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Sunday, September 22 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Ask Not What Poetry Can Do For Video, But What Video Can Do For Poetry

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This panel proposes an alternative form: the screening. The moving image on a screen has become dominant in our understanding of reading, writing, and being in the world. Along with creative work, this panel proposes a mode of video-criticism and poetic-making that investigates, articulates, and explores the possible affordances of a thinking of poetry through and with video. The panel will consist of introductory remarks by Courtlin Byrd. Then we will have a screening of 4-5 video works that will play continuously, like a cinema-screening, each exploring the potential of video for both making poetry but also for reading poetry. Following the screening we will have a robust Q&A between the artists and audience teasing out the meaning of this convergence.

Courtlin Byrd and Brent Cox will present a collaborative work suggesting video presents unique opportunities for reading documents of poetry. The video will “read” works by Johanna Drucker and Susan Howe, and The Florentine Codex, a 16th-century colonial-imperial ethnographic study of the Nahuatl people made by Spanish Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagun. Poet and video artist Madison McCartha will present portions of “FREAKOPHONE WORLD,” a series of occult recordings, hauntings, and invocations performing new black diasporic identities in the imperiled globalized society, along with an examination of Jeron Braxton’s animation and a proto-essay on blackness, virtuality, assemblage, mediation and art-making. Zak Byrd will screen “Neighbor,” a survey of the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. From general conversations about the issue, the essay focuses in on Anthony Tolliver, an illustrator who has lived on the streets for 35 years. Corbin Louis will screen “Can of Screams,” a pixel-performance, palpitating artwork cross-bred by warping page poem structures with .mpegs, compositing body, video and sound to activate a blast of agony and healing.


Courtlin Byrd

Courtlin Byrd is a multimedia artist, writer, and co-founder of the Topological Poetics Research Institute (TPRI). Hailing from California by way of Tennessee, she is currently a bartender and PhD student in Media Study at SUNY Buffalo. She uses video to explore language and to disrupt... Read More →

Zak Byrd

Zak Byrd is a filmmaker and poet from Tacoma, Washington who has lived in Los Angeles for a decade. He studied Film and Digital Media at the University of California in Santa Cruz and he is fortunate to live in a rent-controlled apartment.
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Brent Cox

Brent Cox is co-founder of the Topological Poetics Research Institute (TPRI) and the Ecopoetry Workshop in Bergamo, Italy. He is also a PhD student at the University at Buffalo Poetics Program where his work deals with investigations of surfaces that might be depths, and depths that... Read More →
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Corbin Louis

Corbin Louis is a poet and performer from Seattle. At age 13 Corbin found his voice in rap and spoken word. By 2008 he became the Seattle Youth Slam Champion in a citywide competition. He spent the next 15-years in a frenzied haze, recording albums and chopping up videos for the sake... Read More →

Madison McCartha

Madison McCartha is a black poet and multimedia artist whose work appears (or is forthcoming) in Black Warrior Review, The Fanzine, Full-Stop, The Journal, jubilat, Tarpaulin Sky, Yalobusha Review and elsewhere. His work has received support from The Millay Colony, Winter Tangerine... Read More →

Sunday September 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm PDT