Nemici: an Italian Enemies project Saturday November 7th 2015 at the Rich Mix

An ambitious celebration of contemporary Italian & British poetry and art in London, and one of the finest events in the history of the Enemies project!

The Nemici project brought together Italian poets from all over Italy and all over Europe, to work in collaboration, as pairs, with a series of British poets. Each pair produced original work for the night, in what was a great testament to the dynamic potential of collaboration alongside the best of the rapidly evolving 21st century Italian literary tradition. Covering lyrical poetry, avant-garde poetry, text art, performance art and video poetry, this evening will be exploration of the possibilities of poetry in the 21st century as well as what collaboration can bring. 

Featured Daniela Cascella & James Wilkes - Francesco Pedraglio & Paul Becker (video) - Ariadne Radi Cor & SJ Fowler (video) - Marco Fazzini & Douglas Reid Skinner - Francesca Serragnoli & Annabel Banks - Livia Franchini & Georgia Rodger - Alessandro Burbank & SJ Fowler - Roberto Minardi & John Goodby - Giovanna Coppola & Clover Peake - Andrea Inglese & Philip Terry - Davide Castiglione & Alex Houen - Christian Patracchini & Richard Skinner

Growing out of the extraordinary Crossing Voices project, curated by Alessandro Mistrorigo and James Wilkes and supported by Phonodia and the University Ca Foscari, Venice, Nemici has firm foundations with which to begin and curate what we hope to be a long term collaborative project.

Many of the wonderful participants have their work recorded and available to listen to at the amazing archive of Phonodia


Crossing Voices / Incroci di voci was an extraordinary collaborative poetry workshop and performance project at Ca Foscari, University of Venice from May 2nd to May 7th 2014, with poets Alessandro Burbank, Andrea Leonessa, Ariadne Radi Cor, Emma Bennett and curated by James Wilkes and Alessandro Mistrorigo. Working on 6 brand new pieces, each led by one of the 6 participants, utilising poetry through concepts of voice, sound, technology and performance.

You can read a blog about the project, with examples of the collaborations here