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Felix Bernstein: Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Dinner at Goldsmith’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Dinner at Goldsmith’s: On Daniel’s Canon and Kenneth’s Memes by Felix Bernstein In his article Cheap Signaling, professor Daniel Tiffany argues that there is something new amongst a freshly grouped constellation of poets. That something new (to be brief: culture jamming) is not far from what I have written about in my...
Joey Yearous-Algozin on Trisha Low: The Compleat Purge

Joey Yearous-Algozin on Trisha Low: The Compleat Purge

“After all: the ‘I’ is not to be expelled, but submitted to sacrifice.” —Nick Land, The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism In the current saturation of social media in which our daily confessions constitute only the generic projection of a self, The Compleat Purge (Kenning Editions, 2013) may mark the death of...
Toby Altman: Paragraphs on Lyric Poetry

Toby Altman: Paragraphs on Lyric Poetry

I will refer to the kind of writing in which I am involved as lyric poetry. In lyric poetry the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an author uses a lyric form of writing, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution...
Kathryn Mockler: On Printing Out the Internet

Kathryn Mockler: On Printing Out the Internet

by Kathryn Mockler  “…capitalism has a knack for devouring and absorbing everything in its path—including any critique of capitalism.” (from Notes on Conceptualisms) When I taught an experimental writing course to undergraduates this past winter my students and I were most surprised to discover, through some of the class exercises, the extent to which we...
Abstract/Concrete #3 - Natalie Czech

Abstract/Concrete #3 – Natalie Czech

I’ve written in several places about erasure texts (most recently in the latest issue of Evening will come) as typified by Jen Bervin’s nets. Berlin’s Natalie Czech creates uncanny limit-case poems that point to the end of erasure texts, each piece a seemingly impossible conjuring of texts within texts. Czech’s Je n’ai rien à dire....
Version Anglaise: Candice Maddy in Conversation with Steve Giasson

Version Anglaise: Candice Maddy in Conversation with Steve Giasson

  1. Matérialité : Comment pensez-vous que la permanence ou l’impermanence de votre travail éclaire son sujet? Vous sentez-vous que vos œuvres moins tangibles ou de nature moins permanente vous permettent de prendre plus de risques? Éprouvez-vous de la nostalgie envers l’imprimé? Each work has its own issues, but materiality is always one.Take LOVE FROM NEW...
Vanessa Place: The Allegory and the Archive

Vanessa Place: The Allegory and the Archive

The Allegory and the Archive/ Vanessa Place But I must constantly repeat that I say all this in connection with repetition. Kierkegaard Je ne suis point la justice. PlaceWith luck, I ended yesterday on guilt and shame; now that you are in a proper frame of mind, we will consider—thankfully more briefly—allegory and the archive,...

Abstract/Concrete #2 — Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim

by derek beaulieu I first encountered Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim in Oslo in 2010 after brief discussions online. She had been in the audience for a series of talks by Kenneth Goldsmith the year before and their correspondence lead to Cecilie and I deciding that her work would be featured as part of the Visual Poetry...
The Artist Is Present: J. Mae Barizo on Marina Abramović

The Artist Is Present: J. Mae Barizo on Marina Abramović

By Melissa Bull I met J. Mae in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2007. We were both enrolled in writing classes with Summer Literary Seminars. J. Mae’s poetry workshop was in the classroom beside my fiction workshop, and we invariably arrived bleary-eyed to school each day, clutching our plastic cups of bitter koffe, nodding to one...
Sol Lewitt: Sentences on Conceptual Art

Sol Lewitt: Sentences on Conceptual Art

Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach. Rational judgements repeat rational judgements. Irrational judgements lead to new experience. Formal art is essentially rational. Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically. If the artist changes his mind midway through the execution of the piece he compromises the...

Between Page & Screen

You’ve never seen any book like this. I promise. The extremely talented Amaranth Borsuk has really re-imagined the book here. Follow her on Twitter. ‏@amaranthborsuk  
Candice Maddy en conversation avec / with Steve Giasson

Candice Maddy en conversation avec / with Steve Giasson

J’aurais envie de répondre comme Warhol : « ...I realized that everything I was doing must have been Death. » La mort m’obsède, mais je ne peux pas dire qu’elle « m’intéresse ». J’aime cette histoire de Freud qui raconte qu’il y a longtemps, un roi britannique, atterré par la mort de sa femme,...
Writing As Performance: An Interview with Chris Kraus

Writing As Performance: An Interview with Chris Kraus

Writer, filmmaker, and professor of film, Chris Kraus’ books include I Love Dick, Aliens & Anorexia, and Torpor. Her films include Gravity & Grace, How to Shoot a Crime, and The Golden Bowl, or, Repression. Kraus is the author of two books of art essays, and a frequent contributor to Artforum and Art in America....
Lucy Lippard: Conceptualism, Feminism, Activism

Lucy Lippard: Conceptualism, Feminism, Activism

Lucy R. Lippard from Artforum on Vimeo.
Vanessa Place: Two Rounds of Conversation

Vanessa Place: Two Rounds of Conversation

I first heard of Vanessa Place and Les Figues in a cab going from JFK to midtown. I was with fellow poet Christan Bok who had much to say about Place, the press, and the upcoming n/oulipo publication (a compendium of the noulipo conference). Then I saw the novel and was smitten. You’ll find a...

Making Art from Art

Making art from art has never been more exciting. Or, perhaps we just have so much to work with. And it seems to me that what conceptual art/writing does best is help us take scale into account. Such as we can take scale into account. Is this a non-lyric gesture? I would argue no, not...

1 Second a Day

1 Second Everyday – Age 30 from Cesar Kuriyama on Vimeo. Fabulous. I love this video.When I teach introduction to poetry I assign my students the task of writing one couplet a day. It sounds easy. It isn’t. They want to write poems. They want to write a complete thing. A couplet, I argue, is...

Zizek: Catastrophic But Not Serious

Can’t put the entire talk here. You need to click on “watch full program” below. Slavoj Zizek: Catastrophic But Not Serious from The Graduate Center, CUNY on FORA.tv

Geometry of Circles

Vanessa Place launches

I’ll drown my book

Kristin Prevallet reads Lisa Robertson & Stacy Doris

This was one of the most moving and dynamic readings. Like Julie Patton, Prevallet used the whole room, up into the balcony and down and around the room, shouting out the Robertson and Doris’ poem “The Feast,” which begins “All honour to the anal cavity” and ends “Oh, and thank you for your virginity…” and...

Giovanni Singleton

Caged Bird

Dodie Bellamy reads Kathy Acker

Highlights from Les Figues I’ll Drown My Book

Julie Patton does Marcella Durand’s Pastoral. Pastoral leaf and leaf and leaf and leaf and leaf and branch and leaf and leaf and leaf and leaf and leaf and postcard of greenish sunset and leaf and leaf and leaf and bag and twig and leaf and bee and leaf and leaf and branch and leaf...

Christian Marclay, Telephone

Donald Bartheleme, The Sentence

Or a long sentence moving at a certain pace down the page aiming for the bottom-if not the bottom of this page then some other page-where it can rest, or stop for a moment to think out the questions raised by its own (temporary) existence, which ends when the page is turned, or the sentence...

Visual Poetry: Ikea by Price

The Poetics of Data – Part 2: Translation and Analogy

In this series of posts, Jeff Thompson charts possible ways to re-contextualize data sets as poetic texts and the ways that writers, visual artists, and musicians have and are using data in their work. Through this shift of focus, “hard” data can be read, analyzed, critiqued, manipulated, and be inspiration or source. Continuing from part...

The Scientific Instruments in Holbein’s Ambassadors: A Re-Examination

fig 6. Vanessa Place, Los Angeles

The Scientific Instruments in Holbein’s Ambassadors: A Re-Examination

fig 5.Vanessa Place, Los Angeles

Michael Nardone: Some Versions of Furniture Music

Kenneth Goldsmith, on Satie: In the midst of an art opening at a Paris gallery in 1902, Ambient music was born. Erik Satie and his cronies, after begging everyone in the gallery to ignore them, broke out into what they called Furniture Music–that is, background music–music as wallpaper, music to be purposely not listened to....

The Scientific Instruments in Holbein’s Ambassadors: A Re-Examination

fig. 4Vanessa Place, Los Angeles

The Scientific Instruments in Holbein’s Ambassadors: A Re-Examination via Vanessa Place

fig. 2 Vanessa Place killed poetry. – anon. via Twitter Vanessa Place writes poetry, prose and art criticism; she is also a criminal lawyer and co-director of Les Figues Press. Her most recent work is available in French as Exposé des Faits, and in English as Statement of Facts.Of Vanessa Place and Robert Fitterman’s Notes on...

The Scientific Instruments in Holbein’s Ambassadors: A Re-Examination via Vanessa Place

The Scientific Instruments in Holbein’s Ambassadors: A Re-Examination Vision is ordered according to a mode that may generally be called the function of images. Anamorphosis is a distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to use special devices or occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image. “Ana – morphosis” comes from the Greek...

Correspondences: fifth in a series of posts from Michael Turner

With the Are Curators Unprofessional? symposium behind us, I would like to turn to the question of the visual art curator in relation to other media. Are there equivalents? And if so, are they as varied within their mediums as curation is to the visual arts? Consider the book editor. In big house publishing, the...

The Question of Appropriation or the Anxiety of Influence, in Either Case, Merely Scratching the Surface

On August 31, 2010 at 12:44 am New Orleanian wrote: In New Orleans we say We ain’t studyin’ about you On August 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm Sheera Talpaz wrote: For someone so self-righteously interested in equitability, Abe Young’s piece is wholly unjust to Ray McDaniel. In her piece, Young calls out McDaniel as a...

Sina Queyras talks to Jeff Thompson

LH: Tell me about the idea for this project, Jeff. How did it come about? JT: The Artforum Ad Project started in 2007, inspired by the Million Dollar Homepage and similar projects. The idea was to create both a singular artwork (a random conglomeration of lots of tiny pieces) and a way for lots of people...

How to do silence: a conversation with Vanessa Place

What is she reading? More than two minutes of silence, well, near silence, as Vanessa Place scans the page in front of her, one hand moving from page to body and back, occasionally looking up, making eye contact. I started our brief conversation about the performance she gave at the University of Greenwich earlier this...

Writing from the Contact Zone: Posthumanism in literature and theory

An essay review of: When Species Meet. By Donna Haraway. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. 423 pp. $24.95. The Lazarus Project. By Aleksandar Hemon. New York: Riverhead Books, 2008. 294 pp. $24.95. By Marianne Apostolides If God is dead and postmodernism has partied itself into Virtual exhaustion, where does that leave us in the...