Sloth Machines began as a poetic accidence-correspondence between two poets. The poem responses were situated in two columns that related in an organic non-prescriptive way. Then the pillars collapsed. The original separate poems have been super-imposed to create hyper-saturated ink clouds that challenge legibility, while its chance-residual tentacles finger through to imprint a new poet and a new poetry
Defense for Dinner is a multidisciplinary project that explores the connections between food culture and the military, including Victory gardens, WWII-era technology, government rations, and the idea of food as defense. The first iteration of our project will include a media presentation, meal, and conversation to follow.
General XOXO is an aleatoric audio-visual performance. Five sonically isolated artists produce strictly periodic audio and video oscillations at various predetermined tempos. Like planets circling a star they will from time to time align in pseudo-patterns (syzygies) that can be sensed by external observers, but not by the artists themselves.
Zenzic Press will offer a chance for WiP attendees to collaborate in three community drypoint drawings that will be available to work on throughout the festival. During our open house event on Saturday night, we will be printing these collaborative drawings and leading a discussion on the future of Zenzic.
What weighs 54 tons and fits in the palm of your hand?
AIDS Quilt Touch, a mobile web app developed by the University of Iowa’s Digital Studio for Public Humanities, allows the public to search, explore, and contribute to an online version of the AIDSMemorial Quilt on site or across the globe. In beta development.
The International Writing Program (IWP) is a unique conduit for the world’s literatures, connecting well-established writers from around the globe in residencies and in classrooms in the U.S., abroad, and online. Central to the IWP’s programming mission, the Fall Residency has hosted more than 1,400 from over 130 countries since its founding in 1967.
Anthology is an all-inclusive, multi-genre reading and performance series co-hosted by the Nonfiction Writing Program and the Writers’ Workshop. Anthology showcases talent from the University of Iowa’s various writing MFA programs as well as Center for the Book, Film, Dance, and others. The series appears monthly at different local venues, and is always free and open to the public. www.facebook.com/groups/anthology.iowa/
As an essayist and scholar, my written work often explores the boundaries of the pornographic landscape and the experiential and theoretical nuances of objectification based on identity. “Crazy Mouth Meat Train” is a first attempt at essaying through performance and at constructing a pornographic happening containing neither sex nor nudity.
Luis has published eleven works of poetry in book form and as multimedia, most recently Árbol Veloz[Swift Tree] (2009) and Tamudando (2010). Tonight he performs “Labyrinth” and “El estallido” from Swift Tree with audio/visual accompaniment. Luis appears courtesy of the International Writing Program.
The project is an interactive work consisting of a large wall-mounted grid of prints made from circuit boards relief printed on colored paper; attendees can take home a print of their choosing. The planned obsolescence of the work not only mirrors, but also invalidates the planned obsolescence of common electronic components.
As a Master`s Student in Jazz Performance at the University of Iowa, I`m required to record an CD that shows what have I have accomplished musically these two years in Iowa City. This is my work in progress. Since I expect to have everything recorded by February of 2013, now it is a time for the people involved in the recording to become familiar with the material. I will only be recording only original pieces, and here at the WiP Festival you will hear a trio composed of Jose Gobbo on guitar, Blake Shaw on bass, and Marcelo Moraes on drums.
EH AND DEE is about adventures that two people go through while protecting their king. It is set in mid-evil times, viking based. GLENS STORY begins when Glen gets introduced to Pixelland, a place, maybe a city of sorts, that runs computers all day, he finds out that he needs to escape before his brain gets totally fried. Oh…and save the entire Pixelland community.
Federico is the author of three short story collections, two poetry collections, and the 2011 novel Cielos de Córdoba. His La hora de los monos was chosen as one of the best Argentine books of 2010 by the magazine Revista Ñ. In 2010, Falco was among Granta magazine’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists. Currently he teaches in the Department of Cinema, Literature and Contemporary Art History at the Universidad Blas Pascal. Federico appears tonight, in collaboration with Sarah Viren, courtesy of the International Writing Program.
Lit Passages is a collaborative project where poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are presented alongside original music–compositions that draw attention to emotional tonalities present in the text. Lit Passages is edited by Henry Finch, who also composes and records its music. Go here for more: soundcloud.com/litpassages
This project is the presentation of a sculpture along with the reading of an obliquely related text. The pice involves autobiographical elements along with anecdotes and illusions to friends in the Iowa City area. The performance is an elaborate “Hello” conducted across time and space with the help of john Engelbrecht and by my friendly sculptural robot “Pod”. The sculptural contraption “Pod” during the course of the performance will become a kind-of nexus, linking up geophysics, Shakespeare, myself, my friends, and general disarray.
Learning French With Jean Genet is an ongoing performance project requiring the reader to repeatedly ‘read’ Jean Genet’s untranslated one act play Les Bonnes in its entirety. The reader’s inability to understand French questions reading as an action, the consequences of repetition, comprehension, and communication with an audience.
In the year 2079, humans have obviously developed the capacity to send transmissions into the past. Unfortunately, the Earth is dying. Much of the Earth’s surface—what little of it remains—cannot sustain human life. The survivors press onward at one of the Earth’s two poles, and are similarly opposed in matters of ideology. To the south, the Space-Flamers believe the only answer is to sacrifice themselves to the star that gave the human race life for so long. By the thousands, they jettison themselves on space capsules directly into the sun. However, my centenarian, and others like him (me?), believe in an alternative future based on the rewriting of our current time-moment. They believe in a new social construct from which a proto-utopia can emerge. But the message I send myself is short, largely incoherent, and it doesn’t offer instructions of any kind.
A progressively debilitating nutwork of sci-non-fi death qualms and imagined conversations, pumped fresh from the uncharted depths of a raw and tattered human vortex, taking precedent over one’s own well-being, in a realm where indifference knows no bounds, and the only way out is to dig deeper within… into WATERMELLONWORLD
Serchwerks attempts to do for language what Sol LeWitt did for drawing. Every Serchwerks poem can be assembled by language technicians according to instructions provided by the poet. In each case, a word is emphasized and its occurrences within a searchable work of literature determine the structure of the poem.
When my grandmother passed away at 101, she left boxes of stained recipe cards. Each Christmas, I try to recreate her lefse, but a once-a-year dish can be hard to perfect. Try a few variations and help shape this family culinary tradition.
Based on the concept of “evidence” as containing the essence of a moment past,After which, you know me. creates a tangible body of work based on the collective experience of a group. The tangible becomes not only the official record of the temporal, but also the official record of the subjective memory.
The traditional method of making a watermark involves making each mark out of copper wire that is bent and soldered to make the shape. This project entails creating watermarks using a cost-effective, quick and not necessarily handmade method in order to create the frames for an animation. Each mark is used to make a piece of paper and the resulting watermark (as seen in transmitted light) will then be photographed and used as a single frame for a stop-motion animation.
Revisiting Persephone’s myth, we are experimenting with visual storytelling in shadow form, yet compelled by many poems that cast new light on this old tale. Persephone speaks to loss, but also rebirth. And what if she chooses her fate, or how to live within it, as we all must for the seasons to continue?
A series of short screenings that chronicle the evolution of the artist’s self-reflective, confessional films. The screenings are intermixed with musings on the relationships between media and real life, art and depression, and audience and artist relationships. All asking the central question, how do you end an unending project?
Use Your Imagination is an art installation that examines the concepts of voyeurism, the tease, and warped reality. It challenges the mind to create images that are not truly there, but our minds want to be there. However, by creating these images, we have now delved into the realm of voyeurism in an uncomfortable way. Where reality makes the image normal, our mind takes us to a more perverse realm.
This installation consists of a mirror, floodlight, messages delivered through synthetic voice, and a 47×64″ print, which amalgamates the optimal visual stimulus for human body (according to Google’s simulation of the human brain) with the image of Jacob, English (American) male, as depicted by Linguatec’s Voice Reader app.
My project is centered on combining acoustic instruments with live electronic manipulations of those instruments. I’ve tried to go beyond just looping sounds and create a piece that creates grooves but also a soundscape that will be slightly different each time the work is performed. I’m also experimenting using different found objects, for example a tin can.
Sarah Viren is a work in progress as well as a translator, writer and journalist. This semester, she’s collaborating with two international writers currently living in Iowa City: Federico Falco, from Argentina, and Paula Lamamie de Clairac Garrido, from Spain. Other projects include an essayistic Spanish grammar book and a kumquat tentatively named Balduino. Sarah appears tonight in collaboration with Federico Falco, courtesy of the Anthology reading and performance series.
My intention is to capture the works as it is happening. The show is meant to enhance the process behind the work, and there is nothing better to capture that with than polaroid pictures. The format of the pictures itself lends to the process as it develops instantly. The ability to showcase the pictures as the festival happens is a tangible way to document the progress of the artists.
The form of my work in progress is a deck 3×2.5 index cards that are shuffled before a reading then read in that random order. (No order or reading is like another– you do the math– especially because the form such that cards can easily be added and removed from the deck’s corpus. Therefore, in its permutations, it is always a version of “progress.”)
The Iowa City Downtown District invites you to participate in this spectacular community knitting project! We are working together to cover almost 100 downtown trees with knit art. Tree Huggers will completed on October 25 and installed on Sunday, November 4. Stop by Home Ec Workshop to learn more about the project and help make Iowa City more colorful (and a little warmer) this winter. Open hours during the festival are Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The installation piece invites the visitor to enter, each privately, into an intimate space and peek inside a box that stores mysteries. What is the connection between the objects of past memories, presently flashing images and vibrating sounds? And what is the visitor’s presence in relation to them?
In the spirit of collaboration, mellons, art, and other forms of mayhem, we present to you our spotlight of the glorious cover. You know, like when musicians play songs by other musicians. When filmmakers remake and remold things endlessly into the avant abyss. Our two man club is dedicated to performers performing one another’s work. Russell will read from Tyler’s pastiche collage-narratives sewn together from bizarre TV and movies, while Tyler will read some of Russell’s ekphrastic necropastoral poetry. We shall erase ourselves and inhabit the words of the other. For a bit, anyway. Listen and enjoy under the light of the Mellon Moon!
BROUGHT TO YOU BY Iowa City’s own Strange Cage poetry press (strangecage.org) and the Zen Mellon-Gourd Patch.