Artists Space

In Visible Architectures:

Whitney Claflin & Corina Copp
(in collaboration with Tymberly Canale & Lanny Jordan Jackson)

October 23, 2015, 7pm

In Visible Architectures: Three Evenings of Performative Poetry Readings is a series of poetry readings focusing on performance programmed through three consecutive Fridays in October.

Friday, October 9, 7pm
Juliana Huxtable & LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

Friday, October 16, 7pm
Alejandro Miguel Justino Crawford, Ian Hatcher & Sophia Le Fraga

Friday, October 23, 7pm
Whitney Claflin & Corina Copp (in collaboration with Tymberly Canale & Lanny Jordan Jackson)

An abstract mixed-media artwork featuring three yellow circles and spatterings of multicolored paint on a white canvas. Light blue text at the top of the composition reads, "dose style."
Whitney Claflin, Hiatus, 2015. Mixed media on linen. Courtesy the artist and Real Fine Arts, New York. [An abstract mixed-media artwork featuring three yellow circles and spatterings of multicolored paint on a white canvas. Light blue text at the top of the composition reads, "dose style."]

“Performance is a bothersome word for writerly poets” writes poet Nathaniel Mackey in his essay “Sight-Specific, Sound-Specific…” from 2005. Despite twentieth century poetry’s rich tradition of performance, Mackey notes that in poetry there is often an expectation for words do the performing, as opposed to people or things. Yet, language exists beyond just words, and functions in tandem with images, gestures, bodies and technologies. In this series of readings, distinctions between the language of performance and the performance of language are blurred. Foregrounded are writerly poets who embrace images, gestures, bodies and technologies in the presentation of their poetry – as elements that don’t overshadow their poetics, but are embraced as part of its liveliness, and of reading as a social experience.

The series is structured via themes of sound, the body, technology, theater and comedy. These themes offer different formal histories for poets to explore the presentation of poetic language. Juliana Huxtable and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs both experiment with the effects of audio distortion and sampling. Sophia Le Fraga, Ian Hatcher and Alejandro Miguel Justino Crawford all utilize different digital technologies to question the ground of their poetry. Whitney Claflin and Corina Copp present relational and formal theatrical environments from which their poetics unfold.

There is an invisible architecture often supporting
the surface of the poem, interrupting the progress of the poem. It reaches
into the poem
in search for an identity with the poem,
its object is to possess the poem for a brief time, even as an apparition appears.

writes Barbara Guest in her poetic essay, “Invisible Architecture” (2000). In this she understands the formal and historical context of the poem as a material that contributes to its meaning – as both apart from and a part of poetic language. Reading functions similarly; it is not a neutral action, but contributes to the meaning of the text presented. In a moment when language and presentation of self alike are understood as multiple, and bound within wider, connected systems, performance becomes a means of making the “invisible architecture” of the poem visible, and activating it as a poetic material in itself.

Whitney Claflin (b. 1983, Providence) is an artist living and working in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Super Killer Instinct, The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, and Crows, Real Fine Arts, New York. Police Heads, her first book of poetry, was published by Dasmundt in February, 2015. She has previously performed in a subterranean mall, a beach bungalow, and on the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

Corina Copp
Little Theatre at Dixon Place, New York, NY, March 10, 2014
L-R: Lanny Jordan Jackson, Charity Coleman, Cecilia Corrigan
Photo by Jocelyn Spaar

Corina Copp is a writer and theater artist based in NYC. She is the author of The Green Ray (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), and several chapbooks of poetry, including ALL STOCK MUST GO (Shit Valley Verlag, UK, 2014) and Pro Magenta/Be Met (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011). Recent work can be found in Imperial Matters, Open House, Cabinet, BOMB, Triple Canopy's Corrected Slogans: Reading and Writing Conceptualism, and elsewhere; and forthcoming in a book project in collaboration with painter Alan Reid and editor Rachel Valinsky. Her performance work has been presented at Home Alone 2 Gallery, Dixon Place, The NYC Prelude Festival, The Invisible Dog Art Center, and through the support of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace program. She is currently developing a three-part play inspired by the work of Marguerite Duras, The Whole Tragedy of the Inability to Love. The first installment, SUSANSWERPHONE, will premiere at The Chocolate Factory Theater in 2017.

Tymberly Canale has been a collaborator and performer with New York City-based Big Dance Theater since 1995 and received a 2010 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for her work with the company. She recently performed alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov in Man in a Case in an extensive 2013/2014 United States tour. Choreographic credits include Jules Verne: From the Earth To The Moon at BAM Fisher (2015) and *I HATE F** MEXICANS, written by Luis Enrique Gutierrez Ortiz Monasterio, and directed by Danya Taymor. Canale was the Assistant Choreographer for the Theater for a New Audience production of John Ford’s The Broken Heart as well as contributing movement for the David Byrne/Alex Timbers/Annie-B Parson production of Here Lies Love. She is currently on faculty at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Marymount Manhattan College and Rutgers University.

Lanny Jordan Jackson is a filmmaker, poet, and performer living in NYC. Among his short films are The Companion (2012), Vivian (2013), Triple Shark Cerberus (2013), and Scorpio vs. Glass Door Restaurant (2014), made in collaboration with Trisha Low and Kim Rosenfield. He is currently in the process of fabricating a feature-length film, tentatively titled The Accommodation for a Solitary B.