Thursday, February 26, 2009

Please join us on Wednesday, March 4 for an ENGLISH FACULTY AND GRADUATE STUDENT COLLOQUIUM on Poetry, Entropy and Information.

Presentations by

JASPER BERNES: "Hannah Weiner, Dan Graham and the Use and Abuse of Cybernetics at the End of the Postwar Boom"

and

CELESTE LANGAN: "Precipitation: Poetry and the Rain of Information"

Wednesday, March 4 * 5 pm * Wheeler 300
*Reception to follow in the lounge*

Hope to see you all there!

2 comments:

fran├žois said...

I find it interesting that you would link Dan Graham with cybernetics. It's not obvious at first, but the interactivity of his pieces within a certain set of rules. Even though Graham didn't mention those rules during his talk at SFAI, they seemed inherent to the location.

Jasper Bernes said...

Actually, it is kind of obvious, if you read the things he wrote about the works for magazine pages and the video-works. The cybernetic discourse gets replace by a kind of neo-Marxist, post-structuralist one in the 80s, but it's pretty visible in the 70s stuff if you've read Bateson, Wiener, McLuhan.