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Felipe Cussen & Steven Zultanski



Felipe Cussen discusses his research in the world of digital media & Steven Zultanski looks at poetry, experimentation and narrative form.

Felipe Cussen – How I WroteTrilogy

Trilogy is the gathering of three books by Felipe Cussen: Explicit Content, Closed Caption and Regional Restrictions, published by Gauss PDF (Oakland, California) in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The books that form Trilogy allude to the contemporary experience of watching movies through digital platforms, and have been constructed from the appropriation of comments from parent forums in the IMDb database (Explicit Content), the subtitles that transcribe the effects of sound or music (Closed Caption), and the messages that warn of the impossibility of watching a movie (Regional Restrictions). These books, in turn, have been converted into videos through various processes such as random combinations through the use of electronic music software and anonymised international collaboration through online platforms. In this talk, Felipe Cussen will recount the process of sampling, sequencing and remixing the elements with which Trilogy was made, and the various reflections that were made during the different stages of writing, live reading and video editing, involving complex language, cultural and geopolitical issues.

Felipe Cussen was awarded a PhD in Humanities at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), and teaches at Instituto de Estudios Avanzados, University of Santiago in Chile. His main fields of research are experimental literature and mysticism, and he now investigates contemporary representations of nothingness with La Oficina de la Nada. He's part of Foro de Escritores, Collective Task, and the music and poetry duo Cussen & Luna. He has recently published the EP quick faith (records without records, 2015), the books Explicit Content (Gauss PDF, 2015), Closed Caption (Gauss PDF 2016), Regional Restrictions (Gauss PDF 2017), Letras (Gegen, 2017), and the project Correcciones (Information as Material, 2016).

Steven Zultanski - Narrative and Hallucination

“In the last few years, many poets (myself included) have increasingly turned to narrative forms—story, memoir, essay, reportage—to directly engage with social reality. This focus on representation is at least partly a response to the urgency of overlapping political, financial, and environmental crises; more abstractly, it’s also a means of evoking the displaced temporalities of daily life and history. In this talk, I’ll observe how recent poetry explicates the world through narrative while producing anachronies and recursions, and takes strong positions while fore-fronting the hallucinatory experience inherent to reading and interpretation. Looking at a range of texts, and including examples from my own works, I’ll discuss narrative as a generative vehicle for experimentation with direct political statement, the representation of lived and dreamed reality, and the perversion of allegory.”

Steven Zultanski is the author of several books of poetry, most recently On the Literary Means of Representing the Powerful as Powerless (Information as Material, 2018), Honestly (BookThug, 2018) and Bribery (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014). His critical writing has appeared in 4 Columns Art in America frieze, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Mousse, and elsewhere. In January 2017, an art exhibition inspired by his book Agony (BookThug, 2012) entitled You can tell I’m alive and well because I weep continuously was shown at the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York. He lives in Copenhagen.

About The INSIDE/OUT Lecture Series

This lecture was presented as part of the INSIDE/OUT series which offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of the art, architecture and design. Organised by Professor Simon Morris from the School of Art, Architecture & Design, the series offers a platform for internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. All events are open to all.

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