If you’re in Berlin on April 15, join us in an exploration of corporeality and cyber-realities at Blake Vargas. I’ll be reading a chapter called Lazarus, from my recently completed novel in which a body is discovered in the morgue, alive. More details here.Read More
I was invited to speak at the 5x15 event series and the inaugural one held in Amsterdam. The series doesn’t what it says on the tin, 5 speakers each with 15 minutes to give a talk about a topic, in this case related to ‘The Future’. As fellow speaker Zing Tseng said during her talk, what do we mean when we talk about the future? The following day or 50 years ahead?
I used my 15 minutes to talk about our collective 15 minutes, the public realm and through that a suggestion of the failure of language, or rather the end of language as we know it to be what we deploy to signify and comprehend ourselves and for others to do the same. The crux of it being a kind of singularity could be seen to be well under way as we appear to have lost control of language, as language through its swirling technocratic dynamism, has arguably sped beyond the scope of semantic representation.
If you’re interested, I’ll be uploading a transcript of the talk shortly.Read More
If you see this and happen to be in Berlin this week, do come along!
I'll be participating in an evening of readings and live performance from violinist Jae Woo. Do come along if you can.
February 13th — 20:00 Texts by Michael Salu Senthuran Varatharajah Lee Ann Brown Ricardo Domeneck With a performance by violinist Jae Woo.
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Courtney fell in love at Disneyland. Fifty years later she returns to the site of this life changing encounter to take shelter from the disorder brought on by an increasingly unforgiving climate. My new short story entitled ‘The Forsaken’ appears in the latest issue of Archivio Magazine. On sale now.
Pleased to be invited back to the two week residency at Lemon Tree House in Tuscany. Held in an ancient hamlet (formerly a castle), the residency is structured around a series of craft talks held most evenings. As artist in residence, My talks offer thoughts about working across disciplines and my current work exploring recent evolutions in language and image.Read More
New words in issue 2 of Archivio magazine. I haven’t published much for a while as I was finishing a novel, but here’s a new piece. Another collab with Brad Feuerhelm who gave forth some searing vernacular photos taken on a tour during the gulf war. My story is entitled ‘Black Hands’ written through the voice of a gulf war vet, who, many years later reckons painfully with his resignation at the limitations of mankind and the eternal enterprise of ritual, sacrifice and scapegoat. Out now with Archivio MagazineRead More
On May 25, I gave a keynote at a symposium at the Literature Colloquium in Berlin.
Entitled THE SWARM: LANGUAGE AS A FICTION the piece explores nature’s swarms as an entry point to looking at our autonomous dictatorial drivers and manipulators of language, consciousness and perception, covering the erasure of histories and the limitations in the semantics of identity politics in relation to technology.Read More
I'm going to be speaking in a couple of days (MAY 24) at the 'Afro Berlin' symposium, deconstructing autonomous societal 'swarms' and who dictates the polarised narratives, languages and new moralities we must abide by.
The next issue (not pictured) of biannual Italian magazine Archvio, will feature a new story from me. Entitled 'Black Hands' it dives right into the residual decay of PTSD and explores the codependency of ritual and sacrifice through the manic neuroses of a gulf war veteran. more soon.
Excited to return to The Lemon Tree House in 2018 as Artist/Writer in residence again. If you're a budding writer then this tranquil corner of Tuscany and the team makes for a great environment to reflect and connect.
An audio recording of a panel discussion at the Royal Society of Literature as part of the launch of Freeman's Journal. The panel consisted of editor and writer John Freeman, novelists Tahmima Anam and Kamila Shamsie and myself.
A TEDx Talk
Our lives are massively bombarded by images. Should we celebrate that fact or dread its consequences? As a creator of images, Michael Salu is interested in communication they provoke. Can communication through images nd our advancement with digital experiences actually help us reach a greater level of empathy for each other? Or should we fear the reverse?
Michael Salu's story The Nod explores identity through virtual reality and appears in issue 1 (Arrival) of Freeman's Journal.
I spoke with Freeman's Journal about some of the underlying elements structure my recent art practice, which is manifesting in both text and image as I explore the representation through the physical and the digital.
Freeman's Journal landed at new bookshop Liberia in February as preview event before the shop's official opening. I joined editor John Freeman and short story writer extraordinare Helen Simpson in a discussion about migration, what drives us to write, where we find characters and how we talk about the world.