Ekphrastic! reading series:
Our reading series, “Ekphrastic!” (Latin for "out speak" and meaning the portrayal of one work of art through a different medium--traditionally, through literature) is our effort to revivify the language arts for all artists, demonstrating that a poetry reading is not less captivating than other artistic displays, that it is a moment of critically (or beautifully, or experimentally) engaging with language.
To enact this, we solicit a handful of local artists to create a response in their own medium (painting, film, sound, installation, etc.) that is in conversation with work by contemporary writers. The resulting art pieces are exhibited, accompanying a reading by the writers whose work underwent reinterpretation. Our hope is that by exemplifying methods of actively engaging with poetry, we will foster a cycle of creativity that moves in both directions between the language and plastic arts.
Some past poets have included Cecil Giscombe, Gillian Conoley, Jessica Fischer, Kevin Killian, John Sakkis, Brian Ang.
The Bowerbird Treasury was a month long group show which explored the nature of collection. It featured original work by poets and artists, along with presentations from the members of the collective.
'Lectric Collective does America/ thereyet.me:
Incidental Footage: A Reading/ Screening on the Politics of Personal Media:
Statement from the event:
If propaganda is an aesthetic that refuses to be critical of itself, raw footage purports to be its opposite, an unmolested documentation of the real. But what is being represented? Consider the issue of framing: documentation ceases to be objective. We’d like to present a progression of footage with increasingly controlled (and controlling) frame structures.
Here we examine the proliferation of personal media-making. Personal recording devices are empowering aids to an increasingly visual reality, made rich and frenzied by its viewers and by its makers equally. This accessibility blurs the definition between producer and recipient, enabling a culture of immediacy and communicability. Due to this proliferation, digital recording has become tantamount to its predecessor in personal, reproducible communication technology: writing. This evening is an ecosystem of leveled realities.