Missing Riddles (website http://www.missingriddles.co.uk)
publications, broadcasts and live events
Millennium Collection, ed. cris cheek and Kirsten Lavers (Cambridge:
Object Books, 2000)
The Books, (things not worth keeping, 2002 - 2004)
'the church, the school, the beer' (1998-2002) 8 one hour street talks, broadcast 'live' on CB radio to Norwich School of Art and Design, with 'live' video, prerecorded video and sample triggers from street recordings forming an intimate interactive 'site'. This 'live' writing continued for InterAction as part of the Southwark Carnival May 29th / 20th 1999 and subsequently in Oxford, Ohio and New Orleans 2001.
'retrospective screen', things not worth keeping, a two week process-based installation / performance for Dartington Gallery March 1999.
'crowding' (1998) a three and a half hour 'live' internet webcast, commissioned by Bob Jaroc and Chris Dorley-Brown as part of torkradio from The Junction Multimedia, Cambridge. Fragments of this appear on 'Live Shit' a double CD documenting aspects of the entire 72 hour event.
'Tongues Undone' (1998) an integrated 'live' and mediated videotext-performance piece made with Sianed Jones and Martin Sercombe for the World Wide Video Festival in Amsterdam.
'mayday' (1997-8) - participatory responses to Election day in 1997 solicited in acknowledgment and critique of Mass Observation, became a 24 hour on-line performance with Kirsten Lavers (the construction and assemblage of a 450 page website as 'live' performance) one year later. Website commissioned and hosted by the e-zine 'var'.
'Songs From Navigation' (Reality Street 1998) a collaborative Book / CD project with Sianed Jones. Work from this project was performed for 'Writing Aloud' at the ICA in May 1999, programmed by Larry Lynch from Acts of Language.
'Skin Upon sKin' (Lowestoft: Sound & Langugae, SLCD0300, 1996) includes versions of 'Skin Upon sKin' and 'stranger' (with Sinaed Jones).
'stranger', several print versions; (Lowestoft: Sound & Language, 1996); Conductors of Chaos, ed. Iain Sinclair (London: Picador, 1996); Anthology of Twentieth-Century British & Irish Poetry, ed. Keith Tuma (New York and Oxford: OUP, 2001)
'Hot Hits' (1991-96) collaborations with Sianed Jones generated for a residency at New Langton Arts, San Francisco. Many other versions including 'Music Unlimited' Wels, Austria (1993); 'The Return of the Reforgotten' in the Albert Hall, London (1995).
'Skin upon sKin' (1992-96) multiple versions including SubVoicive, the ICA, Brooklands College, New Langton Arts (San Francisco), Norwich School of Art and Design, Cambridge Conference of Contemporary Poetry.
'The Jitters' (1982-95) monologue with voice-activated light. Various versions given, Performing The Word at B2, Wapping Wall (1982), for 'Laughing Stock' (Baltimore: Widemouth Tapes, 8624), Cafe Gallery, Southark (1992), Prema 'Time Being' Festival, Uley (1992), Nosepaint, London (1993). Video version commissioned and published by Grey Suit (Vol. 8, winter 1994). Radio version commissioned by Moveola 'Hearing is Believing' for broadcast during Video Positive (1995).
'Music of Madagascar' written and presented for BBC Radio 3 (1994) - SONY GOLD AWARD Winner for Specialist Music Programme 1995. Reworked for Resonance FM on the South Bank, June 1998.
'Cloud Eyes' (microbrigade, 1991) a Gulf War vernacular of solicitude.
'STREETS Paved With Gold - jars' (1989) at Chisenhale Dance Space. Multiple media solo show with live video, tape triggers, text and movement.
'Assumptions Table' (Sulfur, USA 1987) an improvised public talk collaboration at Chisenhale Dance Space with Steve Benson and Allen Fisher.
'm u d' (London: Spanner / Open Field, 1984)
'Night Pieces' (1981) an Arts Council Commissioned collaboration with Miranda Tufnell and Dennis Greenwood for Dance Umbrella at the Almeida Theatre. Other versions given at Riverside Studios, Birmingham Arts Lab and Dartington Dance Festival.
'a present' (London: Bluff Books, 1980)
'the other side of Steve Benson', cassette tape (Baltimore: Widemouth, 1980)
'first body of work' (London: Bluff Books, 1978)
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Cris Cheek is a poet-writer, artist and sound composer interested in interdisciplinary and hybrid poetic textualities/performances. Born in London he now lives in Lowestoft, North Suffolk, where he curates Sound & Language recordings and publications. Cris has composed, recorded and performed with many 'groups' including jgjgjgjgjgjgjgjgj . . .(as long as you can say it that's our name), CoAccident, Garam Masala (polylingual ghazals performed with with Samia Malik, Sukhdeep Singh and Sianed Jones) and Slant (cris cheek, Phillip Jeck and Sianed Jones). His writing has been, commissioned, shown widely, often in multiple versions and varying sites - frequently in collaboration with other artists. Much of his recent work has been on co-authorship and models of creative collaboration.
He currently works with Kirsten Lavers as 'Things Not Worth Keeping' (www.thingsnotworthkeeping.com). TNWK integrates a range of media in projects that raise questions about value. Cris has an interest in the boundaries between poetry and song, gathering a Sony Gold Award for broadcast work on song-poems used for healing in south-west Madagascar.
He taught on the Performance Writing course (1995-2002) at Dartington College of Arts where he was a Research Fellow in interdisciplinary text. He is currently completing a PhD in 'hybridising writing : through collaboration and performance' at Edge Hill, Lancaster University.
last updated May 14, 2003