Saturday, June 12, 2010

Annoucing Not Content

We are very happy to announce NOT CONTENT, a series of text projects curated by Les Figues Press as part of the year-long initiative PUBLIC INTEREST at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). Concentrated in the summer season (June 21-September 30), and extending, to a lesser degree, through the fall, winter and spring, NOT CONTENT brings together an international group of writers who will be “in-residence” at LACE. The writers will investigate the ways in which language functions within public and private spheres and within the tenuous space between these real and imagined realms.

Please join us for the Summer Solstice Kickoff on Monday, June 21, 2010 from 8-10 PM, featuring work and/or performances by the first three writers-in-residence Douglas Kearney, Vanessa Place, and Divya Victor.

LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
6522 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Douglas Kearney: June 21-July 12. COVERAGE: Drawing from BOOM, MESS and SPILL, each with its own language, COVERAGE will overflow and choke, creating its own mess of gulfs. Maybe you should clean it up, huh? Tag, you're it. What's the story of what just happened here?

Poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney's first full-length collection of poems Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second manuscript, The Black Automaton, was chosen by Catherine Wagner for the National Poetry Series and published by Fence Books in 2009. In 2008, he was honored with a Whiting Writers Award. An Idyllwild and Cave Canem fellow, Kearney has performed his poetry at the Public Theatre, Orpheum, and The World Stage. His poems have appeared in journals such as Callaloo, jubilat, nocturnes, Ninth Letter, Washington Square and Gulf Coast. Born in Brooklyn, now living in California's San Fernando Valley, he has a BA from Howard University and an MFA in Writing from the California Institute of the Arts, where he now teaches courses in African American poetry, myth, hip hop and opera.

Vanessa Place: June 21-July 19. STATEMENT OF FACTS: A poetic self-appropriation from Place's legal appellate briefs, STATEMENT OF FACTS sets forth, in narrative form, the evidence of the crime as presented at trial. What is a fact?

Of Vanessa Place and Robert Fitterman’s Notes on Conceptualisms, Mary Kelly said, “I learned more about the impact of conceptualism on artists and writers than I had from reading so-called canonical works on the subject.” Place is also author of Dies: A Sentence, La Medusa, and The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law, based on her work as an attorney representing indigent sex offenders on appeal. Place is co-director of Les Figues Press, and a regular contributor to X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly. Her most recent work is forthcoming in French by éditions è®e, as Exposé des Faits, and in English by Blanc Press, as the triology, Statement of Facts, Statement of the Case, and Argument.

Divya Victor: June 21-July 12. HELLOCASTS: A re-transcription of Charles Reznikoff’s book Holocaust, a poetic composition that appropriates the transcriptions from the speech of witnesses at the Eichmann and Nuremberg trials, into the shape of Hello Kitty. Part cartoon cat, part ubiquitous icon of popular pleasures, part branding of mouthless feminine forms, part symptom of our collective enthrallment with the cutely dependent and the seductively silent.

Divya Victor is from India, Singapore, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Buffalo. She has a Masters from Temple University and is a PhD. candidate in the English Department at SUNY Buffalo. Her work has appeared in ambit: journal of poetry and poetics, XConnect, ixnay reader 3, dusie, President's Choice, P-QUEUE and Drunken Boat. Her recent chapbooks are SUTURES (Little Red Leaves) and Hellocasts By Charles Reznikoff by Divya Victor by Vanessa Place (ood Press).

Other writers-in-residence for the summer cycle of NOT CONTENT include Jenny Donovan and Gaby Torres, Maxi Kim, Amina Cain and Jennifer Karmin, Mathew Timmons, Yedda Morrison, Johanna Drucker, Marco Huerta, Sawako Nakayasu, and Christine Wertheim.

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