Weekend Update 11/15/2013

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Friday, November 15th, 2013

John Cayley: Writing to be Found—Three Screen-Based Projects. Opening Night Performance by John Cayley and Reading by Joanna Howard

Counterpath opens an exhibition with some of John Cayley’s recent work— an installation exploring ambient poetics in programmable media and aestheticized vectors of contemporary reading. Opening night will feature a performance by Cayley and a reading by writer Joanna Howard. The installation will be on display through December 8.

From “The Readers Project” and “How It Is in Common Tongues”

(Networked algorithmic readers, mixed media, custom software, 2009–2012)

The screen displays an algorithmic reader moving through a section of Samuel Beckett’s How It Is that was known and published earlier as ‘The Image.’ This reader highlights, successively, the longest sequence of words from “The Image” that it has found to have been composed by at least one other writer or writing machine—not Beckett—and is citable as such on the Internet. On a local network, the system broadcasts its readings. Visitors with wifi connectivity may join this network and read another text collaged, quasi-algorithmically, from particular instances of language within which the Beckett phrases are embedded and shared.


(mixed media, custom software, 2012)

Paired words are displayed on a monitor. More or less imperceptibly, the words change. From time to time, an entirely different word or word pair will be displayed. Derivation of the word pairs is computationally assisted and changes are triggered by a quasi-random process, though the collections for possible pairings are authored. The piece is a minimalist engagement with experiences of reading, playing at the limits of orthography and with how we understand this aspect of writing.

“Monoclonal Microphone”

(generated poetic texts, mixed media, custom software, 2011)

An animated visual exploration of 1020+1 generated poems from the intrinsically open-ended sequence “Monoclonal Microphone.” The display zooms out to show the entire field of poems and then repeatedly zooms in to focus on a single poem selected at random such that it can be read by a human viewer. All the poems are composed from adjective-noun phrases that were not found with any occurrences, using Google web search, at the time when this field of poems was made. All the poems share a notional/potential “grammar” or syntactic arc (also determined by algorithmic search) and patterns of word choice correlated with “stanza” breaks.

JOHN CAYLEY is a pioneering practitioner and theorist of digital language arts. He makes his work chiefly in the domain of poetry and poetics. Recent and ongoing projects include How It Is in Common Tongues, a part of the The Readers Project with Daniel C. Howe (thereadersproject.org), imposition with Giles Perring, riverIsland, and what we will … Information on these and other works may be consulted at programmatology.shadoof.net. Cayley is also a poet, translator and small publisher with a specialism in Chinese. He has published translations from Gu Cheng, Yang Lian, Bing Xin, and others, and assembled a book-length study of the artist Xu Bing. Cayley is Professor of Literary Arts at Brown University. Recently Cayley has become obsessed, agonistically, by Writing to be Found with=against language-driven network “services.”

JOANNA HOWARD is the author of Foreign Correspondent (Counterpath, 2013), On the Winding Stair (Boa editions, 2009) and In the Colorless Round, a chapbook with artwork by Rikki Ducornet (Noemi Press). Her work has appeared in Conjunctions, Chicago Review, Verse, Unsaid, Quarterly West, American Letters & Commentary, Fourteen Hills, Western Humanities Review, Salt Hill, Tarpaulin Sky and elsewhere. Her stories have been anthologized in PP/FF: An Anthology, Writing Online, and New Standards: The First Decade of Fiction at Fourteen Hills. She has also co-translated, with Brian Evenson, Walls by Marcel Cohen (Black Square, 2009) and co-translated with Nick Bredie Cows by Frédéric Boyer (forthcoming from Noemi Press). She lives in Providence and teaches at Brown University.

What: John Cayley: Writing to be Found

Where: Counterpath 613 22nd St., Denver, Colorado 80205

When: Friday, November 15th, at 7pm

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

junk.tank poetry

Features will include Matt Clifford, Georgia Van Gunten w/ Prayer Hands and one more Denver poet tba. There will also be an open mic. This event will be recorded.

What: junk.tank poetry

Where: Amante Baseline, Boulder CO

When: Saturday, November 16th, 4-6pmSunday NOVEMBER 17TH
7:00 PM


Bad Shadow Affair: Matt Cook, Eric Meyer + TBA

What: Bad Shadow Affair: Matt Cook, Eric Meyer + TBA

Where: Lost Lake Lounge 3602 E. Colfax, Denver

When: Sat, November 16, 7pm – 9pm

Sunday, November 17th, 2013



Jennifer Pap teaches French at the University of Denver. Her research concerns poets for whom writing about visual art is a crucial and vital part of their creative work: René Char, Guillaume Apollinaire, Pierre Reverdy, Francis Pong and others.

Christopher Sweeney is a poet, translator and autodidact of dead languages and early Christian studies. A graduate of Brown University’s MFA Literary Arts program, he co-authored the book Into with Robert Snyderman & Lonely Christopher and currently teaches at The University of Wyoming in Laramie.

Joe Lennon is a poet currently working towards a PhD in Creative Writing at University of Denver, prior to which he lived and worked in Czech Republic and China. His poems are forthcoming in Map Literary & collaborative translations in Pavilion: A Literary Room for Expat Writing

Art From Ashes provides poetry and creative workshops to high-risk youth, facilitating expression, connection and transformation among the most neglected and vulnerable segments of our community.


Where: 1615 California street, suite 515, Denver, Co

When: Sunday November 17th at 7:00 PM