Howe Across Reading

DOCTORAL PROJECT, 2014 - 2019

BOOKS: TVÄRSÖVER OTYSTA TIDER / ACROSS UNQUIET TIMES (thesis); DET KOMMANDE SKALLET / THE COMING SHALL

OTHER PUBLICATIONS: THE DIFFRACTED DASH, collaboration with artist Minia Biabiany (2016); ACROSS and HOW ACROSS TRAVELS (2016), a part of SCRIPTED!!: 12 PERFORMANCES ON PAPER, ed. Trine Mee Sook, Mathias Kryger and Maria Bordorff

ONLINE: BLOG (info)THE PAGES (online platform for continuous publishing throughout the project)

EXHIBITIONS: AND AGAIN SHIFTS / OCH IGEN SKIFTEN



Howe Across Reading: Performing the Past is an artistic research project, within the field of literary composition. It is an inquiry into aspects of the histories and languages of New England, north eastern USA, and Västerbotten in the north of Sweden, with and through the writings of poet and literary scholar Susan Howe. The project looks at, and listens to, how sounds, times and spaces are generated in translational writing
 and historical reading and writing across geographies, religions, and literatures. Howe’s texts serve as a condition for the research, a means to navigate within archives, narratives, language based time-space. 

The project is concerned with aspects of power and performativity, in regard to historical languages and narratives, places such as the page and the archive, as well as medias and methods. The thesis work is made, and made public, in three formats and places – online (The Pages), in print, and in performance. Through working within and between these formats and places, possibilities of writing, performing and distributing history are investigated.

Howe Across Reading – Performing the Past is a doctoral project, it was carried out at The Valand Academy, Gothenburg University between 2014 and 2019. The project is in part financed by The Swedish Research Council.


Above, performance documentation: Photo by Andreas Kurtson, from performance at Moderna museet i Malmö, as part of Society Acts, Modernautställningen, Malmö, SE, 2014.
Below, performance documentation: Photo by Sarah Forbes Keough, from performance at The Poetry Project, St. Mark's Church, New York City, US, 2013.