My chest sinks to hear that Derek Walcott is lost to us. In 2011, I was lucky enough to live alongside him and to interview him for Il manifesto. Here is another fragment from that interview, which was never published in its entirety, or in English: Scappettone: You’ve been working with theatrical forms for over […]
I’m delighted to be spending the upcoming break in Tucson & environs for an extended period of further research into the scarring processes of copper extraction, smelting, milling, distribution, disposal and salvage—all the bust & boom of modern and contemporary device-life being somehow driven by this ductile metal and its laborers. The University of Arizona […]
Dear New York, o toxic cradle and longlost: I am coming to read in you this Saturday from my new book, The Republic of Exit 43. Dearest New Yorkers [who will not be at AWP]: please join me and Maryam Monalisa Gharavi at 82 West 3rd Street, NY NY for red curtains and harsh words […]
Among the great losses of recent months, David Antin. I’m honored to be among the speakers at this Saturday’s Tribute at the Getty Center.
My Atelos book of poems and poem-like materials surrounding the corporate dump is now officially available here, thanks to the essential people of Small Press Distribution. The acknowledgments are epic given that these pollutant scores passed through the hands, bodies, and voices of many friends—but I want to give a special shout-out to Lyn Hejinian […]
The Data That We Breathe Multi-Disciplinary Performances and Discussion Thursday, November 10, 2016 6-8 pm, Gray Center Lab, 929 E. 60th St., Suite 112 Chicago As the culmination of their Mellon Fellowship for Arts Practice & Scholarship, Caroline Bergvall (London-based artist, writer and performer), Judd Morrissey (writer, code artist and professor, School of the Art […]
Thanks to Rosa Mucignat of Kings College for this thorough and astute review of Killing the Moonlight in Comparative Literature: “Killing the Moonlight is a brilliant fusion of literature, art, architecture, politics, and history that challenges and rewards the reader with its voracious and wide-ranging scope. Scappettone’s re-positioning of modernism in Venice enriches our understanding […]
im studio mi/la invites you to: COPPER LYRES What material ecologies are we tapping into when we commit the apparently ethereal acts of streaming a how-to video or uploading broadcasts of banal and precious moments to the cloud? If we could strip away the walls sheltering us and the casings of our devices, we […]
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.
My third blog post for the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet is a continuation of the second: it thinks through Amelia Rosselli’s imagination of the nymph Chloris, and the ramifications of treating Chloris, represented by both Botticelli and Rosselli in choked polyphony, as a figure of translation. “Translating, and retranslating, Rosselli’s late distressed pastoral over the years […]
My second post for Harriet: The Blog thinks through what it would mean to consider the performance of an original and translated text as a fundamental part of the act of translation. “Performance plunges us concretely into translation’s uncommon temporality as we strive to body forth the the cognitive and musical pulse of a text […]
Last gasps of Futurism revisited by way of more translation of Venezianella e Studentaccio, Marinetti’s 1943-44 “aeronovel or aeropoem” that envisions the resurrection of Venice as a female colossus of blown glass: stylistically speaking, a cross between homage to the cosmopolitan anachronism of the city of lagoons and a blown-out pastiche of Fascism’s would-be colonial […]
Gian Maria Annovi has written a beautiful review of Killing the Moonlight for alfabeta2. I’m grateful for his identification of a geopoetics of infrastructural inquiry/empathy that I’ve been working on, methodologically speaking, & not without interference, for the past decade or so. In Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice,…, Jennifer Scappettone sembra riprodurre nella scrittura […]
I’m thrilled to be giving the keynote address for “The Poetics of Place: Performing Selves In and Beyond Cities,” the 13th Annual English Studies Graduate Student Conference at the Université de Montréal on March 10-11, 2016. The event aims to explore the poetics of (non)urban spaces and the ways in which the city serves as […]
“Translation obliges that you be embedded, digging your way out of the enemy logic word by word.” Temporarily virtual friends: I spoke at Asymptote with Alexis Almeida of my various projects across poetry, research, and translation; naturally we began with Amelia Rosselli. Have a look here: Amici temporaneamente virtuali: ho parlato qui su Asymptote Journal […]
Nathanaël and I are writing together about lagoons and/as archives—that “each book occupies, for me, the place of a memory loss….” makes for the initial traces of that conversation, here and in the print version of MAKE Magazine #16:
Psychogeographical Romance: 3 Interviews is now out from the phenomenal Essay Press as a free pdf chapbook, curated by Leonard Schwartz of Cross-Cultural Poetics. With Yolanda Castaño on the psychogeography of the highway, Magdalena Edwards and Forrest Gander on the psychogeography of the disappeared in Raúl Zurita, and yours truly on the psychogeography of the […]
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 […]
Amici e Romani! Friends & Romans! A piece I made in cutting homage to Melville’s Battle-Pieces and his fascination with Piranesi, titled “of the Monitor’s Fight,” is now installed in “Una Vetrina” storefront gallery, off the Via Giulia near San Giovanni dei Fiorentini. Come out to see it—it’s visible 24/7 for the coming week. Ho […]
For the summer of 2015, the WUHO Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard has been transformed by the Institute into an open laboratory. Work on emerging spatial environments has generated salons, workshops, performances, and rituals by residents, rogue scientists, and radical philologists. See the outcomes and their byproducts on the last night of Open Laboratories: The Grand […]
LEAVE LOOM/CASTING PARTY: Jennifer Scappettone and Joshua G. Stein present materials research and archaeologies of futurism and of waiting Thursday, July 30 Doors open at 7 pm Slip casting and performance begin at 7:30 pm WUHO Gallery 6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 Located between Wilcox Ave. and Schrader Blvd. Hollywood & Highland is […]
Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice has been named one of 5 titles in a shortlist of finalists for the Modernist Studies Association Annual Book Prize for 2015. Here is the judges’ citation: Jennifer Scappettone, Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (Columbia) In Killing the Moonlight, Jennifer Scappettone performs a scholarly quarry of a city […]
It was fantastic to have the chance to think through this forum on contemporary translation and politics with such admired colleagues and comrades in translation and translation-based practices. I only wish we’d been able to have this conversation in person! (It was so fast, it was almost like speaking…) With Sandra Simonds, who organized it; […]