I’m thrilled to be giving a lecture on Venice in another archipelago, one inhabited a couple of decades back—at Hitotsubashi University, hosted by Professor Mayumo Inoue, with respondents Ryosuke Yamazaki and Akiko Ichikawa. July 14, 2016, a Thursday, in the afternoon.
My last post for Harriet, “Nursing Futurism,” reads the figure of the nurse as a confessional supplement to the manifestos of Futurism, and presents some nurses of hope in the form of Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik’s Commons Choir, and Pepe Rojo’s Tijuana Liberation Front.
On November 9 at noon, at Penn State (in 102 Kern), I’ll be giving a talk titled “From Corpse to Specter: Venice as Antagonist and Emblem of Modernity.” There will be lunch! When in 1910, F.T. Marinetti and comrades airbombed crowds with 800,000 copies of the Futurist manifesto “Against Passéist Venice” from the Clock Tower […]
Descrizione del mondo/Description of the World: This collective installation (in Turin this summer and online) was an untimely provocation in the Nietzschean sense of the Unzeitgemässe. We were asked by curator/editor Andrea Inglese to submit three pieces: one page of a book, one manual intervention on a piece of paper, one photographic image. I made […]
I have a piece on “the thick and the slow of knowledge“—on knowledge that’s not front-loaded—in Jacket2’s feature on the poet-scholar, which is indebted to the work of our dear lost friend and colleague Hillary Gravendyk. From the feature page: The poet and literary critic Hillary Gravendyk organized a roundtable on the “Poet-Scholar” for the […]
I’m honored to be giving the closing lecture for the CHIASMI conference hosted by the graduate students in Italian Studies at Harvard and Brown Universities next weekend. My talk’s title has been altered in tandem with its theme: “Chloris as Translation, and the Dream of a Transhistorical Language.” It’ll open a final roundtable discussion at […]
If you are in Boise, Idaho later this week, please join us for the following festivities surrounding the poetry of Ezra Pound: Wednesday April 9th 7:00 pm Marjorie Perloff will open the conference with her paper “Recharging the Ideogram: Poundian Reverberations in Brazilian Concrete Poetry” Thursday April 10th 10:00 am – 10:55 am Discussion group […]
Is another man’s mortar: from Hadrian to Maxentius along the Appian Way, frescoed sea-horse becomes filler for an unfinished throne room wall. Our archaeological Virgil through it all (drawings, lacunae-riddled plans, 3D scanners, holes full of dirt and equivocal chunks) enjoying his job exactly as much as one reckons he oughta.
At the Villa Medici: from Paris to the Pincio, perfect coherence of voluptuousness in stone embraced otherwise, alive.
“I have turned from the castellaccio / so its…medieval shadow…/ does not leave uneven edges,” word by word infiltrating the idle mind even in beginning to walk toward the door of the dig house toward ascent of a town turning on a dream. Rubble of feudalism still operative as rubble and as resistance in the […]
Odescalchi, host of hushed stories of past horribleness, with dashboard, to be precise.
“For those who submitted to disorientation, it was a success.” “Submit,” says Tom: “that’s the perfect word.” An old archaeologist friend, alongside whom I worked at my first and only dig, two decades ago, veering over the hole listening for voices. Hearing the unconscious, seeing the strata of history in the strata of bricks above […]
Delighted to find a poem by the counter of the Casa del Caffé in the Campus Martius—a tradition in Italy, it seems—so that even the hairdresser’s business card is full of rhymes— “Coffee, it rustles my soul, like wind on the mount that breaks in amongst the oaks and loosens and agitates the limbs, sweetbitter, […]
How the writing of Marco Giovenale and other current Italian “poetry of research” can and has to be distinguished from Flarf, with which it identifies (to a certain extent): history. (fou / fenêtre) Glockenspiel – e nel freddo nel pieno è che il freddo è nel pieno della schiena: sulle scapole sulla spina per agosto […]
Is the message on the aqueduct that has become bench, carpet, stadium seat for these Romans. Thinking it in retrospect & somewhat belatedly true.
The introduction to our performance at Corto Circuito tonight, in Italian: Queste partiture “pop-up” fanno parte di un progetto in corso, intitolato Uscita 43, che è composto di elementi poetici, visivi, e sonori. Lo descrivo come un’archeologia di paesaggi tossici e afflitti, e un’operetta di cori “pop-up” (prendendo il termine usato per le finestre “pop-up” […]
Puzzled indeed to find neoclassicism masking another paradox in the pediment sculpture of the core of global speculation: Integrity Protecting the Works of Man, among which bend heavily, here, Agriculture and Mining. It is the work of John Quincy Adams Ward and Paul Wayland Bartlett—carved in marble however by “the Piccirilli brothers.” The NYSE notes […]
Following an interview with Curtis Fox, further research into the vagaries of the word “wight,” from the first cherished line of Shakespeare’s sonnet 106: by his time it means not just creature, but ghost.
does the day feel like it has nullified a decade I took (thanks to power icons) as having acquired wisdom (that outmoded concept)— of the memory of trauma long suffered that nationalism doesn’t mend, of justice and higher solutions to conflict?
A conversation-poem on national, cultural, linguistic and psychological dislocation created by Jennifer Scappettone—installed in the gravelly space inside a moat of liquid loggia projections and sculpted ambient fountain/fowl for X Locus, a collaboration between Scappettone, Paul Rudy, and Stephen Mueller and Ersela Kripa (AGENCY Architecture), held at the courtyard of the American Academy in Rome […]
On Thursday, April 28 at 8 PM in the cortile of the McKim, Mead and White Building at the American Academy in Rome, there will be an opening reception for a collaborative installation titled X LOCUS, featuring environmental media by Founders Rome Prize winners in Architecture Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller, sound by Elliott Carter […]
Just in time for the Poussin exhibit and a much-planned chilled coffee at the expensively bucolic Caffé Greco, the antique dealer’s daughter’s dealt a last-minute invitation to the Enlightenment-era academy of Arcadians you could tumble into down this hill were it not for the security cameras: where one isn’t sure what’s Rome and what reproduction, […]