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The Poetry of Consciousness


Fully booked

Thursday 7 July 2016


In the 21st century is the poet and text artist more of a data collector than bard, more reflector than storyteller? What is lost, and gained, when poetry, and language in general, is translated? What is the role of language, and the arts that use it, in making up our consciousness? Linguists, poets and thinkers discuss the power of language in constituting our consciousness and present newly commissioned works for performance on the night.

Developed by SJ Fowler.


  • Daniel Margulies leads the Neuroanatomy & Connectivity Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig where he investigates principles of human brain organization through mapping its connectivity. 
  • Noah Hutton is a film director and curator. He spends part of each year filming at the Human Brain Project and other prominent neuroscience labs around the world as part of Bluebrain, his fifteen-year film-in-the-making which will chronicle neuroscientist Henry Markram’s audacious attempt to build a simulation of the human brain on supercomputers.
  • Jen Calleja is a writer and translator based in London. She is translator in residence at the Austrian Cultural Forum London and columnist on literary translation for The Quietus. Her debut poetry collection Serious Justice was published by Test Centre this year. 
  • SJ Fowler is a poet, artist and curator. He has published multiple collections of poetry and been commissioned by Tate Modern, The British Council, Tate Britain, BBC Radio 3 and is currently in residence at Wellcome Collection with Hubbub group. He is Lecturer at Kingston University, teaches at Tate Modern, was named a 2015 Salzburg Global Fellow in Neuroscience and Art and the curator of the Enemies project and A World Without Words, with Lotje Sodderland. 

This event is FREE. Tickets will become available below from 11.00 on Friday 24 June.