discussion of his work by others
Philly Dog, Spanner, Hereford,
PULLING UP / QUASI QUEEN,
Emergent Manner, Spanner,
'Ring Shout', Equipage, Jesus College,
Winging Step, Spanner, 2000.
Woodpecker, Spanner, 2000.
Sojourns, Wild Honey Press, Eire,
WATUSI, Spanner, 2001.
VOLESPIN, Spanner, 2002.
GRAVITY, Salt Publishing, West Perth, Australia and Cambridge, 2004.
ENTANGLEMENT: The Gig, Ontario, Canada, 2004.
PLACE, Reality Street Editions, Hastings, 2005.
Stroll & Strut Step, Spanner, 2005.
Singularity-Stereo, Barque Press, London, 2006.
Allen's work may be considered in four clusters:
- Place (1971-1980): a development
in open field poetics, using processual and procedural production in
- Blood Bone Brain (1971-1981)
Performance and installation;
- The Art of Flight, Stepping
Out, Defamiliarising ...........* (1975-1989):
procedures, systems and the physical substance of language;
- Gravity as a consequence of
shape, (1982-ongoing): the poetics of spacetime.
Volespin, Root and Branch, videotape, Hereford, 2003.
GRAVITY SHAPES, Stem CD, London, 2004.
publications from 1997-2002 include:
'Notes for the Conference Contemporary Poetry and Performance', fragmente issue 7, Skegness, 1997.
'Aspects of Simulation and Discourse in Sir Edward John Poynter's Painting
Isræl in Egypt' 1985, Talus 9/10, 1997.
'The Poetics of the Complexity Manifold' Boundary 2, vol.26, no.1, Duke
University Press, 1999.
Topological Shovel, The Gig, Ontario, 1999 (including the rewritten 'Necessary
Business', 'Thumbnail Lecture', 'The Mathematics of Rimbaud' and 'Topological
'The Crisis of Spacetime', Living in a Material World conference papers,
Coventry University, 1999.
'Diligence and Dilemmas and Aspects of Work By Brian Catling: Sculpture,
Drawings, Prints, Performance' chapter in Tending the Vortex, edited
by Simon Perril, Cambridge: CCCP Books, 2001.
'Crowdout', Fulcrum issue 1, edited by Katia Kapovich and Philip Nikolayev,
Cambridge, Mass., 2002.
Textual Connectedness in the Work of R.B. Kitaj, ISSEI, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 2002.
Allen Fisher was born in 1944, and has been involved in performance
writing since 1962. A painter, publisher, editor and art historian, he
has produced one hundred and twenty-eight chapbooks and books of poetry,
graphics and art documentation. He currently edits Spanner, lives
in Hereford and London and is Head of Art at the University of Surrey
Roehampton. He has exhibited paintings in many shows including a one-man
show at York in 1993 and two-man retrospective in Hereford 1994 and examples
of his work are in the Tate Gallery collection, The King's College archive
and the Living Museum, Iceland. He continues to perform and write and
paint. The work Gravity as a consequence of shape, a long work
published in many smaller books and booklets, started in 1982, completed in 2005 in three volumes (GRAVITY [Salt, 2004], ENTANGLEMENT [The Gig, 2004] and LEANS [forthcoming 2008]).
allen [dot] fisher [at] mmu [dot] ac [dot] uk