Mark SUTHERLAND (Canada)
Mark Sutherland (1955, Huntsville, Ontario, Canada) – poet, artist, musician, performer. After finishing The Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto, 1975), he studied at the York University (Art History, Theory and History of Cinema, 1978-82). In his activities he tackles various forms of contemporary art and literature placed at the borderline between text and image, sound, object and performance. He is the author of numerous fiction texts and poetry, various visual constructs and scores, reviews and critical articles produced and shown both in Canada and abroad, including the following ones: Poetry Canada Review (Toronto), Queens Quarterly (Kingston), Rampike (Toronto), Lightworks (Birmingham), The Jazz Report (Toronto), Musicworks (Toronto), Paragraph (Stratford), E Space (Montreal), NEXT (Rome), Magyar Műhely (Budapest), Variations (Zurich) and many others. Sutherland has created twenty visual and experimental poetry productions, including such as: A Brief History of Sleep / The Science of Freud (Toronto: The Portable Gallery, 1988), The General Knowledge Of Idiots (Toronto: The Portable Gallery, 1989), A Theory Of Cinema (Toronto: The Portable Gallery, 1992), They Call It Stormy Monday... (London: The Writers Forum, 1997), A Few Words About John Cage (Rochester: The Visual Studies Workshop, 1999), Code X (Toronto: Coach House Books / Rochester: The Visual Studies Workshop, 2000) and many others. He is intensively working in the area of sound poetry, lingua-art, making use of various audio technologies – spontaneous vocal, sampling, simultaneous reading, noise landscape. His works were published in various international sound magazines, literary miscellanies and anthologies, among them are the following ones: Modern Sounds (Cincinnati: The C.A.G.E. Group Effort, 1991), Baobab – The New Worlds (Bologna: Elytra Ed., 1994), Paté De Voix (Torino: Offerta Speciale Ed., 1998), Carnivocal: An Anthology Of Contemporary Canadian Sound Poetry (Red Deer: Red Deer Press, 1999) and others. He participated in international festivals of sound poetry, including the ones in the 1990s: SiaPoesia/YesbePoetry (Bologna, 1997), “bobeobi”, Internationales Festival der Lautpoesie (Berlin, 1998), Polypoesia 6 Sound Poetry Festival (Barcelona, 1998), Viatage A La Polinesia Sound Poetry Festival (Barcelona, 1999) and others. Sutherland has conducted several solo exhibitions, that united his productions in various trends – from visual and object poetry to video, book, and lingua-art. The experimental poetry works were published in a number of anthologies, including the ones of the 1990s: Towards 2000 – Poetry for The Future (Saskatoon: Fifth Hose Publishers, 1991), The Last Word (Toronto: Insomnia Press, 1995), Word Score Utterance Choreography (London: Writers Forum, 1998), Poetry Nation: The North American Anthology of Fusion Poets (Montreal: Vehicule Press, 1998) and others. His productions are kept in various public and private collections, including such as: The Museum Of Modern Art (New York), The Art Gallery Of Ontario (Toronto), The National Gallery Of Canada (Ottawa), The Art Institute Of Chicago (Chicago), The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive (Miami Beach) and others. Mark Sutherland lives and works in Toronto (Canada).