Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents an afternoon of readings, performances, and lectures that explore the landscape of contemporary poetics by three highly influential artists, writers, and poets — Christian Bök, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Majorie Perloff.
Each presenter has a distinguished practice that spans the gamut of contemporary, experimental literature.
Christian Bök (pictured, below) is the author of the pataphysical encyclopedia Crystallography, a book that explores the relationship between language and crystals, and earned him a nomination for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. He is also the author of the best selling experimental book, Eunoia, a series of stories written univocally – that is, using only one vowel in each chapter – for which he won the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2002.
Kenneth Goldsmith (pictured, above) is an artist and performer, writer and editor, and founding member of the digital media arts archive Ubu Web. As a writer, Goldsmith has published over ten books of experimental poetry including Fidgit, Traffic, and Sports, along with the book of essays Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in a Digital Age. He has won numerous awards for his work on Ubu Web including the Qwartz Electronic Music Award in 2009.
He was invited to the White House in 2011 to participate at President and Mrs. Obama’s A Celebration of American Poetry. In 2012, he was a participant in the international art exhibition Documenta (13), contributing to the series 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts. Most recently, Goldsmith was appointed as the Museum of Modern Art’s first Poet Laureate.
Watch an interview with Goldsmith on The Colbert Report here.
Majorie Perloff (pictured, below) is one of the most renowned literary critics working today. Her catalogue of thirteen books include Unoriginal Genius: Poetry by Other Neabs in the New Century, The Vienna Paradox: A Memoir, Differentials: Poetry, Poetics, Pedagogy, and The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage, and are complemented by her over 150 essays on modern and contemporary literature.
Perloff has served as the president of the Modern Language Association and of the American Comparative Literature Association, and is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Currently, she is the Sadie Dernham Patek Professor of Humanitites Emerita at Stanford University and the Florence Scott Professor of English Emerita at the University of Southern California.
Read selected essays by Perloff here.