Curated by Mashinka Firunts
A verbal varieté and performance program that represents an encounter between the academic lecture hall, the poet’s theater, and the vaudeville house. Its players cut across the disciplinary boundaries of scholarship, pedagogy, poetics, and performance. Illusionists expose the parlor trick of transparent speech, conjuring floating signifiers that levitate forty-four feet above the floor. Costumes sewn from three million majuscules burst at the semes.
Screening and performance by:
Jeremy JF Thompson
Steno Pool Participants: Leesa Abahuni | Nicole Abahuni | Jen Zak | Kristen Rhea van Liew | Fyodor Pavlov | Lawrence Gullo | Kyle Hittmeier | Lindsay Comstock
Musical Accompaniment by: Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators
Intertitular Tap by: The Minsky Sisters
Photography by: Don Spiro
Co-sponsored by: Ugy Duckling Presse, a nonprofit art & publishing collective focusing on new poetry, translations, lost works, and artist’s books. The Presse favors emerging, international, and forgotten writers with well-defined formal or conceptual projects that are difficult to place at other presses. Its publications employ a variety of handmade elements, calling attention to the labor and history of bookmaking.
Jordan Hruska, “Society of the Semiospectacle,” Art in America, March 24, 2010