Counting Backwards is a new series of text-sound-performance events. It takes place on the first Thursday of alternate months. Counting Backwards takes place at Fuel cafe bar in Withington. The first event is on Thursday 3 June 2010.

Jennifer McDonald & Louise Woodcock preview

The third and final preview of the performers at next week’s Counting Backwards.

Jennifer McDonald & Louise Woodcock will perform as a duo. They are Manchester-based artists, and part of a collective artists project called Rare Experiments.

Jennifer is better known as a visual artist, and draws inspiration from significant cultural spaces. As she doesn’t currently have an artists blog or website we’re linking to some reviews of her work on santiago’s dead wasp: a mention of her work at Mill24, another brief mention of her work at Mill24, a link to the photo of Jennifer’s work in that post at full size, and finally a review of the Lost Language exhibition at Kraak with a detailed discussion of her piece there.

Louise curated the Lost Language exhibition earlier this year at Kraak gallery, and is one half of improvising noise band Blood Moon. Louise’s YouTube channel is here, and her artists website is here.


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The 1st Festival of Nearly invisible Publishing

Via David Berridge:


Events/ Actions/ Publications/ Writings are now invited for THE 1ST FESTIVAL OF NEARLY INVISIBLE PUBLISHING.

All festival events will be self-organised by participants anywhere in the world. Relevant forms of documentation and provocation (text/image/ sound/movie/other), should then be submitted to The Pigeon Wing gallery, where they will be displayed and archived as part of WRITING/ EXHIBITION/PUBLICATION, a month long residency and exhibition at the gallery by the art-writing project VerySmallKitchen.

There is no project brief beyond this document. We are interested in receiving evidence of whatever you feel should be part of THE 1ST FESTIVAL OF NEARLY INVISIBLE PUBLISHING. Please interpret this phrase however you wish. Critical and other essays are also welcome.

The full festival of the program will be published when it is over. A 1ST FESTIVAL OF NEARLY INVISIBLE PUBLISHING celebration will also be held.

Submissions may be made at any time during the festival. Advance notices of events are also welcome. Please send to, including a short 50 word description/ credits for the Festival catalogue.

Postal submissions should be sent to:


c/o The Pigeon Wing Top Floor (front) Guild House Rollins Street London

United Kingdom SE15 1EP

Please note that submissions of completely and/or conventionally visible publishing will not be accepted. There are other outlets more appropriate for such work. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

THE 1ST FESTIVAL OF NEARLY INVISIBLE PUBLISHING is co- organised by LemonMelon, VerySmallKitchen, and The Pigeon Wing.

Also added to our Calls for work page


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Becky Cremin preview

The second of our previews of the artists performing at Counting Backwards on Thursday 5 August.

Becky Cremin hails from Ireland by way of the world and currently lives in London. She has an MA in Poetic Practice from Royal Holloway University of London, and is currently undergoing a practice-led PhD ‘Investigating Contemporary Performance Through Poetic Practices’. She works in process and draws on traditions of live art, fluxus, performance writing and site specific work to construct a hybridity of practice which uses language as an object to expose, to investigate, to locate. She is a founding member of the poetic collective PRESS FREE PRESS, she regularly performs in London and beyond and her first chapbook Cutting Movement is now available from The Knives Forks and Spoons Press. Examples of her work can be found at

Cutting Movement is available from Knives Forks and Spoons Press for only £5 – or less if you take advantage of their 3 books for £10 or 10 books for £30 offer.

Video of a reading at at Openned in May 2009 can be viewed here.

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Electronic Organica on Friday

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Blood Stereo preview

The first of three previews of the performers at our next event on 5 August.

Blood Stereo is Dylan Nyoukis and Karen Constance.

UbuWeb has a huge number of their sounds.

There are also sounds at their Chocolate Monk site. Both Chocolate Monk, and of course UbuWeb are well worth taking time to look round.

Finally they are responsible for the Colour Out Of Space festival.

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The Other Room 18 – Wednesday 4 July

The next Other Room reading takes place on Wednesday 4 July (the day before Counting Backwards 2).

The Other Room 18 features Ben Gwilliam, Chris McCabe and Linus Slug.

The night starts at 7pm, and entry is free.

The Other Room takes place at The Old Abbey Inn on Manchester Science Park – 61 Pencroft Way, Manchester, M15 6AY

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Link added to film of THF Drenching

Our archive of sights and sounds from previous events has moved over to the right under the header Past events, just above our blogroll.

We have added a new page there called Counting Backwards #1 elsewhere. This has Steven Waling’s review of the first event, and a link to a 20 minute video of THF Drenching’s set, almost making up our failure to record the audio.

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Calls for work

You’ll notice in our page links along the top we’ve added a new page for Calls for work.

We will continue to alert you to anything we’re made aware of here on the front page.

For any artist the Calls for work page will provide a handy single location for recent calls.

If you have a call for work that you want to make then please contact us on and if it’s likely to be of interest to our readers we’ll add it.

The first call there is the call via Tony Trehy for a project on Luigi Nono, also below at

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Richard Barrett Sidings

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Also updating our old site

For those of you still linked to our old WordPress blog it will now automatically update from the new Counting Backwards site.



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