Leah Lovett (Performance), with David Buuck, and a reading of a new translation of Leslie Kaplan, with Julie Carr, June 14, 2014

unnamedOn Saturday, June 14, at 7 p.m., Counterpath hosted performance artist Leah Lovett, with a reading by David Buuck and a reading of a new translation of Leslie Kaplan by Jennifer Pap and Julie Carr.

Lovett will perform Filter (2009), a durational (3 hour) performance during which an actor relays an audio stream from the Reuters news channel while drinking Scotch, vodka, brandy, and gin. Audience members are welcome to come and go, staying with the piece for as long or as short a time as they please. Lovett will also screen her recent film Feedback (2013).

Leah Lovett works collaboratively to make performances, videos, drawings, writings and workshops that explore the socialising fictions played out between people in cities and across mediated space. Her work borrows from other cultural forms like anthropology, human geography and most of all theatre, and engages strategies of camouflage, reenactment and ventriloquism. She is currently pursuing an AHRC-funded PhD, researching invisible theatre and spatial politics at the Slade. Leah is a founder member of art collective, TRIPOD, an active member of MATA (Motherhood and the Academy), and also works as a freelance writer and an arts educator in gallery, higher education and school contexts.


David Buuck is a writer who lives in Oakland, CA. He is the founder of BARGE, the Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics, and co-founder and editor of Tripwire, a journal of poetics. Currently he is performing with Abby Crain/LOOK, blogging on performance writing at Jacket2. An Army of Lovers, co-written with Juliana Spahr, is just out from City Lights, and SITE CITE CITY will be published by Futurepoem in 2014.

Leslie Kaplan was born in Brooklyn in 1943. She was brought up in Paris, France, where her father, Harold Kaplan, worked for the United States government. Leslie was educated in France and attended the Sorbonne, studying philosophy, history, and psychology. She participated in the 1968 political uprising while working in factories. Her first book, L’excèsl’usine, published in 1982, was praised by Marguerite Duras and Maurice Blanchot. In addition to her novels and autobiography, published in 2009, her work includes poetry, drama and essays. Her most recent novel, published in 2012, won her the Prix Wepler.

Julie Carr is the author of six books of poetry, most recently 100 Notes on Violence, RAG, and the forthcoming Think Tank. She is also the author of Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry (Dalkey Archive, 2013). A former NEA fellow, and the recipient of numerous awards for poetry, she teaches at the University of Colorado, Boulder and helps to run Counterpath.

Jennifer Pap [bio to come]