[-empyre-] Related to digital poetry: 'flarf' and 'conceptual writing'

Jim Andrews jim at vispo.com
Thu Mar 19 07:47:40 EST 2009

Thought I'd forward this from the Poetics list (Buffalo). Ken Goldsmith, by 
the way, is the creator of http://ubu.com .



On Friday, April 17 the Whitney Museum of American Art presents eight
poets associated with two cutting-edge movements in contemporary
poetry: the Flarf Collective and Conceptual Writing. The followers of
both movements employ technology to create their works, often using
strategies familiar to the visual arts: appropriation, falsification,
insincerity, and plagiarism.  Fusing the avant-garde impulses of the
last century with the technologies of the present, these strategies
propose an expanded field for twenty-first century poetry. This new
writing is not bound exclusively between pages of a book; it
continually morphs from printed page to webpage, from gallery space
to science lab, from social spaces of poetry readings to social
spaces of blogs. It is a poetics of flux, celebrating instability and

Featured poets are Christian Bök, Nada Gordon, Kenneth Goldsmith,
Sharon Mesmer, K. Silem Mohammad, Kim Rosenfield, Gary Sullivan and
Darren Wershler.

This event was conceived and organized by poet Kenneth Goldsmith on
the occasion of the Jennny Holzer exhibition PROTECT PROTECT.
Reading begins at 7, and is free with Museum Admission, which is pay-
what-you-wish during Whitney After Hours on Fridays from 6-9 pm.
Advance reservations are recommended. Tickets may be reserved at the
Museum Admissions desk or online at http://www.whitney.org.
Inquiries: (212) 570-7715 or public_programs at whitney.org/

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