Neil Davidson & Arild Vange -
This text is a transcription of a conversation between Arild Vange, a Norwegian poet and translator and Neil Davidson, a guitar player and composer. Arild’s work is concerned with finding ways of incorporating listening into the formal process of making his poems and associated texts. He also works as a translator (from German to Norwegian) and has translated writing by Geor Trakl, Peter Waterhouse, Yoko Tawada, Franz Kafka, Thomas Kling and Anja Utler. Neil composes pieces that have little content but lots of form. He also improvises and writes. Their mutual interest in improvisation coincided with reading Emmanuel Levina’s books about the ethics of the encounter with the other. Arild’s last published work annerledes enn, included a CD of the two performing together.
In October 2010 Arild and Neil embarked on a tour of high schools in the Trondelag area of Norway. Their presentations consisted of an improvisation using text and sound and a conversation with the students about what they had just heard. Around that time they were also developing a theatre performance in collaboration with five other Norwegian artists. The conversation took place in Arild’s house in Trondheim.
This pamphlet has been published as part of the exhibition Thinking Ourselves in Existence, curated by Psykick Dancehall and Jon Marshall, at CCA, Glasgow, February 2014
Publisher: CCA/Psykick Dancehall
Dimensions: 240 x 158 mm