POLYply 9

Peter Cusack, based in London, works as a sound artist, musician and environmental recordist with a special interest in acoustic ecology. Projects range from community arts to research into the role that sound plays in our sense of place. His project ‘Sounds From Dangerous Places’ examines the soundscapes of sites of major environmental damage.
He produced ‘Vermilion Sounds’ – the environmental sound program – for ResonanceFM Radio, London, lectures on ‘Sound Arts & Design’ at the London College of Communication and was recently a Research Fellow on the multidisciplinary multi-university ‘Positive Soundscapes Project’. CDs include ‘Your Favourite London Sounds’ (Resonance), ‘Baikal Ice’ (ReR), ‘Favourite Sounds of Beijing’ (Subjam).

Maria Fusco is a Belfast-born writer, editor and academic, based in London. The Mechanical Copula, her first book of short stories, has recently been published by Sternberg Press, Berlin & New York (2010). She writes for a broad range of international magazines such as: Art Monthly; dot dot dot; Frieze; Metropolis M, and has recently contributed to books including: Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism, Vancouver: Fillip & Artspeak (2010); A Manual for the 21st Century Gallery, Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Institutions So Different, So Appealing?, Köln: Koenig Books & London: Whitechapel Gallery (2009) and Hey Hey Glossolalia, New York: Creative Time (2008). Maria is Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is the founder/editor of The Happy Hypocrite, a journal for and about experimental art writing. She recently devised and organised Cosey Complex, a one-day event at the ICA in London, speculating on the possiblities of Cosey Fanni Tutti as methodology. She was the inaugural Critic-in-Residence at Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2008-9) and the inaugural Writer-in-Residence at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009-10). Maria is currently working on a novel, Sailor, about a vervet monkey and a Hi-Power Browning pistol, and on a screenplay with Austrian artist Ursula Mayer for the feature film Gonda.

Anna Lawrence is a poet, illustrator, musician, and current student of the MA Poetic Practice course. She has a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing and her interests lie in sound art, mythology, cartography, spatial theory. Her recent work explores the relationship between narrative and space, using sound and text. In 2004 she founded the Cavick House Cartography Society which aims to truthfully map and document areas of Norfolk where other previous attempts have failed. She is currently collaborating with landscape artist Henry Anderson Brown (http://www.henryandersonbrown.co.uk) to create a collection of site-specific words and images and is also in the process of illustrating a bilingual children’s book.

Johan Thom (b1976) is a South African artist currently based in London.  He uses video, installation and performance to create performative, material links between the human being and their surrounding environment. His works are often confrontational and darkly humorous, seeking to confound the viewers’ sense of space, order and stability. Thom has participated in numerous group exhibitions/ art-projects at venues such as ‘Performa 2010’ in Slovenia, ‘.za: New Art from South Africa’ at the Palazzo delle Papesse, Sienna Italy,  (2008), the Canary Island Biennale curated by Atonia Zaya (2006), the Belgrade International Theatre Festival (2006), the Rotterdam Film Festival (2006), the Venice Biennale (2003 & 2005). He has had a number of solo exhibitions including ‘Violence and Happiness’ at Iwalewa Haus in Bayreuth, Germany (2010). Thom is currently based in London where he is completing a PhD at the Slade school of Fine Art through a Commonwealth Scholarship. He is currently investigating materiality (understood in a Neo-Darwinian sense) as a framework through which to re-consider the relationship between artistic practice, the individualand our cultural-natural surroundings.

Carol Watts
lives in London. Her poetry includes Wrack (Reality Street Editions, 2007), chapbooks When blue light falls (Oystercatcher, 2008, 2010), this is red (Torque Press, 2009) and brass, running (Equipage, 2006), and alphabetise, a book of prose chronicles exhibited in the Text Festival in 2005, now an eBook (Intercapillary Editions). A new collection, Occasionals, is forthcoming from Reality Street in 2011. Her recent work also involves mixed media – photography, drawing and collage. Horrid Massacre: A Récit, a sequence told through shopping receipts, is currently online in part at Ekleksographia. In 2009 she worked with choreographer Kate Johnson and film maker Roswitha Chesher on a live voice/dance collaboration, In the Fold at the Laban in London. She co-directs the Birkbeck Centre for Poetics and is director of the Voiceworks project.

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