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Craig Pollard & Jess Higgins in Conversation

Published: 18 June 2020 Author: NewBridge Books

In place of a live event, NewBridge Books are pleased to host this recorded conversation, marking the launch of a book by Newcastle-based artist, and NewBridge Associate Member, Craig Pollard.

In May this year, Inside a Gleaming Feeling was published by Glasgow’s The Grass is Green in the Fields for You. It is a book of conference papers, lectures and excerpts on music, art making and the internet. Craig is joined here by Jess Higgins, a Glasgow-based artist and writer who sings in the band Vital Idles and is a key member of Good Press, a volunteer-run bookshop for self published printed matter.

It was recorded in the immediate wake of the book’s release, and feels like a fitting celebration for the launch – a meandering conversation taking in music, art, education, DIY, politics and protest, interspersed with bursts of music; a back and forth that suggests the possibility of a kind of essay-making through conversation.

Talking points include (but are not limited to): Institutional fumbling; Re-imagining debt; Opting to not cite the cannon; Language and exclusivity; Normalising scrutiny of professionals; How whiteness replicates itself; Being irreverent to the history you’re taught (or teaching); American hardcore as a romanticised history; Boredom and performance.

Craig and Jess have provided a list of citations for topics mentioned, as well as a track list of songs played (below).

You can buy the book directly from The Grass is Green in the Fields For You here.


Adrian Piper, Funk Lessons http://www.adrianpiper.com/vs/video_fl.shtml; further reading https://wp.nyu.edu/thinkingtheater2017/wp-content/uploads/sites/8619/2016/05/Adrian-Piper-Notes-on-Funk-1.pdf

Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study https://www.minorcompositions.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/undercommons-web.pdf

Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, Debt and Study https://www.e-flux.com/journal/14/61305/debt-and-study/

Ben Lerner discussing ‘bad forms of collectivity’ https://podcasts.apple.com/no/podcast/ben-lerner-10-04/id804982781?i=1000319424552 (ca. 37 minutes)

Rolling Jubilee https://rollingjubilee.org/

Sara Ahmed discussing citational practices in Living a Feminist Life introduction https://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/PubMaterials/978-0-8223-6319-4_601.pdf

Elizabeth Newton, Fire Attachments https://reallifemag.com/fierce-attachments/

Bare Minimum Collective https://medium.com/@bareminimum/the-bare-minimum-manifesto-bfedbbc9dd71

Sara Ahmed, Phenomenology of Whiteness https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58ad660603596eec00ce71a3/t/58bec74415d5db1951fa9f15/1488897863830/Phenomenology+of+Whiteness.pdf

Against Racist Ableism In Arts Education: a lecture by Dr. Khairani Barokka with Dr Akanksha Mehta, Centre for Feminist Research, online event 12th June 2020 (the lecture was recorded but not yet online)

Jeff Feuerzeig, The Devil and Daniel Johnston https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJZOe65eA4Y

Devo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYQR43UyYqc

Chris Burden, Shoot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9Dd5Ze10tQ

Saidiya Hartman, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Gils, Troublesome Women and Queer Radicals preview https://serpentstail.com/media/previews/9781788163231_preview.pdf

Beyonce, Formation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDZJPJV__bQ

Fred Moten, Black and Blur introduction https://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/PubMaterials/978-0-8223-7016-1_601.pdf

Fred Moten, Visible Music from In The Break https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/in-the-break

Lisa Robertson, Disquiet from Nilling https://journals.openedition.org/caliban/1716

Fred Moten, B Jenkins https://www.dukeupress.edu/b-jenkins

Maggie Nelson on Fred Moten https://4columns.org/nelson-maggie/black-and-blur

Eileen Myles, Life: A Performance https://franklinfurnace.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17325coll1/id/118/rec/1

2-ply https://glarc.bandcamp.com/track/2ply-hot-desking


RMR, Rascal

No Age, Working Stiff Takes A Break

Ciara, Level Up

Drain Gang, 1:1

Bruce Springsteen, 57 Channels (And Nothing On)

Nina Simone, Ain’t Got No

Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce, Savage

Vital Idles, My Sentiments

Jonathan Richman, True Love Is Not Nice