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Friday, March 27 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Performing Typo-Graphic Literature

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Author/Artists perform LIVE presentations of their recent works of visual literature. 

Visual poet/book artist and cultural critic Johanna Drucker performs her Stochastic Poetics, written using material from Aristotle’s poetics, complex systems theory, and an account of a reading in the cacophony of a Los Angeles art event. The book is a letter-
press performance of emergent phenomena; texts emerge and configure, then dissolve or are reconfigured in overprinted pages. Using the work as a score, Drucker’s sound perfor-mance reinforces the presence of language as material, as immanence and potentiality.

Writer/designer/multimedia artist Warren Lehrer presents a performance/reading of his illuminated novel A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley containing 101 books within it, all “written” by his author protagonist who is in prison looking back on his life and career. In his funny, thought provoking performance, Lehrer presents evidence of Mobley’s Life in Books via his book cover designs, book-like objects, and other biographical materials including animations and video performances of Mobley book excerpts.

Writer/media artist Samantha Gorman and interdisciplinary artist Danny Cannizzaro perform excerpts of Pry, a hybrid novella composed for tablet media. Invoking haptic gesture, expanded cinema, interaction design and literary arts, Pry moves seamlessly among words and images to explore layers of consciousness. Six years ago, James—a demolition consultant—returned from the Gulf War. Six months ago, his vision began to fail. Pinch James’ eyes open and witness his external world. Crunch down the text and dive into his subconscious.

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Warren Lehrer

Co-Director, EarSay
Warren Lehrer is a writer/designer known as a pioneer of visual literature and design authorship. He has received many awards for his books and multimedia projects including the Brendan Gill Prize, the IPPY Outstanding Book of the Year Award, the Innovative Use of Archives Award, the Best New Fiction Award (USA Best Books), three AIGA Book Awards, a Media That Matters Award, and grants and fellowships from the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, Rockefeller, Ford... Read More →

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Danny Cannizzaro

Tender Claws
Tender Claws is an art collective and studio working at the intersection of writing, art and technology.

Johanna Drucker

Johanna Drucker is a visual poet and book artist who has published and lectured widely on topics related to digital humanities and aesthetics, visual forms of knowledge produc-tion, concrete poetry, graphic design, and contemporary art. Drucker’s artist’s books and projects were the subject of a traveling retrospective, Druckworks: 40 years of books and projects, that began at Columbia College in Chicago in 2012. Her works are... Read More →
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Samantha Gorman

Founder Tender Claws/Ph.D Research Fellow, USC/Tender Claws
Samantha Gorman is a writer and artist who works at the intersection of text, cinema, performance and digital culture. With Danny Cannizzaro she founded the art collective/publishing initiative Tender Claws. Tender Claws’ most recent release is PRY: a hybrid of cinema, game and novel created for mobile iOS (prynovella.com). PRY won the New Media Writing Prize 2015 and was a Future of Storytelling Prize finalist, IGF finalist for... Read More →

Friday March 27, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Faculty Center

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