Caroline Bergvall, writer and artist of Norwegian background based in London. Works across artforms, media and languages. A strong exponent of writing methods and verbal performances that emerge from multilingual, audiovisual and contextual concerns. Her projects include poetic works, audio pieces, drawings, installations, and live performances, often in collaboration. Starting-points and source materials emerge readily from a mixture of historic languages and contemporary cultural artifacts or political events.
Her most recent performance Drift
(2012-14) for live voice, percussion w/Ingar Zach (N) and electronic text by Thomas Köppel (CH) combined harrowing contemporary sea migrancy reports with a rewrite of the Anglo-saxon “Seafarer”. It was awarded a Judith E. Wilson Fellowship in Poetry and Drama (Cambridge) and opened Poetry International 2014, Southbank Centre, to great acclaim. The book version, published by Nightboat Books (NY) has just gone into second printing. Other publications: Meddle English
(2011) and FIG
(2005) as well as a DVD of installations Ghost Pieces
(2010). She presents her works internationally: Tate Modern (London), Khoj Centre (New Delhi), Fondation Vuitton (Paris), Mamco Museum (Geneva), MCA Denver, Samtidsmuseet (Oslo), MOMA (NY). Most recent solo show, Callicoon Fine Arts (NY, 2015).
Writer-in-Residence, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014). Awareded a Mellon Collaborative Fellowship, Gray Center for Art and Enquiry, Chicago, 2016. Forthcoming projects include a collaboration with Norwegian composer Kim Myhr and Canadian quartet Bozzini. www.carolinebergvall.com