DYNAMITE: a Saboteur Awards commission

The DYNAMITE commission: Abi Palmer

Sabotage Reviews is thrilled to announce that the winner of this year’s DYNAMITE commission is Abi Palmer:

For the Saboteurs 2017, Abi Palmer brings you ‘Nobel’: an interactive poetry game based on the legacy of a man who spent his life both creating explosions, and trying to correct them.
How will you look back on your own decisions in life? In this alternate reality, you are invited to step back in time and try your hand again…
What could have been? Will you end up with a Nobel Prize? Or just another stick of dynamite?
Abi Palmer. Photo by Andrej Chudy


Abi Palmer was the winner of last year’s Best Wildcard Award for her installation-live performance-interactive object AlchemyCome and experience ‘Nobel’ for yourselves on Awards nights, 13th May 2017.

A brief history of the DYNAMITE commission

In 2016, for the first time, we invited proposals from artists to create unique work at the Saboteur Awards. We received a number of high quality entries, and after much debate, we awarded the commission to poet and performance artist Sophie Fenella with a project titled ‘The Archive’. Sophie, along with poet Antosh Wojcik, wandered through the award in lab coats creating on-the spot poems from interviews with event attendees, there was also a collaborative poem created during the course of the evening. In Sophie’s words:

How can poetry document an event? Is it the writer’s role to record the event as accurately as possible, or is this an impossible task destined for failure? A live event will never truly be captured by text alone, a text can represent an event, but this representation will always be different from the original. Perhaps, it is the role of the poet to revel in the inevitable failure of accurate textual documentation, and translate the live event into poems that do not seek to record, but translate the event into metaphors, and images by which the event can be remembered. Combining live writing with improvisation techniques, this installation explores the relationship between poetry and documentation.

The year before ‘The Archive’, we invited the Ladies of the Press* to create a live print-version of the awards, including interviews, artwork, photographs, other texts, and the awards themselves. These were wonderful keepsakes for everyone attending.