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, 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, and Juliana Spahr.
ERASE is curated by Álvaro Seiça and designed by Manufactura Independente.
September 20-24, 2021
Online launch: erase.artdel.net
1 video with reviews launched every day at 7 am GMT+2
Day 1: Monday, September 20
Raquel Lima's video reviewed by Juliana Spahr and Bruno Ministro
Day 2: Tuesday, September 21
Daniel C. Howe's video reviewed by Florian Cramer
Day 3: Wednesday, September 22
Winnie Soon's video reviewed by Florian Cramer and Tammy Lai-Ming Ho
Day 4: Thursday, September 23
Carlos Soto-Román's video reviewed by Bruno Ministro and Juliana Spahr
Day 5: Friday, September 24
Hung Hung's video reviewed by Tammy Lai-Ming Ho
Screenings: Bergen, Norway
Throughout opening hours, the videos will be played on several screens at:
- Bergen Public Library
- University of Bergen Humanities Library
- KMD Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
- University of Bergen campus screens
- Artists: Daniel C. Howe, Hung Hung, Raquel Lima, Winnie Soon, Carlos Soto-Román
- Critics: Florian Cramer, Tammy Lai-Ming Ho, Bruno Ministro, Juliana Spahr
- 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. It is a part of the European Commission-funded project “The Art of Deleting.”
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, and Juliana Spahr deliver short reviews for the ERASE website.
Who responds to whom?
- Bruno Ministro and Juliana Spahr respond to Raquel Lima and Carlos Soto-Román.
- Florian Cramer responds to Daniel C. Howe.
- Florian Cramer and Tammy Lai-Ming Ho respond to Winnie Soon.
- Tammy Lai-Ming Ho responds to Hung Hung.
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.