POLYply 8

Abigail Child
has been a film and video maker since 1970. Her films explore mixed genres and strategies for rewriting narrative, as well as investigating public space through memory and history. Recently, Child has turned her signature vertical montage to installation, creating prismatic interruptive and haunting narratives at galleries including The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, (March 2006); Philosophy Box, New York City, (June 2005); Radcliffe Institute, Agassiz House (May 2006); and in Manchester, Leeds, Norwalk and Sheffield UK in 2007-08 as part of the “Dziga Vertov Project”.

Jow Walton is the editor of Sad Press. His books include Pox Rocks, On Knowing No-One, On Being Motionless, On Eating Nothing, On Waiting Forever, On Personal Flickering, (with Posie Rider) On Unfurling Parasols and Other Rosy Domes, On Randomness and Rhyme, (with Justin Katko) On Slavery and Fags, On Curving and Wideness, (with Jow Linsley) On Rabies and Sex, Rope: A Fiction, and (with Yolanda Tudor-Bloch) How to Find an Amazon Kindle in a Kinder Surprise.  He lives in Scotland.

Johanna Linsley is currently working on a PhD in Performance at Queen Mary, University of London. Her performance, text and audio projects have been presented by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Victoria & Albert Mustum in London, the Ontological-Hysteric Theater (NY), the Volksbuhne Theatre (Berlin), Humboldt University (Berlin), Queen Mary, University of London (London), Rhode Island School of Design (Providence), the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (Peekskill), and on WKCR 89.9fm. In New York, she co-founded the non-profit documentary arts organization UnionDocs. She graduated from Smith College.

Mark Dean has been exhibiting his video and sound works since 1992. These are distinctive in their use of modulated loops, based on fragments of appropriated film and popular music, and in their intense focus on human experience. He received a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists in 2009 and in July 2010 was ordained in the Church of England.

Sophie Robinson was born in 1985.  She has an MA in Poetic Practice, and is currently completing a practice-based PhD in Queer Phenomenology and Contemporary Poetry at RHUL.  Her first book, a, came out from Les Figues press in 2009.  Her work has been included in several anthologies including Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by Women in the UK (Shearsman 2010), Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (Bloodaxe 2009) and The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (Reality Street 2008).  She is currently poet in residence at the V&A.

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