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Life 2.0

What happens when our bodies have become technology and our voices channeled into the network?

The event featured imaginative performances from a range of writers either exploring technology in their work, or using it as part of their performance. It included an improvised poetry soundscape, Skype readings with poets in London, Iceland, and the USA, and a viral text poem for the audience to take part in. Robin Vaughan-Williams, the event organiser, put together The Lost Voices, a collective poetry performance in which five voices, disembodied and lost in the machine, discover a new form of corporeality, where they can make friends, design their own avatars, and take off for their dream island.

Brian Lewis, editor of Longbarrow Press, presented Edgelands, a multi-channel sound collage based on Matt Clegg's poetry sequence exploring the colonised space between city and countryside. Performance artist Richard Bolam performed World 3.0, a chilling piece about a world where human progress has rendered morality a thing of the past. Jake Harries brought us “spam unplugged” (acoustic, verbatim spam email songs), and in FYI novelist Linda Lee Welch and electronica musician The Only Michael looked to find poetry in the everyday and music in the sound of domestic appliances and radio static.

More information about Life 2.0 is available from

Life 2.0 was a Spoken Word Antics production, in partnership with Access Space and supported by Signposts. Life 2.0 was part of the Off The Shelf book festival.

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