Affect & Audience in the Digital Age
Friday, October 18, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Affect & Audience in the Digital Age is a symposium exploring the aesthetics of digital mediation in contemporary poetry. While poets have long been expected to connect with readers through carefully constructed emotional appeals, much poetic work is now written through impersonal digital methodologies such as crowd sourcing and data mining. Yet digitally mediated poetry can still have a particular affective density: even appropriated text from the Internet can convey the “powerful feelings” that Wordsworth described as the ideal for poetry. Given the new realities of digital composition and distribution, how has poetry changed? In an evening of performances at the Henry Gallery, invited poets, scholars, and interdisciplinary artists will present new forms of poetry emerging in the digital age.
Free and open to the public, the symposium will begin on the morning of October 18th with roundtable discussions at the Simpson Center for the Humanities and an exhibition at the University of Washington Book Arts Collection.
Kate Durbin, author of The Ravenous Audience, and founder of the journal Gaga Stigmata and the tumblr Women as Objects.
Craig Dworkin, author of No Medium and Reading the Illegible, and co-editor with Kenneth Goldsmith of Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing.
Adam Frank, scholar of media and affect, and founder of Radio Free Stein, a project rendering the writings of Gertrude Stein into musical form.
Ray Hsu, author of Anthropy and Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon, and co-founder of Art Song Lab, an interdisciplinary platform for fusions across poetry, music, and performance.
Rachel Zolf, author of Human Resources and Neighbor Procedure, and founder of The Tolerance Project, a collaborative MFA produced from poetic DNA donated by eighty writers, artists, and thinkers.