Semiospectacle

Curated by  Mashinka Firunts

A verbal variet√© 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:
Vaginal Davis

Performances by:
Dr. Lucky
Shonni Enelow
Paolo Javier
Lord Whimsy
Danny Snelson
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.

See also:
Jordan Hruska, “Society of the Semiospectacle,” Art in America, March 24, 2010