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By Harriet Staff


No audio-visual issues here: We’ve rounded up some must-see/-hears for your ears-eyes on this lovely Thursday.

First up on purview is Karinne Keithley Syers’s Fancy Stitch Machine. Syers–if you missed her Emerson dance-thought-piece at The Chocolate Factory or haven’t yet read her gorgeous performance text Montgomery Park, an “essay in the form of a building”–is a playwright, performer, singer, dancer, video artist, scholar, and…ukelele player. She used to co-host a radio show on WFMU with playwright (and Mad Men writer!) Jason Grote (those playlists are an amazing resource, too, while we’re at it–David Neumann & Will Eno’s SENTENCE? yes please), and in general has been “making work in and out of New York City since 1995” (currently living in New Orleans).

What she’s added to her site today for the poets is a “setting of Christine Hume’s ‘Somniloquy’ from her book SHOT, commissioned by Christine for a set of audio adaptations and settings of her writing. Apparently in the show, you had to listen to this piece by lying on a pillow, with the speaker underneath.” Listen to that, as well as an abridged version of Syers’ radio play, Some Things Cease to Be While Others Still Are.

Next is for you close listeners: The program Publishing Talks, a series of podcast interviews with book industry pros, features this week none other than one of our primary go-tos for poetry recordings, PennSound! David Wilk interviews both Charles Bernstein and Al Filreis. “There is really nothing like it in the world,” writes Wilk, “and for anyone interested in poetry, poetics, or the literary world of the past 100 years, it is an incredibly important resource. The energy and dedication that has gone into this unmatched collection of recordings of poets reading, lecturing and talking about poetry is a gift whose impact will be felt for many years to come….There is something new and compelling posted at PennSound almost every day. Please visit, spend some time, and enjoy the rich trove of poetry as spoken and discussed by the poets themselves.portrait-for-home-page Even those who don’t read or even like poetry have their minds changed by the experience of hearing the words out loud.”

Agreed. And that’s not even counting PennSound Cinema, which hosts Robert Ashley operas, Rudy Burckhardt films, parts of Henry Hills’s infamous and wonderful Emma’s Dilemma, and the “combination of cut-out animation, pixillation and live action on a sureal cartoonish set” that is Mimi Gross and Red Grooms’s Fat Feet, among much much more of those seminal avants.

And a transformative moving visual that’s happily tampering with our eyelids today is this video of Matthew Stadler lecturing in the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam on the interior, hosted by Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Technological and political change—particularly the reach of digital technologies and state and market involvement in them—has made conventional notions of “the interior” obsolete. Stadler proposes a broader concept—the interior as the space of composition—and argues for the urgency of design work and research into this broader concept.

Stadlers’ five novels (including Allan Stein and Landscape: Memory) animate dream-like interiors within vividly described cityscapes that are equal parts historical and fantastic, in prose the American writer Lydia Davis calls “permeated with Nabokovian grace and intelligence.” The late critic Guy Davenport esteemed him “among the foremost gifted, vigorous, and original novelists of our time.” Since working as literary editor of Nest: A Quarterly of Interiors, all six years of the much-missed journals existence Stadler has been a welcome literary voice in architecture and design, most recently with his new book Deventer (NAi/010 publishers), about the interplay of power and hope in the design process.

Turn off the overhead, light a candle, watch it below. Happy almost Friday, and thanks to Lisa Robertson for the tip.

The 9th Benno Premsela lecture, by Matthew Stadler: Interior design in war time. from Het Nieuwe Instituut on Vimeo.

The 9th Benno Premsela lecture, by Matthew Stadler: Interior design in war time. from Het Nieuwe Instituut on Vimeo.

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Posted in Poetry News on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.