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“Making Sense is Radical to Making Art”: The Bard MFA

by Corrine Fitzpatrick

On the way up to Bard College from Brooklyn this past July, I received my first-ever speeding ticket (73 in a 55 on the bucolic, two-laned, and well-patrolled Taconic State Parkway). Five days later, the night before I was to exit the bubble that is Bard back for the city, I ran over a nail somewhere on campus and found myself in the rain with a flat tire on a borrowed car. Up at Bard one tends toward the melodramatic, the cosmic, the meant-to-be, and—four years after I completed my tenure as a graduate student there—I read the signs pragmatically: [...] read more

Video School

Karen Barad: Re-membering the Future, Re(con)figuring the Past: Temporality, Materiality, and Justice-to-Come

Delivered as the keynote at the 2014 Annual Feminist Theory Workshop at the Women’s Studies Department of Duke University, theoretical physicist and feminist theorist Karen Barad outlines some of her most innovative concepts, such as “spacetimemattering” (matter as the ongoing differentiating of the world) and “quantum entanglement.” These traverse physics and philosophy, situating Barad’s main concern in this talk, which is to establish an empirical dimension for a Derridean ethics of “justice to come,” pursued through the Derridean means of showing nature “deconstructing” itself.  Barad takes the audience on a vertiginous trip through the history of quantum physics from the [...] read more

Lisa Robertson & Aisha Sasha John: In Conversation

This conversation was hosted in 2012 at The Arts and Letters Club in Toronto by the Toronto small press BookThug and the Toronto New School of Writing. It formed part of a launch of both poets’ new publications: Lisa Robertson’s Nilling: Prose, and Aisha Sasha John’s Gimme yr little quiet. The conversation begins in the sedate mode of an interview with Robertson. She details her experience of precarity dovetailing with geographic marginality by way of explaining her decision to live in rural France and her practical and affective symbiosis with the French language. The interview form gradually veers out in [...] read more