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Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets [Research Portfolio]

Collier, Mike (2018) Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets [Research Portfolio]. Book Chapter, artist, curator and editor of publication.

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Portfolio of work on a research theme. Comprises outputs:

Show/Exhibition: Collier, Mike (2014) Wordsworth and Bashō: Walking Poets (Dove Cottage, Grasmere, UK. 24 May – 2 November 2014).

Exhibition catalogue: Collier, Mike (2014) Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets. Art Editions North/ The Wordsworth Trust. ISBN 9781906832209

Book Chapter: Mike, Collier (2014) on-ko chi-shin. In: Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets. Kakimori Bunko, Itami, Japan, pp. 165-169. ISBN 9781906832209 [Essay for Japanese exhibition catalogue]

Show/Exhibition: Collier, Mike (2016) Wordsworth and Bashō: Walking Poets (Kakimori Bunko, Itami, Japan. 17 Sep - 3 Nov 2016).

Book Chapter: Mike, Collier (2018) (Re)envisioning the Anti-Urban. In: Envisioning Networked Urban Mobilities: Art, Performances, Impact. Cosmobilities Network (4). Routledge, London, pp. 72-84. ISBN 9781138712362

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Additional Information: These exhibitions and accompanying catalogues brought together and compared the manuscripts of poetry and prose by Matsuo Bashõ, William and Dorothy Wordsworth for the first time. Starting with the manuscripts, they explored the differences between Eastern and Western attitudes to nature in a series of newly commissioned interdisciplinary artworks by contemporary UK and Japanese artists. This work helped visitors to see these historic documents in a fresh light - to experience them as vital and radical work. A series of events, talks, conferences and activities were held around the show in both the UK and Japan (see ) including a weekend programme of workshops, walks, talks and other activities for families with distinguished artists, philosophers and writers including Timothy Morton and Mark Cocker at Dove Cottage (2014) and an international conference at Kobe University (2016). In Collier’s introductory essay, he describes the process behind the commissioning of new work for the show and concludes by arguing that it it is more important than ever that the poetry and prose of Dorothy and William Wordsworth and Bashõ is heard and understood in this age of climate emergency; and why, too, we have much to learn from the Japanese and Eastern approaches to nature. Following this project, Collier was appointed Contemporary Art Advisor to the Wordsworth Trust. This project was supported by ACE; HLF; Bath Spa University, Hitachi; Vantec; Ashi Simbum Foundation; Wordsworth Trust, Kakimori Bunko and Kobe Univertsity. Collier delivered papers about the research behind this project at Dove Cottage (2014) and Kakimori Bunko (2016) and has written about the project for Earthlines (issue 10 Nov 2014) in an article titled On-Ko Chi-Chin: Wordsworth and Bashõ: Walking Poets and as a chapter in the book ‘Envisioning Networked Urban Mobilities’ called (Re) Envisioning the Ani Urban (Routledge ISBN: 978-1-138-71236-2)
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Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2020 14:04
Last Modified: 27 May 2021 11:22


Author: Mike Collier

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