Electricity is on the move. So, too, is language. The 'Lectric Collective is interested in orchestrating collisions between the language arts and other art forms, to re-establish a kinetic relationship among them, and to ignite artistic mobility through its diverse contemporary vehicles. We are devoted to process and the healthy continuation of artistic junctions.

Together, the collective has written one collaborative chapbook (One Hundred), a short play (Breadsongs), has created a variety of visual works, and curated a number of events, detailed on the PROJECTS page.

The collective was formed by Jillian Roberts, Kelsa Trom, and Sarah Rothberg in March 2010. They once resided happily together in Oakland, CA and are now scattered between San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn.

May 4, 2010

Ekphrastic, Fantastic, Thermoplastic

Everything is coming together beautifully for our first event (which Jill has ingeniously titled "Ekphrastic!"). The artists have been responding really well to the poems we've sent to them; we're getting anxious to see everyone's final pieces. From what we've heard, they seem pretty spectacular.

Saturday we took a little field trip to Krowswork to look at the new exhibit, "Closer Than They Appear." We were met by owner Jasmine Moorhead, who was sunbathing with her computer, looking rather picturesque in the white lot next to the gallery. All of us were really pleased with the works that were up, which included photographs by Ryan C. Smith and videos by William Eggleston and Sade Huron. Smith and Huron's work will be on display alongside our event, so everyone who attends will have the chance to check it out for themselves.

We also met briefly with Lisa Robertson at her recent reading at University Press Books. She read from her newest book, R's Boat, which is an extension of her chapbook Rousseau's Boat and is, like, mindblowingly beautiful. After the reading, Kelsa asked Lisa about the use of spaces in her work, whether they were specific locations or landscapes from her imagination. She gave her answer, which was disarming in its simplicity: that spaces, to her, are surfaces. I found myself hitching on to her mentions of time, which she seems to use as a mutable entity, yet much like her surfaces, time remains oddly particular. Hearing her read the text was illuminating, and we're looking forward to hearing more at our event.

In other news, we've printed out flyers (which, apparently, can also be spelled "fliers") and are posting them around town. Feel free to print some out yourself and put them wherever you want. Especially public places, in time, and on surfaces both real and imaginary.