"Uncommon Deities"

2012, sound cd ss022

The God of Sleeplessness
The God of Silence
The God of Smaller Gods
The God of Small Caresses
The God of Black Holes
The God of Adverbs
The Ruminative Gap
The God of Crossroads
The God of Tiny Islands
The God of Gradual Abdication
I Swallowed Earth for This

Last year's Punkt Festival played host to Uncommon Deities, an unusual confluence of talents and media. Walking into the gallery’s large space, visitors were greeted by a series of paintings by Atsushi Fukui that culminated in the striking, hermaphroditic figure in “The Botanist.” An audio installation by David Sylvian filled the space, and the opening night celebration brought poets and musicians into the mix: the acclaimed Norwegian poets Paal-Helge Haugen and Nils Christian Moe Repstad read alongside Evan Parker and Arve Henriksen, and their works were read in English by Sylvian, whose recorded voice was accompanied by John Tilbury, Philip Jeck, and Sidsel Endresen. The CD release of Uncommon Deities isn’t a document of the installation, but a reinvention: the poems and Sylvian’s readings are placed in new settings by Jan Bang and Erik Honoré.

Full details for this release may be read at www.davidsylvian.com/uncommondeities


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