4 September 2020 - 18 September 2020
This September, artist Beatrice Gibson pairs six contemporary poets discussing the topic of love: CAConrad and LeAnne Howe, Alice Notley and Precious Okoyomon, and Ariana Reines and Sophie Robinson. This three-part podcast series makes sonic space in which these poets share, listen and respond to one another’s work, and features unique compositions by Crystabel Riley.
Gibson’s poetic reflections and citations on friendship, disobedience and love are at the heart of her forthcoming feature film, two recent films, I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead (2018) and Deux Soeurs (2019), and latest book Deux Soeurs (2020). In each instance, Gibson turns to the figure of the poet as a guide in times of chaos. What’s Love Got To Do With It? extends this entreaty by staging direct and explicit discussion between poets themselves. These conversations present lyrical responses to the current climate, find collaborative intimacies to inspire resistance and transformation, and share poetic knowledges.
What’s Love Got To Do With It? is programmed and curated by Beatrice Gibson and produced by Alannah Chance. It is a commission by Mercer Union, Toronto; Bergen Kunsthall; Camden Art Centre, London and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.
Episodes will be released 4, 11, and 18 September on the websites of Mercer Union, Bergen Kunsthall, Camden Art Centre and KW Institute for Contemporary Art and will be available on all main podcast platforms.