9.18.2010

Marble Goddesses with Technicolor Skins
Corinne Robins
Segue, 2000

I started a review of this book a long time ago. I never finished it. There are stunning moments in these words which are a melding of feeling and visuals poured into words ("a box within a box / a painted sky canopy protecting"), of words used for the felt sense, the tangible artistic experience, but different from the New York School ("Hope transforms into architecture..."). A lot of the rhetoric to get airborne should go, leaving this beautiful poetry, the generous observer who is informed and informing.
CALL NOW! to participate in The Arc of Noise, one of the largest collaborative sound poetry choirs ever! Watch the video score here, call (323) 843-4652 or (323) TIE-IN-LA to contribute. You can listen to a track from the album, The Archanoids then leave a message that follows the score by hitting play on the video at the beep, you may also press 1 twice to skip straight to leaving a message.

You can read a write up of The Archanoids by Joshua Morrison at Fine Arts LA and a note at TRY HARDER. Shana Nys Dambrot of flavorpill says, “Mathew Timmons is a hard-core collaborator with no regard for traditional boundaries when it comes to mixing media and even entire genres. … Listen, speak, repeat as necessary.”

The Archanoids
an album of solo and collaborative sound poetries 2005-2010
$10 + S&H

Insert Press in collaboration with 323 Projects and Pleonasm Music is pleased to present The Archanoids, an album of solo and collaborative sound poetries, 2005-2010.

The Archanoids will exist as the inaugural exhibition of 323 Projects a phone gallery visited by calling (323) 843-4652 or (323) TIE-IN-LA. The show is open all day and all night, every day of the week from September 6-October 11, 2010. Featuring all the recordings from the album, 323 Projects phone gallery will present a new track from the album every other day and invite callers to participate in a collective sound poem by leaving a message and following an online score.

Pleonasm Music, the net-label run by Christian Cummings, An independent musical community of uncategorizable avant-weird living room minstrels par excellence, will release a free downloadable selection of tracks from the album.

Insert Press is releasing the full album including a 32 page booklet of scores and written work from the album which can be purchased only through Insert Press for $10 + S&H.

The Archanoids

Composers (in the order they appear): Robert Darry, Mathew Timmons, Hugo Ball, Gertrude Stein, Christian Bök, Kurt Schwitters, Theodor Seuss Geisel, Luigi Russolo, Claude Gauvreau, Janine Armin, Giacomo Balla & F. T. Marinetti

Performers (in the order they appear): Robert Darry, Mathew Timmons, Sandy Ding, Harold Abramowitz, js makkos, Gary Barwin, Gregory Betts, Janine Armin, Amaranth Borsuk, Amina Cain, Allison Carter, Kate Durbin, Gabriela Jauregui, Stephanie Taylor, Donato Mancini & Christine Wertheim.

Remixes by last nights of paris. Album mixed by Patrick Navarre.

Programming / Audio Engineering of The Arc of Noise collaborative sound poem by Dan Richert.
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And Google is launching a new reader in China called Editions.

9.17.2010

On Dream Street
Melanie Alexander, 2007
Tupelo Press

ON DREAM STREET: I have written before about poems and dreams, their "history together", things in common and not. Taking dreams, and poems, literally, part of this commonality is the desire to see, through the "stream of consciousness", or images, of dream, and through the language bent to form or thought in poetry, of emergent meanings perhaps richer than those on the surface. We interpret dreams; we interpret poems.

Here in this book are elusive poems which are exact, but not indicative. But perhaps this is more true. Do dreams mean much, or are our consciousnesses just unraveling the day in order to start again? Is a jumble evocative, and why? If a jumble is not evocative, and these poems seems to evoke something -- but what? -- are they like dreams? The poems have the urgency of "the muse" -- but toward their own creation.

9.16.2010

Martha Collins
History of Small Life on a Windy Planet
University of Georgia Press, 1993

This is a third book, a prize winner (PSA) while in draft, by an author who had won several prizes already when the book was published. The "flip open" poem has both the pomo gestures ("the text"), etc. one would expect, but also -- I want to say a greater immediacy that Janet Holmes' F2F, but since that book is about mediated immediacy or imMEDIAcy, the comparison is faulty, yet, here is Collins:

In Black and White

--Words, he said, black
stars in a white sky.

--No, she said, white
words, milk, you can't see.

...

--Off my back, Hon, I'm
your text, you wrote

...

p.26


Have books gotten bigger? This -- given the title, a small life, the writer's life as a small life? the poet's? what a comparatively modest claim on the millennial poet-turf; on a windy -- too verbose? -- planet, ostensibly ours,

9.15.2010

Monday, Oct. 25

9:50-10 am | Ahmanson 1000 Opening remarks by Dean Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
10.10-11.50 am| Ahmanson 1000 -- Skirting Authority: Early Women's Voices in the Catholic Tradition

1-3 pm | Macintosh 3999 -- Arpillera Workshop
Veronica De Negri, a former political prisoner from Chile, will give a talk on the Chilean women's art form, the arpillera, a kind of story-telling by sewing scenes on squares of cloth, often used as a means of protest or of bearing witness. She will then lead an arpillera-making workshop for students, faculty, and staff. Workshop Registration Required. Please email apartnoy@lmu.edu

1.30-3 pm | Ahmanson 1000 "Autumn Gem: A Documentary on Modern China's First Feminist"

Moderated by Professor Susan Barber and Professor Robin Wang. Film by Adam Tow and Rae Chang. Meet the "Chinese Joan of Arc," Qiu Jin (1875 - 1907). An accomplished writer, women's rights activist, and leader of a revolutionary army, Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and opportunities for women. She was the first woman to lead an armed uprising against the corrupt Qing Dynasty, for which she was arrested and executed. She later emerged as a national heroine who redefined what it meant to be a woman in early 20th-century China.
4-5 pm | Marymount Institute UH 3000 -- Afternoon Tea with Music by Kelly Kawar, former LMU student, and her trio. "Reading Women Writing":

7.30-9.00 pm | Ahmanson 1000

Performance/Lecture by Guerilla Girls Q/A and reception to follow Introduction by Professor Gail Wronsky, Department of English


Tuesday, October 26

9.25 - 10.50 am | Ahmanson 1000 -- Comfort Women: Trans-national Activism and Art
This panel will focus on activism surrounding the comfort women issue in Korea and in the United States. Scholars will discuss transnational activism and justice regarding comfort women as well as discuss artwork by comfort women. Stella Oh, Department of Women's Studies, chair. Panelists: Laura Hyun Yi Kang is Chair of the Department of Women's Studies at University of California, Irvine. Her research and teaching interests include the politics of knowledge production, feminist epistemologies, critical race studies, and cultural studies. JongHwa Lee, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at LMU. A scholar of contemporary rhetorical theory, Dr. Lee has published articles on Japanese Military Sexual Slavery and was the chief organizer of the World Conference on Japanese Military Sexual Slavery in 2007.

10 - 12 noon | McIntosh UH 3999 -- Members of the Guerilla Girls will conduct a workshop in art and activism for 25 LMU students.

1.35 - 3 pm | Ahmanson 1000 -- Women Artists of Ciudad Juarez

Evangelina Arce, poet and mother of one of the girls murdered in the femicide taking place in Ciudad Juarez, will read her work. There will be a panel discussion about how women are using art to draw attention to this atrocity. Alicia Partnoy, Dept. of Modern Language and Literatures, chair.

4 - 5 pm | Marymount Institute UH 3000 Afternoon Tea: Women's Folk Music, performed by Ellen Geer and Melora Marshall

7.30 - 8.30 pm | Ahmanson 1000 -- Three Generations of Activist/Artist Women (Alicia Partnoy, Raquel Partnoy, Ruth Irupe Sanabria)

International best-seller and acclaimed poet Alicia Partnoy was disappeared during the military dictatorship in Argentina in the 70s. Her mother, Raquel Partnoy, is a nationally and internationally recognized artist and activist whose series of paintings, "Surviving Genocide" has been exhibited at the Martin Luther King Library in Washington DC, among many other shows and honors. Her daughter, Ruth Irupe Sanabria is a poet whose first book, "The Strange House Testifies" received second place in the International Latino Book Awards 2010.


Wednesday, Oct. 27
11-11.50 am | Ahmanson 1000 -- LA Art Girls

The intentions of the LA Art Girls are to provide inspiration, support, dialogue and feedback to one another. The group strives to be a voluntary and non-hierarchical gathering of practices. Ellina Kevorkian, chair with Nancy Buchanan, Phyllis Green, Nancy Popp and Marjan Vaughan.

1.35-3 pm | St. Robert's Auditorium -- Performance of "THE NEED TO KNOW." s a coming-of-age story, written and performed by Air Force veteran, April Fitzsimmons.

4-5 pm | Marymount Institute UH 3000 Afternoon Tea Students reading the writings of Afghani women.

7.30-8.30 pm | Ahmanson 1000 -- Performance by Jude Narita of Coming Into Passion/Song For A Sansei, of which she was actor, writer and producer. P Introductions by Professor Stella Oh, Department of Women's Studies, and Curtiss Takada Rooks, Associate Dean, Bellarmine College


Thursday, October 28
9.25-10.40am | Ahmanson 1000 -- Women Who Teach Art for Social Change

Four Los Angeles women discuss how they use the knowledge and expertise of their art to change the lives of kids and, in turn, take steps to transform society.
Professor Chuck Rosenthal, Department of English, chai Sherry Jason of City Hearts, Keren Taylor, founder and Executive Director of WriteGirl and Erin Cottrell proud teacher for City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts.

1.35-3 pm | Ahmanson 1000 Student You-tube Competition

4-5 pm | Marymount Institute UH 3000 -- Afternoon Tea: Women in Theater with Beth Henley; Ellen Geer, Amy Madigan, Velina Houston

7.30-8.30 pm | Ahmanson 1000 Keynote address and reading by Carolyn Forche

Poet, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lamont Award, Forche was a journalist for Amnesty International in El Salvador and served as Beirut correspondent for NPR's "All Things Considered." Her books include Gathering the Tribe, The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness. Forche will be introduced by Celeste Fremon, an award winning freelance journalist, and the author of G-Dog and the Homeboys and the upcoming, An American Family. She is the creator and editor of WitnessLA.com, a Senior Fellow for Social Justice/New Media at the Institute for Justice and Journalism, an adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, and a Visiting Lecturer at UC Irvine where she teaches literary journalism as it relates to social justice.


Friday, October 29
10-11.50 am | Ahmanson 1000 Lifting Oppression as We Climb: Black Women Artists and Activism

Professor Cassandra Veney, Department of Political Science, chair with Sherry Simpson-Dean, executive director of the United Nations Pasadena/Foothills. Marcia Kure, Nigerian painter, Nkiru Nzegwu, artist curator, and poet, is the current Chair of Africana Studies at Binghamton University.

1-2.50 pm | Ahmanson 1000 Women in Hip Hop Panel

Evelyn McDonnell, chair with Angie Colette Beatty, and The (SIS)TEM, a collective of female emcees, producers, vocalist, and Djs, co-founded by Aceyalone and DVS 1, from the legendary Project Blowed in Los Angeles.

4-5 pm | University Hall East Atrium "Dust of Gold" - Performance by Elia Arce

Elia Arce is an internationally known Costa Rican artist and cultural activist who works in a wide variety of media, including performance, experimental theater, film/video, spoken word and installation. "Dust of Gold" is an interactive installation project for Bellarmine Forum 2010 at Loyola Marymount University based on the "Alfombras de Aserrín" or street carpets of sawdust made for Easter in Guatemala, a tradition with roots solidly in Mayan culture dating back to long before the Spanish arrived. The colorful and fragrant use of carpets of pine needles, flowers and other natural elements has its beginnings in the Mayan custom of creating pathways for kings and priests to walk upon when entering ceremonial locations and for use in sacred spaces. A ritual performance art piece honoring the Tongva ("people of the earth") tribes that inhabited this region before the arrival of the Europeans, will take place the last evening of the forum.

Reception 5-7 pm Dunning Courtyard

6 pm | Laband Gallery -- Artist Talk & Gallery Walk thru with Kim Abeles of her exhibition

LA artist Kim Abeles mines the urban environment with a great sense of curiosity. She incorporates both conventional and unorthodox media-from using smog particles to quilting with trash-to explore broad social topics. In her own artistic practice and community collaborations, she uses metaphors and humor to bring our attention to crucial issues such as pollution, gender roles, civil rights, and even traffic.

On View at the Laband Art Gallery September 11-November 21, Kim Abeles: Art and Activism. Please visit http://cfa.lmu.edu/laband for more information.

Concurrent Exhibition in the Thomas P. Kelly Student Art Gallery called "The Purpose of Being: LMU + LA Artists/ Activists" with Amitis Motevalli, Ofunne Obiamiwe, Kristin Ross Lauterbach and Christina Lee Storm, Vera Brunner-Sung and Elana Mann, Arzu Arda Kosar, SaeRi Cho Dobson and Jane Brucke, with theirr LMU student collaborators:

7.30-8.30 pm | Murphy Recital Hall -- Video installation and performances curated by Ellina Kevorkian