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Animated Listening May 20

Animated Listening

A workshop in the Reanimation Library
in residence at Pioneer Books/Pioneer Works

In this listening and writing workshop, we will investigate the Reanimation Library for its sonic and poetic potential. Beginning with a listening practice inspired by the work of composer Pauline Oliveros, we will turn to the library as a source of improvisational material—“playing” the library to each other by reading aloud. In this rich field of audible language we will explore transcription techniques to create written works and visual scores.

This workshop is one in a series of monthly programs that activates the Reanimation Library, a collection of obscure or out-of-print publications housed at Pioneer Books.

Price: Free with RSVP

Audience: Open to all.

Location: Pioneer Books
289 Van Brunt St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

More info: Pioneer Works

Reanimation Library

The Reanimation Library is an independent presence library.* The books in the collection—simultaneously prosaic and peculiar—are relics of the rapidly receding 20th century. Chosen primarily for the images that they contain, they have been culled from thrift stores, rummage sales, flea markets, municipal dumps, library sales, give-away piles, and used bookstores across the country.


*Presence library is a mistranslation of the German word for reference library, Präsenzbibliothek. In addition to being a non-circulating collection, the library encourages IRL encounters with actual books and actual humans.


Mildred's Lane Summer 2018

Attention Lab with The Order of the Third Bird
August 6-12 2018
(Send a letter of interest ASAP)

I’ll be returning to the beautiful Mildred’s Lane in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania, for another summer session with The Order of the Third Bird. There are just a couple of spots still open if you’d like to join us.

Attention Lab

In this week-long session, indiscreet associates of The Order of the Third Bird (including D. Graham Burnett, Jeff Dolven, Jac Mullen, Leonard Nalencz, Jessica Palinski Sal Randolph and David Richardson) will continue their investigations into experimental protocols of Practical Aesthesis and methods of Sustained Attention (in particular towards works of art). The Attention Lab is part guerrilla seminar and part meditative and kinetic practicum. A discipline of the senses is pursued. Temporary metempsychosis may occur, but must not become permanent. Training a keen eye on the process by which aesthetic experience comes into language, we will ask how it is that an object might exceed its accidents, and follow out the resultant political and ethical imperatives. Beginning with available traditions and protocols of the Order, the group’s aim will be to develop and test new experimental practices of attention.

Mildred’s Lane

MILDRED’S LANE is a rustic, 96-acre site deep in the woods of rural northeastern Pennsylvania, in the upper Delaware River Valley, which borders New York state. It is an ongoing collaboration between J. Morgan Puett, Mark Dion, their son Grey Rabbit Puett, and their friends and colleagues. It is a home and an experiment in living. Mildred’s Lane attempts to  coevolve a rigorous pedagogical strategy, where a working-living-researching environment has been developed to foster engagement with every aspect of life.

The entire site has become a living museum, or rather – a new contemporary art complex(ity). It is now important to sidestep the debates around what is art (or design, architecture and fashion) in order to activate these turbulent multiplicities. It is more a question of praxis and action, is it in an institution? Storefront? A gallery? Deep in the woods? At Home?

The Mildred’s Lane site is a home where the Artist/Practitioner, the Student and the Institution have collapsed roles as they attempt to coevolve with an emergent strategy. In conversations with friends and colleagues – who teach and administer theory and practice in a variety of institutions– the frustrations and limitations of conventional, visual art programs and other pedagogies become apparent. However, there is a new excitement to explore alternatives to the way we research-work-live. Mildred’s Lane welcomes this “new age of curiosity” by activating connections that situate themselves at the nexus of science, methods of living, environmental activism, transhistorical and critical artistic practices. This unusual situation affords participants the ability to collaborate in the production of large-scale, socially charged, research- driven projects within a truly transdisciplinary environment. Woven into the project work is a curriculum based on creatively and experimentally living and working together – what we call workstyles. These valuable collaborations are designed to become shared experiences that hope to have transformative and lifelong effects on how artists think of themselves as practitioners functioning in the world.

Apply by May 15 at mildredslane.com


Sound American

I’m deeply delighted to be part of Sound American 17: Networks of Listening.

Follow the link and you’ll find a conversation between me and the wonderful Audra Wolowiec, plus a listening text in response to Eliane Radigue’s Lîle Re-Sonante.

Sound American 17: Networks of Listening


A Letter in The Rumpus

I wrote A Letter to My Male Friends Who May Not Know That They Are Women, about waking up female on November 9, in the immediate aftermath of the election.

Dearest loves,

As you are, I am stricken. I am devastated. I am unmade.

We have all felt a terrible blow. And yet, of course, we all feel it differently, and have different understandings of what has befallen us, and what is to come. What I fear now is that the extent of my sorrow and devastation will seem unaccountable to many who are close to me. That this terrible thing that has happened to all of us will divide me from those I hold most dear. I feel I must write to you, my closest and most important friends, so that when we are together you can understand why I am so changed.

I woke up on the morning of November 9 with a new body. The first thing I discovered, and it’s been a surprise, is that I am female. I stood in the bathroom and looked at my breasts in the mirror. How strange that these familiar shapes now mean something new.

Read more on The Rumpus


Game of Art at Game Night

I’m delighted bring the Game of Art to Game Night at Denny Gallery.

Denny Gallery
261 Broome Street, NY
October 18, 2016
6:30-9:30 PM

Game Night #5 will explore the theme of language with artists Sal Randolph, Chloe Bass, Sharang Biwas, and Max Seidman. Game Night, generously hosted by Denny Gallery, is organized by Anna Harsanyi and Sheetal Prajapati.

The Game of Art

The Game of Art is an instructional artwork exploded into an atomic state and reimagined as a game. Could there be a system that expressed every possible artwork as its instruction? A vast library of possibilities? Players in the Game of Art take on shifting roles as “artists” and “critics,” pitting themselves against each other in an attempt to imagine new possible and impossible works of art.

See also: Library of Art


Out Table Open House 9/17-9/18

Join us at the dispersed holdings library table in joyful, unofficial observance of the 2016 New York Art Book Fair. We are celebrating one of our favorite events by releasing our new book, Ever: Notes Towards a Dispersed Holding.

Out Table: Open House

Saturday & Sunday: 9/17 & 9/18

Noon to 9pm

134 Bowery, 3S

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Reading at WordHack 9/15

I’m excited to be reading from & Drift at WordHack.

September 15, 7-10PM
137 W 14th St, New York, New York 10011

WordHack is a monthly evening of performances and talks exploring the intersection of language and technology. Code poetry, digital literature, e-lit, language games, coders interested in the creative side, writers interested in new forms writing can take, all are welcome here.

We also have an OPEN PROJECTOR (like an open mic for digital work) where anyone can come up and show their work (for 5 minutes). Signup starts at 6:45, and will fill up so get here early! Performers start at 7:15.

This month we will feature talks and performances by:
SAL RANDOLPH (http://salrandolph.com/)
LAM THUY VO (http://lamivo.com/)
KEVIN ROARK JR. (http://www.kevinroark.com/)

Host: TODD ANDERSON (http://hotwriting.net/)
Lead Organizer: CLAIRE DONATO (http://somanytumbleweeds.com/)


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ESTAR(SER) Symposium at MJT

Announcing the 2016 ESTAR SER Joint Symposium held in conjunction with the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles.

September 10, 2016.

Museum of Jurassic Technology


Dear Frank in Otoliths

I’m delighted that five poems to Frank O’Hara are in the 10th anniversary of Otoliths, Issue 41, Southern Autumn 2016

[ from Dear Frank ]


Dispersed Holdings

Dispersed Holdings is now on Soundcloud. Just a taste of a new project that has been in the works – more to come.

Set recorded live with Sal Randolph, David Richardson, and Audra Wolowiec, at Audra Wolowiec’s studio, November 8, 2015.

[ Dispersed Holdings on Soundcloud ]


Transgression and Syncretism in Korea

ESTAR (SER) presented a lecture performance as part of Transgression and Syncretism curated by You Mi at the Asian Arts Theater in Gwangju, Korea

The Trochilus Exercise: Marton Bialek and the Ecstasy of the Rülek Scrolls
A Performance Lecture and Workshop with ESTAR (SER)

New evidence strongly suggests that the Francophone Transylvanian philologist-explorer Marton Bialek (1889-1966) was an associate of The Order of the Third Bird, and that his work with syncretistic central-Asian trance texts known as the Rülek Scrolls drew on, and contributed to, his preoccupations with the Order. Scholars with an interest in these matters will present a brief biography and reveal Bialek’s fascinating Exercise of the Trochilus, a formal protocol for sustained attention to a work of art. Guided collective experimentation will be encouraged. All are welcome, regardless of their knowledge of Bird practices.

About ESTAR (SER): The Esthetical Society for Transcendental and Applied Realization (now incorporating the Society of Esthetic Realizers) is an established body of private, independent scholars who work collectively to recover, scrutinize, and (where relevant) draw attention to the historicity of the Order of the Third Bird. (www.estarser.net)

About “The Order of the Third Bird”: There remains some confusion about the history and practices of the body known as The Order of the Third Bird, but evidence points to its having been for some time a loose network of cell-like groups that engage in ritualized forms of sustained attention to works of art. The canons of secrecy around these activities — their structure and purposes — have traditionally been sufficiently restrictive as to leave some doubt as to whether any individual professing knowledge of the Order could in fact be genuinely associated therewith.

The “Trochilus/Rülek Working Group” includes D. Graham Burnett, Carla Nappi, Sal Randolph, Bruce Rusk, and Catherine Hansen.


Flusserian Apparatus in Berlin

ESTAR presented a lecture performance at the Akademie der Künst, Berlin as part of the finissage of the exhibition Without Firm Ground, Vilém Flusser and the Arts

Into the Universe of Technical History: An Expedition to the Fluvial Origin of the Apparatus in Brazil, 1825-1835

Lyric philosopher Vilém Flusser (1920-1991), the “rootless” exile who lived much of his life in Brazil, has been celebrated for his prescient vision of contemporary experience as dominated by the hallucinatory effect of “technical images” (pictures produced by “apparatuses” such as the camera, the computer, and now the smart phone). Created in the obscured chamber of the “black box,” these images can enspell if not properly decoded. Clues, in the form of a group of extraordinary objects recently uncovered in the “W Cache,” suggest the possibility of recovering from the historical archive lost methods of metempsychotic engagement with the apparatus and somatic attunement with its programatic codes. These boxes lead upriver in space and time to the fluvial origins of the photographic apparatus in Brazil during the years 1825-1835, and figure in a set of attentional rituals directed towards early technical images apprehended in the act of their enchantment.

The research consortium ESTAR (SER) will present its findings and further activate these recovered practices in a brief experiential workshop.



Free Money at Wave Pool Cincinnati

I Work Hard For My Money, November 28 – January 2

Wave Pool
2940 Colerain Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45225

Opening: November 28, 7-10PM

I Work Hard For My Money, an exhibition exploring the relationship between artistic labor and monetary value opens November 28th at Wave Pool

Focusing on the association between art and capital, this exhibition investigates ways to talk about money through artistic practice. The exhibit includes works by Nina Caporale, Lauren diCioccio, JEFF&GORDON, Sal Randolph, Jeremiah Jenkins, and Kevin White.

Local artist Nina Caporale will be presenting a series of new work in which she has painstakingly hand beaded a series of plush IKEA objects. She has recorded the number of labor hours it took her to create these items and then asks viewers to decide for themselves how much the pieces are worth. The series calls into question the value of labor. Are the pieces worth the same small wage per hour of artistic labor that the IKEA factory workers are paid to create them? Or are they worth the minimum wage in Ohio? Or perhaps some other artistic value is placed on them because they live as art pieces?

Lauren DiCioccio and Jeremiah Jenkins, both San Francisco Bay Area artists, both use ubiquitous items of day-to-day life to draw attention to and further derive meaning from these objects. DiCioccio’s pieces in this show focus on the monotonous quality of currency, heightening these objects through hand embroidery in a way that is both playful and intimate. Jenkins has several works in the show that use actual modes of currency (credit cards and check books) to create altogether different items to create surprising connections and messages regarding the financial system.

New York based artist Sal Randolph is more interested in the social interactions that come when money is involved. Her work, Free Money, which will be featured in the exhibition, calls into question the etiquette surrounding “free” money and uses a social practice format to explore this issue.

JEFF&GORDON and Kevin White both have works in the show that examine artistic labor as work. JEFF&GORDON, an artist duo from Los Angeles, created an 8 hour film which condenses their full workday as artists into a typical 8 hour work day. Their “workday”, which includes art making, administrative duties, teaching, and other jobs overtakes their entire day, from the time they wake up until the time they go to bed. This film reflects on what it means to be an artist and how the standard 8 hour work day that labor unions fought for does not apply to the life of a working artist.

Kevin White, a local Cincinnati artist, typically works a standard work day at his studio at Visionaries and Voices. He work evolves and changes daily as his creations take over and alter the immediate environment that surrounds him in a riot of color and pattern. During the course of the exhibition, White will be using a portion of the Wave Pool gallery as his studio space. The space will evolve and change throughout the course of the exhibition and his laborious artistic practice will become part of the exhibition, epitomizing the avowal that art is work.

The exhibition opens on November 28th at Wave Pool from 7-10pm and will remain on view until January 3rd, 2016. Wave Pool is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 12-5pm.

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ESTAR(SER) December 3 at Harvard

Thursday, December 3, 2015
The Nachtigall Convolute: Metempsychotic Figuration and the Matter of Lost Objects

Leventritt Lecture
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

At this compelling performance-lecture, members of the ESTAR (SER) research consortium will explore the group of mysterious documents known as the “Nachtigall Convolute”—ambiguous but remarkable materials that appear to detail the strange activities of an intimate sodality of scholars, artists, and intellectuals based in Istanbul in the early 1940s. Willing attendees will have an opportunity to experiment with the techniques of “figuration” that seem to be at issue in these puzzling sources.

A bundle of 22 sheets rolled into a tube and tied with twine, the Nachtigall Convolute derives its name from a shared saliency of the documents thusly cylindricated: the majority allude conspicuously to an unnamed personage by means of a fetching cryptonym—to wit, “Nachtigall” (the German term for that familiar and musical bird known in English as the nightingale). Do these materials bear on the historicity of the Order of the Third Bird? It seems likely. Did this cosmopolitan cohort engage in ritualized practices of sustained attention to made things? There is evidence they did. And is it possible that their activities included the hitherto unattested effort to attend to an object not actually present—which is to say, a “missing” or “lost” object? Here is where things become urgent.

ESTAR (SER) is an established body of private, independent scholars who work collectively to recover, scrutinize, and (where relevant) draw attention to the historicity of the Order of the Third Bird. The “Nachtigall Convolute Working Group” for this occasion consists of D. Graham Burnett (Princeton University), Jeff Dolven (Princeton University), Catherine Hansen (American University of Beirut), Yasemin Nur (an Istanbul-based artist), and Sal Randolph (a Brooklyn-based artist).

This program is presented in conjunction with the Harvard Art Museums’ forthcoming special exhibition From the Philosophy Chamber: Harvard’s Lost Collection, 1766–1820.

The event will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level.

Free admission. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

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Poem in Dream Closet

I’m so pleased to have a poem in the wonderful new book, Dream Closet, edited by Matthew Burgess and just out with Secretary Press.

Meditations on childhood space

Edited by Matthew Burgess

Fresh off the press is our new title Dream Closet: Meditations on Childhood Space edited by Matthew Burgess. Burgess, a poet, children’s book author, and magical thinker, has brought together 50 writers and visual artists to respond to the topic of childhood spaces. These small spaces may be sites of solitary reverie, of privacy, of escape, of aesthetic or erotic self-discovery, of queer self-identification, of reading, of making; with each contributor interpreting the topic in their own way.

See the beautiful animated trailer by Matthew Sandager here.

Secretary Press


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