Plantation and Thicket: a (double) sight reading of Sir Thomas Browne's 'Garden of Cyrus'

Leahy, Mark (2005) Plantation and Thicket: a (double) sight reading of Sir Thomas Browne's 'Garden of Cyrus'. Performance Research, 10 (2). pp. 111-122. ISSN 1352-8165

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This article was invited for the 'On Form' issue of Performance Research, edited by Dr Ric Allsopp. It considers patterns and structures as perceived by readers and viewers. Starting from an essay by Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), it links discourses of close reading with visual arts theory and film studies. The position of the reader towards a text is juxtaposed with questions of pattern and point of view. Contemporary poetic writing is examined visually, and aspects of visual production are considered syntactically. This research was further developed in a performance, 'from among the smocks …'. Initially presented at Dartington (November 2005), it used digital mediation and live action to present a movement between the textual and the visual, between word and image.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1080/13528165.2005.10871423
Additional Information: The issue of Performance Research in which this article was included was published jointly with the journals Maska (Ljubljana) and Frakcija (Zagreb). It led to a subsequent invitation to Leahy to contribute an essay, 'what is it here now I can persuade you of? scraps towards a rhetoric of poetry performance', to an issue of Frakcija addressing the theme of Rhetoric. (Frackija: Performing Arts Magazine, no. 37/38 ‘Rhetoric’; January 2006; pp 48-57; ISSN 1331-0100). Two further pieces were also requested for Performance Research: a collaboration with artist Teresa Grimaldi, 'Triple Cased Content' (Performance Research 11.2 'Indexes'; June 2006, pp 39-42; ISSN 1352-8165), and 'Ground' (Performance Research 11.3 'Lexicon'; September 2006, pp 64-65; ISSN 1352-8165). Both developed questions raised in 'Plantation and Thicket', considering how visual work may be described textually, and how materiality of language may be explored in poetic production. Poems drawing on the same research were included in a reading by Leahy for the series ‘Crossing the Line’ (London, May 2007).
ISBN: 1469-9990
ISSN: 1352-8165
Depositing User: Mark Leahy
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 08:14
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2023 13:13


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