Talking

Percival Everett, Dan Fox, Hollis Frampton, Rivka Galchen, Wayne Koestenbaum,
Fred Moten & Stefano Harney, Maggie Nelson & Ben Lerner

Talks are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and is first-come, first-served. All events take place at 132 E. 65th Street unless otherwise noted.

Future Events:

November 28, 7pm

Fred Moten & Stefano Harney

December 5, 7pm

Percival Everett

December 14, 7pm

Maggie Nelson & Ben Lerner

Past Events:

November 15, 7pm

Rivka Galchen, Weird Science: Finding the Surreal in the Real

The seemingly simple project of describing reality has so often stumbled into being startling art. In this talk, we’ll consider what we as writers and artists can learn from the luminous work of varied inquirers, such as the late 19th century German naturalist Ernst Haeckel and the bantering language of 20th century mathematician Paul Erdos.

November 2, 6.30pm

Hollis Frampton’s “A Lecture,” 1968

With Bill Brand, Christoph Cox, and Lucy Raven
Hunter College North Building, Room 1604

On October 30, 1968, filmmaker Hollis Frampton delivered a performance at Hunter College titled “A Lecture.” At once a film screening and a meditation on the ontology of cinema, the performance encapsulated Frampton’s conception of meta-cinema and introduced what he would later call “infinite film.” Fifty years later and in the very same room in which Frampton first presented it, the Artist’s Institute will stage a new performance of the lecture, featuring a new recording of the text by artist Lucy Raven. Following the performance, philosopher Christoph Cox will discuss the piece with the filmmaker Bill Brand—Frampton’s friend, student, and preservationist.

Please note this event takes place off-site. Directions: Enter on the north side of 68th Street, between Park and Lexington Ave. Look for the entrance marked “Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College” and follow interior signage for directions to Room 1604.

October 24, 7pm

Dan Fox, Limbo

This is a talk about getting by when you can’t get along. A talk for writers and artists who find themselves in No-Man’s Land, the Twilight Zone, the Upside Down, the wasteland, the badlands and the boonies. On the sidelines, on the bench, on hold, on standby, out-of-sync, in the wings, up the creek, in a ditch, in a fix, in a funk, in stasis.

Drawing on his new book Limbo—a memoir, a meditation on creative block, a cultural history of limbo, and companion for the isolated, delayed, stranded, stymied and those in the dark—Dan Fox considers the role that fallow periods and states of inbetween play in art. In a world that demands faith in progress and growth, what happens when you’re plain stuck? How do you get out of your own way? Questions will be asked. Answers will be stumbled over in the dark and cursed at.

October 10, 7pm

Wayne Koestenbaum, Camp Marmalade on East 65th Street

Inspired by stanzas in his recently-published book, Camp Marmalade, the second volume of Koestenbaum’s “trance trilogy,” the poet will perform improvisatory Sprechstimme recitative, with free-style musical accompaniment—keeping open, in the evening’s séance, to the assistance of such ghosts as Charles T. Griffes, Alexandre Tansman, Germaine Tailleferre, and Witold Lutoslawski, though these invitees have not yet RSVP’d, and may decline to attend.  The poet will also project a very brief instructional video.