• Alison Knowles, The House of Dust. Image courtesy Alison Knowles and James Fuentes, NY

Lecture “Dwelling, Dislocation and the Digital”

Graduate Center, CUNY, New York. In the context of The House of Dust exhibition at the James Gallery
29 September, 2016

Participants: Meena Alexander, English, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Daisy Atterbury, The Ph.D. Program in English, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Iris Cushing, The Ph.D. Program in English, The Graduate Center, CUNY; David Joselit, Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

How does a gathering of people within a house of poetry provide new insights on migration, belonging, and culture beyond currently-held notions of sovereignty ? Alison Knowles' House of Dust computer-generated poem of 1967 and subsequent architectural structures in New York and California in the early 1970s, have inspired artworks, gifts, sound environments, poetry, and performances in the late 60s and today. For this evening, poet and scholar Meena Alexander read her new work written in response to The House of Dust that continued her investigations of migrant memory, dwelling and dislocation. She was joined by art critic, historian, and curator David Joselit, who discussed his interests in the globalized and digitized conditions of art in the 21st century. This evening of reading and conversation was moderated by Daisy Atterbury and Iris Cushing.

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