Saturday, April 17, 2010

Poetics of Distribution, Metadata as Poesis: Tan Lin’s 7CV @ EDIT: Processing Network Publishing (@ Harriet)


"Tags: a poetics that foregrounds problems of data description/retrieval, Additionally, an impromptu workshop will be created (picture a nerdier version of Warhol's Factory), and Gordon Tapper, and the status of the book as an administered object., April 21 on the UPenn campus, as well as Lin's lively interview with Katherine Elaine Sanders at BOMB, blurbs, book arts, Danny Snelson, Danny Snelson has organized an evening to celebrate Tan Lin's recent book publication, Dual Language (Chinese/English) Edition, EDIT: Processing Network Publishing., etc.), graphic design, I include a lengthy excerpt from the interview below., I recommend checking out Lin's Tumblr site, In place of a book launch the event Wednesday seeks to enact and extend a poetics of distribution and/or metadata. Which is to say, In preparation for the event, information distribution, itself a kind of laboratory for a poetics of metadata, Kanban Board/Post-Its, Kristen Gallagher, library science, Lin has been conducting an extensive interview with Christopher W. Alexander, literary theory, Appendix, media studies, micro lecture, PDF, Powerpoint, Q&A (xerox) and a film.", Selectric II interview, Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. The Joy of Cooking [or SVC] through his event series, This coming Wednesday, Through the event, which will be published in its entirety on Wednesday. To give some sense of how Lin himself is thinking about 7CV in relation to the 'future of the book' (a problem which persists across poetics/poetr, which will extend the book through hand-made printed objects as well as digital ones. As the release for the event describes: "[...] the EDIT staff will accompany Tan Lin in the reauthoring and republ, wine/cheese reception"

If Not For This Ocean

And having found
The plane in chunks
Those track marks
Upon what dawn

Comfort us confront
The world with
The things that
Should have been

If not for this ocean
Between consequence
And actions what
Gives life to us

If not for this ocean
Between conscience
And what survives
The dead as wreckage
Revived by semblance.

Without Walls: Kyle Schlesinger Edits ABR


For my contribution to Schlesinger’s gallery, I chose to write on three small presses prominent thruout the aughts (Krupskaya, Factory School, and Palm Press), in terms of my sense of those presses’ "activism." Before my discussion of the presses themselves, I discuss at some length how I see small presses working in general via an activist function in relation to larger, ‘mainstream’ (i.e., hegemonic) cultural discourse. To what extent do the other bloggers here (or readers for that matter) see the press acting to effect socio-political transformation? Given the fate of off-line publishing, how does one view the future of small press activism on the web, and via print on demand and other electronic and psuedo-electronic media? What is the relation between printed matter and the expression of a particular socio-political content and/or idea? How can the book and/or printed matter give way to needed change?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

For Us

Park rots, the possible hope
That it will bring us anything else

Things turn to metaphors
(easier to imagine)
Our ideas become materialized by time

The curation of the museum in contrast
To the neglect of the world

Yet traces social relation
Yet traces the products of culture

For the sake of any one
The good no one needed.


If the buildings stacked
Up on the shore of our perpetrated
Language materialized as what
We could have been

Those you missed the things
You missed in their firstnesses they would seem
To step from out of some portion of the blame
They would say we are actually missed*

How we work would not be whole
Not what we produce or legislate
How this will have been

The only place we could be
Or see so we are called from
Wrecks to light dreaming.

* Some time still seems to be missing us

Creative Speaking: Fiona Templeton (@ Harriet)


"Reading Templeton’s work for over a decade, and attending a handful of her performances in recent years, Templeton’s work is highly original for its process, which uses movement–and speech-based movement primarily–as the principal means of composition. In a tradition which encompasses border ballad, folk song, traditional theatrical elocution, improvisation, Socratic peripatetics, and post-Beat (Burroughs, Ginsberg) composition via tape recorder, Templeton is led by a writing which is simultaneously speech and vice versa–what we would say if we ever knew what we were going say during the discontinuous present of performed utterance. What occurs through Templeton’s poetics is a radical intention defying the autonomy of speech and writing and proving creative expression once again to issue from embodied conditions."

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tan Lin Metadata Extravaganza


Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. The Joy of Cooking is Tan Lin’s latest book, or rather, it’s three or four books in one, linked by a Google search, a dilemma, and a tourist’s itinerary. Lin provides a provocative answer to our reading conundrum in a post-book world of Web 2.0: he makes everything into a book.

In a book filled with photos from flea markets, bar codes, and meta data tags, Lin traces the movement from reading books to reading everything everywhere: text messages, RSS feeds, your status updates on Facebook, the Company blog, tapas recipes, Yelp and Netflix user reviews, scribbles on electonic Post-It notes, tags on Flickr, fluttering balloons, and aisle signs.

What used to be called non-reading is the new reading. Lin—an intellectual trickster of a very high order—has written a book that defies categorization. It traps beauty in a bar code, on the back of a moist towelette, and in recipes for moo goo gai pan.

AND ON APRIL 21st 2010, as part of 'EDIT: Processing Network Publishing', organized by Danny Snelson at the Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia,

the EDIT staff will accompany Tan Lin in the reauthoring and republication of SCV on the spot in multiple formats.

The event will begin at 1pm and conclude at 7pm. A reception and Q&A is scheduled for 6pm. The works to be published include

Handmade book, PDF, Appendix, Powerpoint, Kanban Board/Post-Its, Blurbs, Dual Language (Chinese/English) Edition, micro lecture, Selectric II interview, wine/cheese reception, Q&A (xerox) and a film.

“Edit: Strategizing Writing Technologies,” organized by Danny Snelson, focuses on editorial strategies and textual conditions in contemporary writing. It is a roving events series pairing innovative performances with focused critical responses toward an exploration of editorial strategies in contemporary writing and the arts. From reframing techniques in conceptual writing to live processing in new media performance, editorial issues of mediated composition seem increasingly pressing.

The events series is distributed in diverse locations around Philadelphia—from institutions such as Slought and the Kelly Writer’s House to smaller venues and galleries throughout the city. An extended argument of editorial theory will relate these diverse locations, with each event expanded online and occasionally drawn together in print or other media.