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VSK PROJECT: JILL MAGI an extract from SLOT

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm

 

 

 

then I had news        people were washed away they say

water went away they say            fog was not complete

 

they say your eyes do not mistakes

people were washed away

 

from the nothing

the increase

 

from the tile the paver the sacred the numinous

to gather from his hairbrush the news

 

the fork the wire the sacred small papers of rain

the beam the cutter was not they say

 

from the nothing

the increase the many the faded the washed away

 

your eyes do not make mistakes

they say

“On my way to Hiroshima,” wrote Noguchi, “where I was to propose the design of two bridges for the Peace Park, I stopped by the city of Gifu to watch the cormorant fishing.”

 

How far beneath and silently?

 

“A low wall, perhaps four feet in height, surrounds upturned video monitors emitting blue light. This modesty screen is intended to prevent small children from watching the graphic and murderous scenes.”

 

“A clerestory, pronounced clearstory, is a high wall with a band of narrow windows along the very top.”

 

She wrote that disasters are revealers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which comfort do you seek, wringing out the sorrow previously held in order to make way for the new?

 

How much violence is an echo?

 

 

 

I await your reply, which I expect will be global-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Flannel-board Story Activity:

 

Please help students compare their lives to the enslaved child.

 

Dear Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Welcome

 

to a dynamic opinion pulse

 

that illustrates the tensions of translating. Dear Lesson Plan:

 

watch digitally enlarged sentences scroll upward in a vertical polling chamber and feel the proof of it,

 

my craning neck. Dear Conspiracy: Take your opinion

 

and make me a city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Tower of Faces: I know nothing about you

 

except your collective status as victim. Archive: We are coping

 

with huge sets of historical data.

 

Visitors: Use your key

 

to record opinions immediately,

 

tally and present your pillar of thought, your architect, our father, your mark.

 

Sincerely yours, White Wall of Rescuers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the lowest right corner of the wall, I read the following instructions:

 

To see the real thing, no reconstructions, a student will make a diorama depicting history to the left, such as Anne Frank, and to the right of the register: black people in miniature, plus a squaw, another squaw,

 

to purchase to make a disaster event with feathers with beads with real –

 

 

 

 

We tell the world what the children draw for sale will save us.

 

 

 

Dear Venn Diagram:

Students will write a class story dealing with a slave who becomes free, using free-writing to express feelings, fast, without thinking, without crossing out, and preferably timed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Platforms will be built with seminal views to reconnect the visitor to the outside world.”

 

 

 

 

But visitor, where did you go?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A marble floor tile shifts

 

and in its loosened state I slip down into a basement

and there I meet Fred Wilson, mining the museum, saying:

 

“This situation in the world is not particularly worse than other moments. It just depends on who you are. It helps to diffuse the anxiety knowing that you’re in this continuum.”

 

 

He pulls paintings out of storage. He draws a line to that point.

 

 

 

“Despite red velvet linings, memories are like nettles that come back long after the first touch.”

 

“Whose memories?”

 

“I have a family,” answers the didactic.

 

 

 

 

 

from the nothing the increase

I make a space

 

between me and this room

what I feel of my old sadness

 

is a shining blue-like body

from the nothing to the increase

 

I reproduce myself endlessly

causing little figures

 

drawing thin lines

I break

 

with mourning

after the 13th day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rough Guide to the USA

Let’s Go USA

Rough Guide to New York City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag

Lonely Planet USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Language of Inquiry and One Continuous Mistake hold bookmarks that read “Borders Books.”

 

A month after the event, the kind man told me to go and mourn the destroyed books. He unfurled the following blueprint:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To give a glass bowl.

Go into the forest and hang their clothes from trees.

 

 

To make a new entrance to the building.

Give everyone a new name.

 

 

So as to remember the ruin.

Leave a space in the new house undone –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, Peter Eisenman explains how he fought to keep names off the stones of the Berlin Holocaust memorial.

 

At the ceremony to mark the beginning of its construction, he stumbles: “I never at many moments thought we would build this and here it is.”

 

The project is delayed when the company commissioned to make an anti-graffiti coating for the stones is found to have also produced gas for Nazi extermination camps.

 

On the day that the memorial opens, an “unidentified youth” is photographed jumping from pillar to pillar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Documentary:

Catalogue this wood-rot, this moss

encroaching. Preserve the footprint.

Bar-code a furrowed brow.

 

Please slot

your next erosion event with us.

 

 

 

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This is an extract from Jill Magi’s SLOT, forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse Dossier Series this fall.  Read the text as the author’s PDF here

Jill’s AUDIO LETTER TO DAVID, part of her SMALL TALK SMALL BOOKS residency for VerySmallKitchen’s DEPARTMENT OF MICRO-POETICS is here.

 

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DEPARTMENT OF MICRO POETICS: AUDIO LETTER TO DAVID and SMALL BOOKS by Jill Magi

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 8:42 am

Jill Magi and Stephen Motika, from PLEASURE IS A TREASURE (2010)

 

In September 2010 Jill Magi was  in residence at the DEPARTMENT OF MICRO POETICS with SMALL TALK SMALL BOOKS. The original announcement for that residency can be seen here. Jill described the project as follows:

SMALL TALK SMALL BOOKS is a four-day residency/poets retreat taking place in theDEPARTMENT OF MICRO-POETICS. Jill Magi will be in residence for four days, inviting four New York area poet publishers and editors to come and talk informally about poetry, respond to the text works installed in the DEPARTMENT, discuss the relationship between publishing and writing, and chit chat about other topics perhaps not related to poetry.

Jill Magi and Sara Joredeno, What did you do with your body or mind? (2010)

Jill Magi and Jennifer Firestone, direction for how to leave poetry (2010)

A cross between coffee klatch, talk show, cooking show (where something is made together), and workshop, each SMALL TALK SMALL BOOKS session culminates in Jill and her guest making a small book together. The text for the small book—it may be prose, poetry, a survey, an essay or manifesto—comes out of the time they spend together talking, responding, and doing some writing together.

 

Jill Magi and Sara Jordeno at the THE DEPARTMENT OF MICRO-POETICS

 

Jill used the DEPARTMENT OF MICRO-POETICS to meet and discuss with Stephen Motika, Jennifer Firestone and Sara Jordeno. The images in this post document the books that were made. These were: PLEASURE IS A TREASURE (w/Jennifer Firestone); direction for how to leave poetry (w/ Stephen Motika) and What did you do with your body or mind? (w/ Sara Jordeno).

The original invitation for the residency invited artists to send a letter about their work, and Jill sent the following AUDIO LETTER TO DAVID.

 

 

The essay was first broadcast as part of VerySmallKitchen’s contribution to WRITING/ EXHIBITION/ PUBLICATION/ PRESENTATION/ DISCUSSION/ PERFORMANCE/ READING/ LISTENING/ SINGING/ PLAYING, curated by Sarah Jury and Ruth Beale for Charlie Woolley’s RADIO SHOW project at SPACE Studios on Oct 6.

On October 30th the SMALL BOOKS will be part of VerySmallKitchen’s contribution to SIDESHOW in Nottingham. More info about that project here.

THE DEPARTMENT OF MICRO POETICS IN NEW YORK: JILL MAGI IN RESIDENCE

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2010 at 9:10 am

Jill Magi will be the first artist in residence at the DEPARTMENT OF MICRO-POETICS, VerySmallKitchen’s long distance residency at the AC Institute, New York. Jill will be in the space on Sat 11th, Wed 15h, Thurs 16th, and Sat 18th September, conducting her project SMALL TALK SMALL BOOKS.

Jill’s description of the project is as follows: 

SMALL TALK SMALL BOOKS is a four-day residency/poets retreat taking place in the DEPARTMENT OF MICRO-POETICS. Jill Magi will be in residence for four days, inviting four New York area poet publishers and editors to come and talk informally about poetry, respond to the text works installed in the DEPARTMENT, discuss the relationship between publishing and writing, and chit chat about other topics perhaps not related to poetry. 

A cross between coffee klatch, talk show, cooking show (where something is made together), and workshop, each SMALL TALK SMALL BOOKS session culminates in Jill and her guest making a small book together. The text for the small book—it may be prose, poetry, a survey, an essay or manifesto—comes out of the time they spend together talking, responding, and doing some writing together. 

The small book will be formatted there on the spot, printed out in a small batch, and stapled together.  Copies of these books–a small box set–will be kept at the DEPARTMENT “on file,” and sent to the U.K. for The Pigeon Wing sister exhibition. Others will be distributed under the auspices of SONA BOOKS, a chapbook press organized by Jill Magi, and also according to the poets’ desires.

The SMALL TALK SMALL BOOKS schedule is as follows:

 11th: with Stephen Motika, poet and editor at Nightboat Books

15th: with Jennifer Firestone, poet and editor of Letters to Poets

16th: with Paolo Javier, poet and editor of 2nd Avenue Press

18th: with Sara Jordeno, visual artist/writer 

Jill has also contributed an installation work, that will be present in the space throughout the exhibition, which runs from Sep 9- October 16th. This invites reworkings to her book THREADS, according to the following score:

More about Jill’s work can be found on her website here, which documents both her own written and visual work and that of her small press, Sona Books. Her book TORCHWOOD is published by Shearsman books. Recent projects include the unfolding “text-image work-in-progess” LABOR, excerpts from which can be seen in PEEP/SHOW and Critiphoria

A correspondence with Cecilia Vicuna, part of the Letters to Poets project, can be seen here

More information on The Department of Micro-Poetics can be seen here.  Future residencies will include Kai Fierle-Hedrick and Rachel Zolf, and Paolo Javier.  More info to follow.