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Thursday, September 26 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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In our on-going project <legend> </legend> a collection of poems, pen drawings, and digitally produced works, we are exploring the relationship between constructed spaces, whether linguistic, visual, and in this case historical, and what it means to activate those spaces through interpretative transcription. This project is set for publication by Jaded Ibis Press in September 2013 as both a traditional and digital publication. It will also be on display as an exhibition at Transfer Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, and as a performance/installation for Writing On It All, a public art project to be held on Governor’s Island this June. 

In this iteration of theproject, designed to be site specific for the &Now Festival, we are proposing an installation in which an exhibition space or classroom will be transformed by a group of micro-biographies written by students enrolled at University of Colorado at Boulder. The micro-biographies will be collected in advance of the conference and redacted into a long poem. That poem will serve as an alternative historical document, a crowdography, not chronologically focused like traditional biographies, rather topic specific. In this case, the students will be writing about a moment from their childhood that altered their perception of the world, a moment that forced them to remap their subjectivities and therefore everything they connected with following that event. 

The crowdographic text will be digitally rendered as a topographical map; each text bundle will be surrounded by a tectonics of six-second video shorts. Each video will be created from images gathered from Google string searches of the text itself. This large-scale video work will be projected on a wall and will include an audio mash-up of the redacted texts read by children roughly the age of each micro-biographers when they had their perception altered. The audio version of the poem will play in various configurations, but never just as a single voice, always as a shifting community of narratives. The map of this crowdography will constantly alter its own borders, sometime offering a complete lay of the land, and other times focusing on smaller sections, each time revealing a different configuration of video and text. Each reconfiguration of the crowdography’s boundaries activates, and rewrites, the entire topographical document along with the history it posits. 

How do we experience space? What procedures do we employ to mark out personal spaces for ourselves from a general store of information, and by doing so, remap that information? And how do these new maps, some public others private, inform the greater written, visual or historical topographies? 

"It is true that the operation of walking can be traced on city maps in such a way as to transcribe their paths…But these thick or thin curves only refer, like words, to the absence of what has passed by…They allow us to grasp only a relic set in the nowhen of a surface of projection. Itself visible, it has the effect of making invisible the operation that made it possible. These fixations constitute procedures for forgetting. The trace left behind is substituted for the practice. It exhibits the (voracious) property that the geographical system has of being able to transform action into legibility, but in doing so it causes a way of being in the world to be forgotten." ― Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life

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Carla Gannis

Artist/Prof/Asst Chair, Pratt Institute Dept of Digital Arts
Carla Gannis identifies as a visual storyteller. With the use of 21st Century representational technologies she narrates through a “digital looking glass” where reflections on power, sexuality, marginalization, and agency often emerge. She is fascinated by digital semiotics and... Read More →
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Justin Petropoulos

Adjunct Faculty, New Jersey City University
Justin Petropoulos is the author of two collections of poetry, Eminent Domain (Marsh Hawk Press 2011), selected by Anne Waldman for the 2010 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize and (forthcoming from Jaded Ibis Press 2013), a collaborative work with multimedia artist, Carla Gannis. His... Read More →

Thursday September 26, 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm MDT
Black Box Theater Roser ATLAS Building (2 floors down from the lobby), 1125 18th Street, Boulder

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