Document 45: I Saw (New York)

New York, 16–18 September 2016

Friday, September 16

Erica Hunt
Marty Ehrlich
Kit Robinson
Alan Bernheimer
Miles Champion
Michael Lally

Ted Greenwald Memorial Reading

Saturday, September 17

Benjamin Coopersmith

Urban gardens, Lower East Side
East River Walk

Rashid Johnson @ Hauser & Wirth W 18 Street
Oscar Murillo @ David Zwirner W 19 Street
Wu Jian’an @ Chambers Fine Art W 19 Street
Maleko Mokgosi @ Jack Shainman W 20 Street
Fred Sandback @ David Zwirner W 20 Street
… More

Ted Greenwald Memorial
Poetry Project, St. Mark’s Church
16 September 2016

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Abby Greenwald
Lee Finkle
Maggie Greenwald
Alan Bernheimer
Charles Bernstein
Alan Davies
… More

Berlin, 6–12 September 2016
Tuesday, September 6

Donna Stonecipher
Florian Werner

Wednesday, September 7

Ulf Stolterfoht

Belladonna of Sadness, dir. Eiichi Yamamoto (Babylon Mitte)

Thursday, September 8

Berlin Biennale 9 (Kunstwerk, Akademie der Künste, ESMT)

High-Rise, dir. Ben Wheatley (Central Mitte)

Friday, September 9

Suzanne Reumschüssel, Industriesalon, Oberschöneweide

Kai Mailander @ Martin Mertens

… More

Association for the Study
of the Arts of the Present (ASAP)
University of Tartu, Estonia
2–6 September 2016

Johannes Göransson
Carla Harryman
Myka Tucker-Abramson
Joel Tyler Nickels
Joseph Jeon
Jonathan Eburne
Brian McHale
Jaak Tomberg
Märten Rattasepp
Agnes Neier
… More

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Free Speech Movement
Ansel Adams
Allen Ginsberg
Black Panther Party
Robert Duncan
W.S. Merwin
Denise Levertov
Robert Creeley
Robert Grenier
1–10: “Non-Events”
… More

Entry 25: 17 Reasons Why!

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Reason 1: Language writing should not be understood in merely formalist terms.

Reason 2: It is a consequence of the cultural logic of the period(s) in which it was written and has its influence.

Reason 3: But, we must ask, what is a cultural logic, and how many of them are there to name?

Reason 4: If Enlightenment is a cultural logic, not just an abstract universal, the poetics of this situation are yet to be found out.

Reason 5: It is not exaggerating to claim these debates have scarcely been engaged, and will continue past publication of this volume.

Reason 6: The relation of Language writing to identity is a major motivation, as is the question of free speech as liberationist goal. … More

Entry 24: 17 Reasons Why!

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17 Reasons Why! 

“17 Reasons Why!” is a key site in the cognitive map of San Francisco during the period in which Language writing emerged, the 1970s. The cryptic formula, for which no adequate explanation has been given, overlooked the Mission District at the intersection of 17th and Mission—and yet also seemed hardly to be there. Its address was always already iterative and non sequitur, always a prompt for questioning. I left the Bay Area before it came down in 2000, but it has a solid place in the firmament of urban legend, as in this article, from which we learn: “The 17 did refer to the fact the store stood on the corner of 17th Street. But what were the reasons? ‘People would ask what the 17 reasons were, and we would guff it off. There were no 17 reasons,’ [the former owner’s son] said.”

[To be contd.]

Announcing publication of
Questions of Poetics: Language Writing

and Consequences

 

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Questions of Poetics is full-on Watten, a book with sharp edges, relentless intelligence, and an unwavering conviction that the arts have serious work to do.”
—Peter Nicholls, author, George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism

Questions of Poetics represents a major statement by one of the highest profile poet-critics of the day. Its arguments concerning genre, form, particularity, and negativity represent a solid, easily grasped, portable way of thinking about the ongoingness of the avant-garde, its continual diversification and reinvention. Moreover, Watten offers a persuasive reappraisal of Language writing and its place in American literary history.”
—Brian Reed, author, Nobody’s Business: TwentyFirst Century Avant-Garde Poetics

Official release date: September 1, 2016. For the University of Iowa Press flyer, see here; for ordering options, see here.