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Conceptual Writing: A Worldview April 30, 2012: Conceptual writing and concrete poetry have a lot in common: both are / were international movements and both are / were based on the premise of not reading. By employing the use of icon-based imagery (poem as image), concrete poetry sought an international readership based on seeing rather than on reading. Similarly, once you "get" the idea of [...] by

Why I Don’t Trust the Cloud April 27, 2012: Boy, am I glad that I didn't build UbuWeb on the cloud. There were times when I actually considered it. I mean, it sounded so good: unlimited server space, bandwidth, global access, all for free. There were times over the past few years when I actually felt that MP3 and film blogs were doing as good or better a job of archiving the avant-garde [...] by

The New Aesthetic and The New Writing April 26, 2012: In advanced poetries, there was no postmodernism. Beginning with Mallarmé and ending with Language Poetry, the emergence of digital culture signified a break with modernism, replacing deconstructive tendencies with strategies informed by the workings of computers and the web: word processing, databasing, recycling, appropriation, intentional [...] by

The Burden of Artists’ Crap April 23, 2012: Recently, I witnessed a heartbreaking sight: the selling off piecemeal of Jackson Mac Low's library at a flea market near my house in New York City. One Sunday afternoon, while rambling through the market, I saw a bookstall and, leafing through the stacks of books, I saw incredible things: every book by Dick Higgins's legendary Something Else [...] by

Richard Prince’s Latest Act of Appropriation: The Catcher in the Rye April 19, 2012:   I had long given up Richard Prince for dead. Once a heroic and radical appropriation artist—one who granted a wellspring of permissions to the current crop of conceptual writers—over the years had morphed into a bloated, expression-based painter, churning out multimillion dollar canvases for a ravenous wealthy collectorship. His [...] by

The Man Booker Prize for Uncreative Writing April 16, 2012: Poet and professor Craig Dworkin has done some research into the Man Booker prize and, as it turns out, it's the world's most lucrative prize for uncreative writing. Speaking in the Big Ideas lecture series the Whitechapel Gallery during the London Art Book Fair last fall, Dworkin gave example synopses from the 2011 Man Booker Prize [...] by

The Soft Grid: A Response to Sina Queyras’s Lyric Conceptualist Manifesto April 11, 2012: Sina Queyras has posited the future of post-conceptual writing as lyric conceptualism in her striking Lyric Conceptualism, A Manifesto In Progress. This sort of tempering of first-generation purity with second-generation subjectivity and lyricism was played out across various art forms in the twentieth century: think of the lyricist gestures of a [...] by

Johanna Drucker: A Postscript to Beyond Conceptualisms April 10, 2012: Conceptual writing may or may not be played out. Certainly the works that have come to define it, by Kenny Goldsmith, Caroline Bergvall, Christian Bök, Vanessa Place, Craig Dworkin and many others, have created a recognizable framework for critical appreciation and insight (such as Marjorie Perloff’s fine Unoriginal Genius). If I see many much [...] by

Poetry Is Dead, I Killed It: an Essay by Vanessa Place April 5, 2012: Even if conceptualism is facing crisis and decline, it is also being constantly (and artificially) reinvented, reinterpreted, refashioned, reborn, rechanneled, and repackaged. What allows this is an apparatus -- a survival mechanism -- that can seize upon any technique for squeezing out a pathway toward life: modulation, constant change, [...] by

CONCEPTUAL WRITING WAS INTRIGUING AND PROVOCATIVE April 2, 2012: Of all possible categories, conceptualism does not seem to deserve a manifesto or an obituary; discredited as an intellectual problem, it is apparently on its way to extinction—like the dinosaur—through clumsiness, slowness, inflexibility, difficulty. But in fact, only conceptualism instigates the regime of complexity that mobilizes the full [...] by