Light Industry: Nathaniel Dorsky + Susan Howe
Tuesday, July 24,19:30h
155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn, NY
One of America’s preeminent contemporary poets, Susan Howe has published a series of writings, since the 1970s, that combine autobiography and historical research—on such topics as Emily Dickinson, Charles S. Peirce, and the 17th century utopian sect The Labadie Tract. In addition to their roles as scholarship and memoir, Howe's works are also notable for their highly idiosyncratic page design, frequently involving complex typography, line placement, and other visual patterning that point to the influence of her initial training as a painter. Identified with the Language poets early in her career, Howe has created a body of essays and poetry that invoke deep emotional resonance while operating at the highest levels of formal experimentation.
For this event at Light Industry, Howe will read selections from her writing, chosen with the work of filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky in mind, particularly Devotional Cinema, his series of lectures on the possibility of film as a meditative, curative and transcendent experience. The reading will be followed by a screening of Dorsky’s Alaya, a silent study of grains of sand, captured from a multitude of viewpoints, that transforms its relatively simple subject matter into a mesmerizing, ever-shifting landscape.