We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers.
Dr. Peter Jaeger
Peter Jaeger is a Canadian text-based artist, poet, and literary critic now living in London. His recent publications include John Cage and Buddhist Ecopoetics (Bloomsbury 2013) and 540493390 (University of London, Veer Press 2014). He is one of the very few writers based in the UK to have work included in Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing (Northwestern University Press, 2010). He has also shown bookworks and performed his work at various galleries and art festivals, including MACBA in Barcelona, the Whitechapel Gallery and the ICA in London, the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol, and the 12th Istanbul International Biennial of Contemporary Art. Jaeger is Professor of Poetics at Roehampton University in London.
This keynote presentation explores the use of motifs in several of Peter’s texts, including Rapid Eye Movement (2009) and The Persons (2011). Peter will demonstrate the working methods for his new book A Field Guide to Lost Things, (forthcoming 2014), with a special focus on the book’s use of formal and thematic motifs. Peter’s presentation will broaden beyond the specific scope of his own research and will lead towards a discussion of practice-led method vis à vis the use of motifs.
http://www. informationasmaterial.org/ portfolio/the-persons/
Jerome Fletcher is an academic/writer/performer. He is Associate Professor of Performance Writing and the MFA co-ordinator at Falmouth University. His practice-led research focuses on the relationship between digital text and performativity. His digital textwork, Pentimento was short-listed for the New Media Writing Prize 2012
As a page-based writer he has published three children’s books with OUP, Scholastic and Corgi, three literary concept books with Dedalus and a translation of a French novella. His own work has been translated into eight languages. He has also made a number of artist’s books and experimental texts.
His performance works comprise live voice, projection, digital text generation and sound. He has performed at the Barbican London, Kunsthalle Vienna, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Leo Koenig Gallery New York, as well as in Naples, Moscow, Paris, Barcelona and Prague. His latest work, The Fetch, was performed at the Centre Pompidou Paris in September 2013.
Nick Thurston is a poet and non-fiction writer whose art works are exhibited and collected internationally. His most recent book, Of the Subcontract, was published in 2013. His poetic writings have been anthologised in volumes including Against Expression (Northwestern UP), reviewed in periodicals like The American Book Review, and are the subject of scholarship in books including No Medium (MIT). Interviews with him and reviews by him have appeared in print and online for BOMB Magazine (New York), Afterall (London) and The Iowa Review (Iowa). Since 2006 he has been a co-editor of the independent publishing imprint information as material (York), with whom he was Writer in Residence at the Whitechapel Gallery (London) 2011-12. He took up an academic post at the University of Leeds in 2012 and was an Artist in Residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art this year.
This keynote presentation will explore a related but other quality of book indexes, namely the way in which their format re-constellates those names and concepts in a rigid, dense but interesting way.
Nick will relate some of his work with such constellations to a micro-history of creative indexes, to some of the conceptualist concerns of contemporary poetry more generally, and to wider ideas of indexicality and cross-referencing beyond literature. During Nick’s talk he will make direct reference to his 2007 chapbook, Historia Abscondita (An Index of Joy), a full and free PDF version of which can be downloaded from the Electronic Poetry Centre’s Digital Library (ed. Charles Bernstein)(337 KB).
Due to unforeseen circumstances we regret to announce that Fiona Templeton will not be able to deliver her keynote at MOTIF:2014