Poems in the Time of Tamagotchi

February 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM @ Babycastles Gallery

Feat. Alessandro De Francesco, Claire Donato, Ian Hatcher and Dusty Neu

What happens to poetry after the age of electronic toys? Might poetry itself become a toy, a gizmo, a new current? Or might it become an e-pet, a creature we feed by pressing buttons? Join us for a day-after-WordHack evening of sound and poetry performances by Alessandro De Francesco, Claire Donato, Ian Hatcher, and Dusty Neu that may or may not answer these questions. Hosted by Todd Anderson PERFORMER BIOS: Alessandro De Francesco (Italy, 1981, lives in Basel and Brussels) is a poet, artist and essayist and the founder of the Language Art Studio. Since 2008, Alessandro has been a visiting professor at the European Graduate School. He has been an artist-­in-­residence a.o. at the BeHave program, Luxembourg; at the STEIM Amsterdam; and at the Kunsthalle Mulhouse. He is currently an artistic research fellow at the Research Centre for Visual Poetics at the University of Antwerp. He has read, performed or exhibited at such venues as the Kelly Writers House at U­Penn, CUNY, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Centre Pompidou, the MAMCS in Strasbourg, the Berlin University of the Arts, and elsewhere. Alessandro holds a PhD in Poetics from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Among his books: Lo spostamento degli oggetti (Verona: Cierre Grafica, 2008), Redéfinition (Paris: MIX., 2010), Augmented Writing (Rome: La Camera Verde, 2013), Continuum: Writings on Poetry as Artistic Practice (The Hague: Uitgeverij, 2015), Remote Vision (New York: Punctum Books, 2016). Claire Donato is a writer thinking about animals, desire, exceptionalism, nothingness, suffering and synaesthesia. Her lyric not-novel novel, Burial, was published by Tarpaulin Sky Press in 2013, and her second book and first full-length collection of poems, The Second Body, is forthcoming from Poor Claudia in March 2016. Currently, she's a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Architecture Writing and BFA Writing programs at Pratt Institute, and works in the Center for Writing at The Cooper Union. She also curates WordHack at Babycastles Gallery. For more information, visit somanytumbleweeds.com. Ian Hatcher is a text/sound/code artist whose work explores human cognition in the context of digital systems.He is the author of an audio/print book, Prosthesis (Poor Claudia 2016), a chapbook, The All-New (Anomalous 2015), and numerous screen-based animated/interactive texts. He has released two poetry apps: Vniverse, with Stephanie Strickland; and Abra, with Amaranth Borsuk and Kate Durbin, published in conjunction with a limited edition artists book (Center for Book and Paper Arts 2015). Dusty Neu is a poet and translator from California. With Belle Cushing, he co-translated Alessandro de Francesco's Remote Vision, which is forthcoming from Punctum Books. His poetry has appeared in VOLT, 3am, and others. He is currently pursuing an MFA in literary arts from Brown University.

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