I forgot to mention this today in class. but John Yau is giving a lecture tomorrow entitled “Susceptible Materiality” as part of Temple’s Poets and Writers series. I haven’t been able to find a description of the lecture online, but the title certainly seems relevant to what we’ve been talking about for much of the course. Here’s the relevant info and a bio of Yau — check it out if you’re interested.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 3:00-4:30
Lecture: “Susceptible Materiality”
Main Campus, Anderson Hall, 8th Floor, Women’s Studies Lounge,
1114 West Berks Street (corner of 11th & Berks Sts.)
John Yau is a poet, fiction writer, art critic, publisher and editor. His recent books include A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (D.A.P., 2008) and Paradiso Diaspora (Penguin, 2006). Since 2004, he has worked pro bono as the Art Editor of The Brooklyn Rail, a free, not-for-profit monthly covering the arts, which is archived on the Web (www.brooklynrail.org). He has received awards from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. John Yau’s current projects include monographs on Martin Puryear and Robert Ryman for Phaidon, as well as books of poetry that will be published by Wave Books and Copper Canyon Press. He is an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department of Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University). He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
Also, in thinking more about what we were saying about the nature of Agrippa as a piece of recorded media (that you can [mostly] re-experience and return to) vs. the ephemeral nature of pre-media culture (oral storytelling, etc.), I was reminded of this clip from No Maps for These Territories, a really interesting documentary on Gibson — the most relevant piece comes about halfway in:
It’s worth thinking about how we talked about issues like permanence and ephemerality, circulation, and reproduction, Gibson seems to see an actually aesthetic difference between playing music (or perhaps engaging in any artform) before and after the historical context of recorded media — might be worth thinking about when we start off on Thursday…