ERASE is a digital festival and conference on the poetics and politics of erasure.
It is a hybrid event, taking place online and on-site. It blends the festival and conference format to showcase commissioned video presentations of creative works, and to contribute to a critical debate on the theme of erasure. ERASE invites international guests to reflect on how the poetic, literary, and artistic practices of erasure relate to wider discussion on aesthetics, technology, and politics.
ERASE brings together poets, artists, and critics from Angola, Chile, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Portugal, Taiwan, and the United States. The participants include Florian Cramer, Tammy Lai-Ming Ho, Daniel C. Howe, Hung Hung, Raquel Lima, Bruno Ministro, Winnie Soon, Carlos Soto-Román, Juliana Spahr, and Fiona Sze-Lorrain.
ERASE is curated by Álvaro Seiça and designed by Manufactura Independente.
1 video launched per day at 7 am GMT+2
Screenings: Bergen, Norway
1 video screened per day at the Bergen Public Library, University of Bergen’s Humanities Library, and KMD: Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Day 1: Monday, September 20
Raquel Lima’s video launch reviewed by Bruno Ministro and Juliana Spahr
Day 2: Tuesday, September 21
Daniel C. Howe’s video launch reviewed by Florian Cramer and Fiona Sze-Lorrain
Day 3: Wednesday, September 22
Winnie Soon’s video launch reviewed by Florian Cramer and Tammy Lai-Ming Ho
Day 4: Thursday, September 23
Carlos Soto-Román’s video launch reviewed by Bruno Ministro and Juliana Spahr
Day 5: Friday, September 24
Hung Hung’s video launch reviewed by Tammy Lai-Ming Ho and Fiona Sze-Lorrain
Artists: Daniel C. Howe, Hung Hung, Raquel Lima, Winnie Soon, Carlos Soto-Román
Critics: Florian Cramer, Tammy Lai-Ming Ho, Bruno Ministro, Juliana Spahr, Fiona Sze-Lorrain
Curator and editor: Álvaro Seiça
Design and website programming: Manufactura Independente
ERASE is curated by writer and researcher Álvaro Seiça, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the University of Bergen. ERASE is a part of the project “The Art of Deleting.” This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 793147, ARTDEL.
The poets and artists Daniel C. Howe, Hung Hung, Raquel Lima, Winnie Soon, and Carlos Soto-Román present videos on their work that employs signs, marks, or techniques of erasure as a means of engaging with past and present sociopolitical issues. They weave together visual and literary forms of erasure in such diverse geographical and cultural locations as Chile, China, Portugal, São Tomé e Príncipe, Taiwan, and the United States.
In response to the artists’ videos, critics Florian Cramer, Tammy Lai-Ming Ho, Bruno Ministro, Juliana Spahr, and Fiona Sze-Lorrain deliver short reviews for the event website.
Who responds to whom?
Florian Cramer and Fiona Sze-Lorrain respond to Daniel C. Howe.
Tammy Lai-Ming Ho and Fiona Sze-Lorrain respond to Hung Hung.
Bruno Ministro and Juliana Spahr respond to Raquel Lima and Carlos Soto-Román.
Florian Cramer and Tammy Lai-Ming Ho respond to Winnie Soon.
The main goal of this pairing of artists with critics is to articulate different perspectives, and to foster comparative analysis at the end of the ERASE event. All guests are contributing to a forthcoming essay anthology based on this exchange of ideas and knowledge.