Cris CHEEK (Great Britain)
Cris Cheek (1955, London, England) – poet, composer, performer, publisher. He has been involved in the creative literary and artistic activities since 1975. He is working actively in various spheres of the contemporary art, incorporating a wide range of media-strategies and technologies into his projects. For many years he has developed the ideas of live-art, spontaneous literary performance and “chaotic declamation” on his own and as member of various musical and poetic groups including jgjgjgjg (in collab. with P.C. Fencott, L. Upton), CoAccident, Garam Masala, Slant (in collab. with Ph. Jeck, S. Jones). Cheek is the author of a number of poetry editions and books, among them are the following: a present (Bluff Books, 1980), mud (Spanner/Open Field, 1984), Cloud Eyes (Microbrigade Ed., 1991), skin upon skin (CD, Sound & Language, 1996), stranger (Sound & Language, 1996), Songs from Navigation (book+CD, Reality Street, 1998) and others. His works were published in various international magazines, literary miscellanies and anthologies, including West Coast Line (Vancouver), Open Letter (Toronto), Kontexts (Amsterdam), Boxkite (Sydney), Reality Studios (London), Poetics Journal (San Francisco),TheL=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book (University of Indiana), Floating Capital (Connecticut), Documents (Glasgow), as well as MC, CD and CD-R formats in Crayon (NY), Widemouth (Baltimore), Little Magazine (Albany), Balsam Flex (London), etc. Representing poly-functional projects, the author pays special attention to the strategies of live-writing with simultaneous video transmission. The recent productions include the following: the church, the school, the beer (Norwich School of Art and Design, CB-radio, 1998-99), Tongues Undone (in collab. with S. Jones, M. Sercombe, World Wide Video Festival, 1998), matter unaccounted for (3rd Cork Conference of Poetry and Performance Art, 1999), Retrospective Screen (Dartington Arts Gallery, 2000) and others. Cheek’s works and his joint projects were performed and shown several times at various institutions, including Birmingham Arts Lab (Birmingham), Brooklands College, New London Arts (San Francisco), Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Albert Hall (London), and also within the following festivals: Dartington Dance Festival (Dartington), International Sound Text Festival (Stockholm, Amsterdam, London), Prema “Time Being” Festival (Uley) and others. As a member of the musical group “Garam Masala” he undertook three tours and released a CD-album, The Colour of the Heart (1998), he actively collaborated with the band “Slant,” which released 3 CDs: Hive (These Records, 1990), Slant (Sound & Language, 1992), The Canning Town Chronicle (Sound & Language, 1994). Cheek is one of the founders and was chairman of the Board of Directors (1981-95) of the “Chisenhale Dance Space”; in 1989 he established (together with G. Boddington) the “Shinkansen” agency. At present he is director of the publishing house “Sound and Language,” that specializes in publishing works of contemporary authors, and the editor of the book series “Language aLive books.” Since 1995, he has been teaching courses at Dartington College of Arts and Norwich School of Art and Design as a guest lecturer. In 1995, he won a prize at the Sony Gold Award for his work “Music of Madagascar” (BBC Radio 3, 1994). Cris Cheek lives and works in Lowestoft (Great Britain).