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Friday, March 27 • 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Architextural Attunement: Writing as a Plastic Art

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Can we think of writing as a plastic art? Does the sentence enact a type of architecture, one that wholly immerses the reader? Can poetry attune to the reader, linking hir nervous system to the author’s, even if long dead?

I am interested in thinking about a (queer) somatic writing practice where language can be thought through clay: where plasticity, texture, contour, and spatial command become three-dimensional features of a written text. By theorizing poetics via ceramics, I hope to discuss how syntax, cadence, and tone act as visceral appendages, ones that have the potential to embrace the reader in a non-cognitive, anti-capitalist, sensuous exchange: an embodiment of the author hirself. This presentation will occur in an art studio—or we will create an art studio together, wherever we are—equipped with a piece of clay at each audience member’s seat: to work and mold as I talk. Each participant’s plastic art will become a point of departure for continuing conversation.

Topics, research, and theories discussed will consist of: Queer Phenomenology (Sara Ahmed); The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance (Bifo Berardi); The Matter of Capital (Christopher Nealon); Music for Porn (Rob Halpern); the works of Melissa Buzzeo and Bhanu Kapil; Interaction of Color (Josef Albers); Feeling and Form (Suzanne Langer); Habeus Viscus (Alexander Weheliye) theories of biopolitics by Foucault; architectural writings of Arakawa and Gins; anthropological writings of Ellen Dissanayake. And more.

Valuing visceral exchange over cognitive knowledge, this presentation/workshop would take the tone and form of a meditative reading: an immersion in “architextural space.”


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JH Phrydas

Co-Founding Editor, Tract/Trace
JH Phrydas is a writer and researcher currently living in the montane region of the Rocky Mountains. Phrydas was raised by his birth family in Atlanta and queer family in the Bay Area. After years of travel à la Jean Genet, he was generously awarded grants to study writing and somatics under the guidance of Bhanu Kapil. He currently works as a writing tutor at CU Boulder and has recent creative and critical prose in Aufgabe, Fact-Simile... Read More →

Friday March 27, 2015 12:45pm - 1:45pm
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