DONATO MANCINI AND GABRIEL SALOMAN
Sunday, September 22, 2013, 10PM
Pat’s Pub, 403 E Hastings St., Vancouver, BC
The interdisciplinary practice of Donato Mancini focuses mainly on poetry, bookworks, text-based visual art and cultural criticism. His first two books of procedural and visual writing, Ligatures (New Star 2005) and Æthel (New Star 2007) were each nominated for the ReLit Award. Two more books, Buffet World (New Star) and Fact ‘n’ Value (Fillip Editions) were published in 2011. Mancini’s collaborative visual works have been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Scandinavia and Cuba. Notable exhibitions include Surveillance Sketch (Artspeak, Vancouver 2003), Untitled: Conversation Loops (The Western Front, Vancouver 2004; with Miguel da Conceicao, Jacob Gleeson, and Elisa Rathje), Angels in the Angles (Gallery Atsui, Vancouver 2009; with Marina Roy and Christian Bök) and the solo exhibition of print works I Smell Something Burning (H.K.Y.D.) (CSA, Vancouver 2011). He co-directed the world’s first genuine in-world avatar documentary AVATARA (Centre A, Vancouver 2003), now part of the Ubu Web international archive of experimental film and video. A member of the Kootenay School of Writing since 2003, he was a principal organiser of the interdisciplinary N 49 15.832 – W 123 05.921 Positions Colloquium in August 2008 (VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver). In 2012, an exhibition of new print works was commissioned by the Malaspina Printmaker’s Society, for the Institutions By Artists convention in Vancouver, and he was a curator in residence at VIVO with the project Anamnesia: Unforgetting. His first book of critical writing You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence was just published by BookThug (Toronto). Two new poetry books are in progress: The Young Hate Us and SAME DIFF.