ARTIST'S RÉSUMÉ
     
TABLEAUX

MOUNTAINS

ALBUM 2015

WAR REQUIEM

SCENARIUM

THE PRAIRIE

ALBUM 2010

HORSE NETTLE

LA GUERRA

CLOCKWORK

BANGKOK

TURTLES

REFRACTION

BIRD'S FOOT

POEMS 1980

COMMENTS

RÉSUMÉ

CONTACT

 

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AN ARTIST'S RÉSUMÉ OF SÉAMAS CAIN

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PUBLICATIONS

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“palabras celtas : palabras al viento,” an Artist Book with a sequence of concrete poetry in Old Celtic, Old Irish, and Gallego, was published in 2014 by Libros Voladores at La Coruña, Galicia, in Spain. The book was produced in conjunction with a visual art exhibition, “Verbas ao vento,” at the Universidade da Coruña.

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“HELEN : a performance-work” was published in 2014 by The Otter Press, College Farm House, Mill Lane, Wellington, Shropshire, England, TF1 1PR.

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“CREEVYKEEL : a performance-work” was published in 2014 by The Otter Press at Wellington, Shropshire, England.

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“solas eile,” an Artist Book with an eighty-page sequence of minimal and concrete poetry in Irish Gaelic, was published in 2013 by The Wurm Press at Portarlington, County Laois, Ireland.

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“THE DANGEROUS ISLANDS,” a 240-page novel by Séamas Cain, was published in October of 2011 by The Red Jasper in Dublin, Ireland.

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“TRÍD AN gCOILL,” a DVD in Irish Gaelic of a recitation by Séamas Cain of a long postmodern forest poem, surrounded with a stereo-mix by Slávek Kwi of the sounds of nature from Dromore Woods in County Clare, was published in May of 2011 by The IMRAM Festival in Dublin, Ireland.

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“TRÍD AN gCOILL,” a CD in Irish Gaelic of a recitation by Séamas Cain of a long postmodern forest poem, surrounded with a stereo-mix by Slávek Kwi of the sounds of nature from Dromore Woods in County Clare, was published in September of 2010 by The IMRAM Festival in Dublin, Ireland.

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“QUALE FUTURO?” — an Artist Book with a sequence of juxtaposed poetic text(s) in Italian, was published in 2009 by Franco Piri Focardi and l'Associazione culturale "Oltre i limiti" at the Comune di Rignano sull'Arno (FL) in Italy. The book was produced in conjunction with the tenth celebration of the arts-festival “Creativa” at Rignano sull'Arno.

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“SPARULUS,” an Artist Book with a poem of birds in Old Celtic/Gaulish, was published in 2008 for the Miche-Art-Universalis in Merksplas, Belgium.

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“CASTLE BROUGHTY,” in English and Scottish Gaelic, a sequence of 100 minimal poems with counter-texts, was published in 2008 by The Gillyflower in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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“TRÍD AN gCOILL,” in Irish Gaelic, a postmodern 120-page forest poem, was published in 2008 by The Red Jasper in Dublin, Ireland.

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“INCONGRUITIES” was published in 2005 by The Otter Press at Wellington, Shropshire, England. “INCONGRUITIES” was a collection of experimental short stories, poems, and performance-texts.

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“MARANNAN,” in Scottish Gaelic, a postmodern 60-page sea poem, was published in 2005 by The Forest Arts Centre, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1EY.

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“ORESTES : a performance-work.” “MEDIEVAL IRELAND : a performance-work.” Two performance-art scripts published in 2004 by The Otter Press in Shropshire, England.

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“THE PERISHERS OF PEARLS.” “INDEX OF REFRACTION.” Two chapbooks of poetry published in 1986 and 1987 by the Silver Birch Press, 16 Ravensdene Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT6 0DA.

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“THE MAGIC OPAL.” “THE EXHUMATION OF MOZART.” “BIRD'S FOOT.” Three chapbooks of poetry published in 1980 and 1981 by The Duluth Art Institute, 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, Minnesota, 55802.

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“NAOSCA,” an Artist Book with a poem of birds in Irish Gaelic, was published in 1974 by the Silva Gadelica Press at Ardagh, County Longford, Ireland.

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COLLECTIONS

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Books, chapbooks, DVDs and CDs by Séamas Cain are included in THE AVANT WRITING COLLECTION at Ohio State University in Columbus. Rare Books and Special Collections at OSU holds the Archives for William S. Burroughs, Sheila E. Murphy, Alan Sondheim, Richard Kostelanetz, John M. Bennett, Peter Ganick, Scott MacLeod and other avant writers.

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Books, chapbooks, DVDs and CDs by Séamas Cain are included in THE BERN PORTER COLLECTION in Special Collections at the Libraries of Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Bern Porter, of Bern Porter Books, the first person to publish book-length work by Henry Miller, Philip Lamantia, Gregory Corso and other “beat” poets, collected these chapbooks himself. Porter, after a life-time of involvement in the visual and literary arts, placed his collection at Colby College. It includes first-edition works by James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, the “beats,” and others.

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Books and chapbooks by Séamas Cain are included in the archive collection of THE BANCROFT LIBRARY on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. The Cain chapbooks were acquired by The Bancroft in a purchase “from the personal library of Philip Lamantia.” The Bancroft also purchased “The Papers of Philip Lamantia,” which contain correspondence from Séamas Cain.

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Books, chapbooks, DVDs and CDs by Séamas Cain are included in THE POETRY COLLECTION at the University of Buffalo, SUNY at Buffalo, in the state of New York (it is the largest collection of modernist and post-modernist poetry in the world).

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Books, chapbooks, DVDs and CDs by Séamas Cain are included in THE CELTIC COLLECTION of the Niedersächsische Staats und Universitätsbibliothek (SUB) at Göttingen, Germany; and THE CELTIC COLLECTION of the Sächsische Landesbibliothek Staats und Universitätsbibliothek (SLUB) at Dresden, Germany.

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Books, chapbooks, DVDs and CDs by Séamas Cain are included in THE CELTIC COLLECTION of the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota; THE IRISH COLLECTION of the Walsh Library at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey; Special Collections at the Library of TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN; and Special Collections at THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF IRELAND in Dublin.

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Books, chapbooks, DVDs and CDs by Séamas Cain are included in the avantgarde JESSE GLASS COLLECTION of The Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

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Books, chapbooks, DVDs and CDs by Séamas Cain are included in THE CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE COLLECTION at Simon Fraser University of Burnaby, British Columbia in Canada.

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Five chapbooks of poems by Séamas Cain are also included in THE AVANTGARDE POETRY COLLECTION at the University of California in Davis. Special Collections at Davis holds the Archives for the Living Theater and the Firehouse Theater (Séamas Cain was active with the members of both of these theater companies, and an influence on some of their early work).

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Creative work and correspondence from Séamas Cain have been included in “The Papers of Max Blechman” at the Tamiment Library of New York University (NYU). The Blechman Papers also contain work and correspondence from Cornelius Castoriadis, Diane Di Prima, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Pietro Ferrua, Morgan Gibson, Allen Ginsberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Rockwell Kent, Wilfredo Machado, Jackson MacLow, Judith Malina, Dachine Rainer, Kenneth Rexroth, Gary Snyder, and others.

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EXHIBITIONS/PERFORMANCES

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“SHIVERS OF WATER,” a poem by Séamas Cain, was included in the exhibition BIG SPLASH POETRY NETWORK at the Festival OLE.01 in the old Royal Palace at Naples, Italy, 8 October through 3 November 2014. This assemblage or installation of poems accompanied a large display of digital photographs by the artist Caterina Davinio. This BIG SPLASH POETRY NETWORK included the works of 200 poets and artists from around the world, including Demosthenes Agrafiotis, John M. Bennett, Julien Blaine, Mairéad Byrne, Luisella Carretta, Antonino Contiliano, Francesca Del Moro, Klaus Peter Dencker, Carla de Falco, Valter Ferrari, Luc Fierens, Loss Pequeño Glazier, David Hockney, Michael Lasater, Helene Paraskeva, David W. Seaman, Reiner Strasser, Joel Weishaus, and Umut Yalim.

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“THE WAR REQUIEM” by Séamas Cain was presented on Sunday, 7 September 2014 as part of the series IN SEARCH OF PEACE at Southport Villa in the Gardens of Marsaxlokk on the Isle of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. This series of presentations, co-organized by Paul Dalli and Gertrude Spiteri on Malta, and Hatto Fischer of POIEIN KAI PRATTEIN in Athens, Greece, included the works of 26 poets and performers from around the world.

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Scenes from “THE PRAIRIE GAELTACHT,” a poetic drama by Séamas Cain, were performed on Wednesday, 11 July 2012, at International House on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. These scenes were presented in Irish Gaelic and in English. This presentation was sponsored by the “IRELAND IN CRISIS” Conference, the 2012 International Conference of I.C.I.S., the International Congress of Irish Studies. (The play is based on stories and descriptions of three of Cain's grandparents, who were children in several Irish-speaking Utopian Colonies created in a desolate region of the western prairies of Minnesota in the 1870s-1880s.)

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On Tuesday, 10 July 2012, Séamas Cain presented a Green Paper to the I.C.I.S. International Conference, titled “THE NEW WAVE OF INNOVATIVE WRITERS IN IRELAND.”

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“THE DISCONTINUUM OF PARADISE,” a performance-script by Séamas Cain, was presented at The FLUXUS Festival of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois, on Sunday, 20 February 2011.

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IMRAM, a national literary festival in Ireland, in association with The Dublin City Arts Centre, presented “tríd an gcoill” by Séamas Cain and the Czech sound-artist Slávek Kwi. This Art Installation with recorded and/or live performances took place from 23 September through 27 September 2010 at the Grapevine Space of CITY ARTS, 15 Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin 1, Ireland.

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While in Dublin, Cain spoke at the Mater Dei Institute on his memories of the poet Allen Ginsberg, with Cain's own insights on the poem “HOWL.” That presentation, on 28 September 2010, was co-sponsored by the Dublin literary group Wurm im Apfel and the Mater Dei Institute.

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IMRAM, a national literary festival in Ireland, in association with The Dublin City Arts Centre and TíAitreo Teoranta, presented the drama “The Prairie Gaeltacht” by Séamas Cain, in performances on 20 and 21 September 2010 at CITY ARTS in Dublin.

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“THE WAR REQUIEM,” a performance-work of Séamas Cain, was presented on 11 September 2004 as World Simultaneous Actions by Mideo M. Cruz and the Ugat Lahi Artist Collective at Big Sky Mind, Cubao, Quezon City, the Philippines; the Katribu Artist Collective in Matina Park, Davao City, the Philippines; the Kedai Kebun Forum in Jogjakarta, Indonesia; Antonio Sassu and Gruppo Sinestetico in Torreglia (PG) Italy; Massimo Zanasi with Spazio Arka on Sardinia; Kanat Ibraghimov in Moscow, Russia; Carlos Pina in Barcelona, Spain; Alexander Del Re in Santiago de Chile; Leonardo Gonzalez Castillo in Valparaiso, Chile; Chaw Ei Thien in Rangoon, Burma; and Blackthorn Theater in Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota in the U.S.

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“100 AÑOS DE SALVADOR DALÍ,” a performance-poem by Séamas Cain, was presented on 11 May 2004 at the Galería de Arte in the Parque Avellaneda of the city of San Miguel de Tucumán in Argentina. The performance was organized by Mónica Vallejo.

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“THE HORSE NETTLE,” a performance-poem of Séamas Cain, was performed by Séamas Cain on 23 November 2003 in Seneca Park at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois.

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“A SCOTTISH CASTLE,” a performance-poem of Séamas Cain, was performed by Séamas Cain on 25 March 2003, at The Forest Arts Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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“RUINS,” a performance-work of Séamas Cain, was presented in Gaelic on 25 March 2003, in the ruins of Holyrood Abbey at Edinburgh, Scotland. This language-centered multimedia event was sponsored by A' CHOMHAIRLE NA GÀIDHLIG.

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“WAR,” a performance-poem of Séamas Cain, was performed by Séamas Cain on 20 March 2003, in the Courtyard of The British Library — at King's Cross, London, England.

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“EL FIN DE LA GUERRA (THE END OF THE WAR),” a performance-work by Séamas Cain, was performed by Josué Donoso and Jonathan Vivanco, in conjunction with Alexander Del Re, at The Festival SENSORIAL on 23 November 2002 in the barrio Miraflores, Viña del Mar, in Chile. SENSORIAL was organized by Leonardo González and Mauricio Morales at the Universidad Andrés Bello of Viña del Mar in Chile.

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“CLOCKTOWER,” a performance-work by Séamas Cain, was presented on 5 November 2002 on the steps in front of the Clocktower on the campus of Colby College in Waterville, Maine. After the performance, Séamas Cain spoke to an audience in Special Collections at the Main Library of Colby College on DISRUPTION AND INNOVATION IN THE ARTS : Bern Porter, Dick Higgins and the FLUXUS Movement.

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“FREE PARKING,” a performance script by Séamas Cain — sparked by a controversy in Bangkok, Thailand — was written for Varsha Nair and Savinee Buranasilapin for events at The Art Gallery of the Centre of Academic Resources at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, 14 August through 31 August 2002.

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“THE DAFFODILS,” a performance-poem of Séamas Cain, was performed by Séamas Cain at dawn on 19 August 2002 in the Sculpture Garden of The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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“SEATURTLES,” a performance script by Séamas Cain, was performed at dawn on 10 August 2002 by Mary Roe O'Neill at the sea-level megalith of Creevykeel in County Sligo, Ireland.

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Séamas Cain's play “GEOGRAPHY!” was performed in the Ruins of Dungiven Priory, Dungiven, County Derry, Northern Ireland, on 4, 5, and 6 March 1994.

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“BOOM,” 5, 6, and 7 March 1993. Performed by Blackthorn Theater at Dungiven Priory, County Derry, Ireland.

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“TOWER,” 8, 9, and 10 March 1990. Performed at The Whitechapel Arts Centre in London, England.

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“IBIS,” 26 December 1983. Solo-performance on Sanibel Island in the gulf of Mexico.

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Séamas Cain, Mark Abbott, Mary and William Buchen, David Garland, Dick Paske, Nigel Rollings, and Nancy Ruppenthal as composer/musicians participated in Leif Brush's TELECONSTRUCTS SPACEWORK, a soundwork in collaboration with Minnesota and New York audio artists linking two sites, via satellite, in sound. This performance, on Saturday, 9 October 1982, with major project support from The Jerome Foundation, was presented simultaneously at The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York, and a forest near Duluth, Minnesota. Cain performed in two sound segments, the fourth titled “4a,” and the eighth titled “4b.” He performed on a valiha from Malagasy, a gusle from Yugoslavia, an Italian concertina, an Irish whistle, and a bowed psaltery. Cain was accompanied by microprocessor controlled syntheses from wind and leaf movements.

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“THE FOREST” (live performance with video) 4 August 1982. UCLA Video Center, Melnitz Hall, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.

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“QUANTA,” 17, 18, 19 June 1982, at The Temple Opera House in Duluth, Minnesota. Performed by Blackthorn Theater.

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“GEOGRAPHY,” 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27 June 1981. Commissioned by the Duluth Summer Festival of the Arts.

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“TRISTAN,” 26, 27, and 28 June 1980. Sponsored by the Duluth Summer Festival of the Arts.

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“QUATERNITY, COOTS, AND MOORCOCKS,” 16 September 1979. Performed at the Salmon Weir, Galway, Ireland.

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“THE NATION OF ATLANTIS,” 19, 20, and 21 July 1979; and 3, 4, 5 July 1980. Sponsored by The Duluth Art Institute.

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“HELEN,” 12 May 1979, at the Minnesota Theatre Festival of Companies. Sponsored by The Minnesota Theatre Federation, with performances at the Frey Theatre in St. Paul.

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“DISINTEGRATING THROAT,” 29 June 1978. Performed on the bridges over river Corrib, Galway, Ireland.

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“ORPHEUS IN THE ICE,” 5 May 1978, at The Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth. Commissioned for the Arts Leadership Conference, the state-convention of Alliance for the Arts in Education.

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“LEGS,” 13 June 1976. Performed in the Liberties in Dublin, Ireland.

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“LA MORTE DI BOCCACCIO,” 19, 20, 21, and 22 May 1976. Performances — directed by Séamas Cain as playwright — by The Teatro GARE in Rome, Italy. Cain was subsequently a participant in the “International Congress on the Liturgical Dimensions of Medieval Drama” in Viterbo, Italy.

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“MEDIEVAL IRELAND,” 14, 15, 16, and 17 January 1976. Sponsored by The Duluth Art Institute.

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“CREEVYKEEL : a performance-work,” 29, 30, and 31 January 1975. Sponsored by The Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth.

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“THE COMEDY OF WILLFULNESS,” 20, 21, and 22 November 1972. Sponsored by The Tweed Museum of Art.

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