DYNAMITE: a Saboteur Awards commission

And the winner is….

This year, 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’.

Here is the concept:

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.

We can’t wait for you to experience this at the next Saboteur Awards, which will take place on 27th May 2016 at Vout-o-Reenee’s, London.