Thursday, January 29, 2009

If It Hadn't Been For This Insane FreakShow of an Experiment We Never Would Have Met Press


So, I'm just going to say something.

There are definitely moments of each day when, regardless of what I'm doing (work emails, reading the news), I become distracted by my disbelief of how terrible and detached human to human interaction is, on a whole. How our vehicles of communication, technology, travel, etc have advanced faster than we've been able to develop our own capacities to extend our emotional (empathy, sympathy, compassion) connectivity to those outside immediate circles (if that). Sometimes my bafflement for how reckless humans are with resources, with understanding long term effects, for creating boundaries and binaries that inevitably link to structures of hierarchy and exclusion- my bafflement for this avarice and insularity gets in the way of whatever I'm trying to do. Reading experimental poetry, listening to music, seeing a film or an art show, or reading theory that puts something in this world that is beautiful, constructive, advances dialog and new avenues of understanding- these are the moments that make me feel we, as humans, can provide something positive that would not exist on this planet without us. That's the glow. For poetry, I'm intrigued by work that dismantles and then plays with the un-gendered “I,” that explores new forms of address, reckoning, and evinces culpability for the human and non-human other. Through new communication via what some may call anti-narrative, the links between fragmented image, quiet but firm declarations, and the transitive property of memory in complimenting and translating subjective experience to an other. Works that are about inclusive resistance and inclusive revolt, that emanate a destabilizing yet regenerative force, that may on the surface look surreal though are anything but. To make strange a word and circulate it through the respiratory system of a poem so that it releases with an identity that brings a new sheen to the image and the larger world in which the image applies. I guess I'm just saying thank you to everyone who works in a creative medium, thank you for your hammer, your clay, your inky nails, your lithographic shadows. For putting your minds and heart muscles where the net should be. You're the best kind.

And thanks to the person who invented this creepy yet weirdly comfortable-looking bed:

I'm going to this on Saturday. Please come with me and M:

Speculations on the Expanded Field of Writing
Sat Jan 31 1:30pm – Sat Jan 31 10pm
Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn
FREE. No RSVP necessary.

Organized by Matias Viegener and Christine Wertheim

Untitled New York" is a day-long conversation about writing which in some manner exceeds the printed page. It assembles a notable group of experimental writers to discuss the currently expanded and still-expanding field of writing that challenges assumptions about the nature of writing and the potentials of text. While we are familiar with visual artworks constituted as a set of instructions, secrets written by visitors in a book, or one artist erasing of another artist's work, what would be their equivalents in the literary world? "Untitled New York" is composed of 2 day-time panels and an evening reading where participants perform their work. The program is as follows:

1:30 Introduction

2:00 “Appropriation and Citation” – This panel looks at the many practices of appropriation so popular in the literary world in the last several years, asking questions about whose work and what material gets appropriated, cited or resurrected, who owns texts, and if there is a difference between appropriation and citation. Panel participants include Vanessa Place, Steven McCaffrey, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Julie Patton.

4:00 “Litterality” examines how writers use what we normally consider non-linguistic elements, such as symbols, diagrams, maps, or scores placed in the context of writing. We will also look at invented writing systems, and what it might mean to think about the book as an object rather than as a collection of words or sentences. Panel participants include Christine Wertheim, Latasha Diggs, Rob Fitterman, and Shanxing Wang.

8:30 Reading with all participants.


Shane Jones said...

best post ever in the history of the internet.

Jordan said...

Wait, why is "evincing culpability" a goal? Is that like seeking justice? taking responsibility? scolding? what.

I like the credo and the pictures. Just curious about the one part.

Julia Cohen said...

taking responsibility for each other as well as ourselves?

Julia Cohen said...

Poetry That Scolds sounds like the worst book ever.