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Klare Lanson


Over the past 20 years, performance poet Klare Lanson has worked as a writer, visual arts curator, director, truck driver, editor and also pays bills by working in the IT industry.

Her poetry and multi media practice is motivated by her past work in the visual arts, technology, anxiety and the politics of the every day. Her unrequited relationship with technology stems from building old school websites in the mid 90s to working on numerous collaborations over the years, including the renowned Hypersense Project which explored different ways of interacting with the computer to produce sound.

On stage, Klare works with poetry, sound and live art performance. She fuses her words with electronic music, moving imagery, mobile film and thinks a lot about technology. Klare has over 200 performances under her belt, including the This Is Not Art Festival, Overload Poetry Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Melbourne Writers Festival. She released an independent album ‘Every Third Breath’, completed an artist in residency at FRUC in France and went on to perform in London, Berlin and New York. She also toured New Zealand as part of 13% punk, and performed for the Wellington Fringe Festival. Her poetry is published on radio, web and for the page.

Klare has just stepped down as co-Editor of Going Down Swinging, an Australian literary anthology of poetry, short stories, comics and spoken word. She is currently working on a new body of work that continues to interrogate technology and our immediate environment. For a snapshot of her past performance work, visit her website.

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