The Station Hill Intermedia Lab presents aperipheries, an hour-long trance language experience featuring works by Kay Prevallet, unfolded in tandem with the trance healing soundscapes of Peter Blum, and some slow-cinema visual immersions. In this hour, we invite you to sit back, relax, and dive deeply into the underlying strata – the syntax – of language, channeled by Kay into poetic forms which allow language to sift and reveal mental movements that flow into alignment with bio diversity, racial justice, and borderless love that is not flesh-bound alone. This piece asks the question: If it is language that makes worlds, then one role of the poet is to reveal poeisis: the making of a world in language that embodies change, even as it is in flux. This performance contains seeds of story and myth that intersect with the future in this moment; the underlying high stake: we must believe that change is possible, and that language is the medicine.

About Kay and Peter

Kay Prevallet is an interdisciplinary conceptual poet, performer, teacher, and practitioner of healing arts. Her work is informed by the syntaxes of ecopoetics, sacred geometry, somatic healing, innovative poetics, and conceptual art. She is currently completing a PhD in Somatic Poetics through the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham (U.K.) and teaching courses around Trance Poetics, Ritual, Magic, and the Ballad Tradition. The author of eight books and numerous chapbooks including Trance PoeticsEverywhere Here and in Brooklyn (Belladonna Collaborative), I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time (Essay Press), and Shadow, Evidence, Intelligence (Factory School), her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The New Republic, The Boston Review, The Body In Language (Counterpath Press), I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women (Les Figues Press), and Women Poets on Mentorship (University of Iowa Press). A senior associate for Bard College’s Institute for Writing and Thinking, Kay’s writing, performing, and teaching have awarded her many honors including grants and residencies from the PEN America Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, the Mellon Foundation, the Whitney Museum, and Bowery Arts. (www.kprevallet.com and www.trancepoetics.com)

Peter Blum, C.I., C.Ht., M.S.C., has had a practice in Ericksonian hypnosis since 1987. He was awarded Instructor of the Year by the Nat’l Guild of Hypnosis in 2004, and in 2009 inducted into the Order of Braid – a lifetime achievement recognition. In 2015 he was recognized as Hypnotist of the Year by IACT (The Int’l Assoc. of Counselors and Therapists), and in 2018 was awarded “Life Fellow in Hypnotherapy” by the International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association. Most recently, in 2021, Peter was inducted into the Hypnosis Hall of Fame. Peter has studied healing and ceremony with Beautiful Painted Arrow (Joseph Rael) and Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona for over 30 years, and has trained hundreds in the spiritual art of hypnosis. A lifetime musician, he counts among his teachers of music and sound healing Dr. Karl Berger, Ustad Jamaluddin Bhartiya, Pauline Oliveros, Fabian Mamman, John Beaulieu, and Don Conreaux. He has given workshops and soundhealing concerts at Omega Institute, Abode of the Message, The Intʼl Hypnosis Federation, Menla Retreat Center, The Graduate Institute, and the United Nations.