 

Acts of Enclosure
Work about cultural fragmentation and the forced obsolescence of the public sphere, created through the Dislocations series of live and online conversations.

 

 

Music | Audio Works
A chronology of music projects and other audio-based works, including lots of free downloads.