Institutional Garbage book release + FACSIMILE

Readings, art, and performance at the Ace Hotel

Friday, October 19, 2018
Ace Hotel Chicago
311 N Morgan St.
Chicago, IL 60607

On October 19th at 7 p.m., the Green Lantern Press in collaboration with Ace Hotel Chicago will celebrate the launch of Institutional Garbagean experimental publication edited by Lara Schoorl that endeavors conjure of a 2016 online exhibition that originally presented the administrative residue of imaginary public institutions. The evening will include readings by Dao NguyenWilly Smart, and Anne Yoder, followed by performances by David Hall and Artist Statement.

Coinciding with this launch is the opening of FACSIMILE: a group exhibition at Ace Hotel Chicago guest-curated by Institutional Garbage contributor Britton Bertran. Featuring the work of Joshua Caleb Weibley, Omar Velazquez, Jason Pickleman, and Bean Gilsdorf, the show explores the residual effect of objects and ideas that pre-exist. Follow this link for more information about the exhibition.

About the book: Curated by Caroline Picard and Lara Schoorl, Institutional Garbage (the book) is based on an online exhibit with the same name that resulted from a 2014 invitation from RISD students posed to the Green Lantern Press during the Hyde Park Art Center’s 75th anniversary. Both the online exhibition and the publication were designed by Pouya Ahmadi.

Praise for Institutional Garbage (the book):
“Close your eyes. Or rather, imagine your eyes are closed as you read this blurb. Now envision a dump—the dump in your hometown, say. Only it’s not full of refrigerators and tires. It’s full of ideas and all of the pictures from your utopic vacation to an island last summer that were lost when your phone disappeared on a trip home over the winter. But the dump is leaking. Leachate pools on the data mound’s perimeter. Ah. But the photos have been subtly rearranged by their fermentation: that is indeed you sitting there on the motorcycle, just like last summer, but … also something different. And that is you, holding this book, but … also, something else.”  —G.E. Gerridae

“We recognize the presence of lifeforms in the trails they leave behind. The institution, a structure that forms when human agents act in tandem, produces and is a repository for waste. In this sense, the institution calls blurbs into being. No one reads blurbs, yet they must be written. Authors hate blurbs and condemn them to the back cover, where they can only be seen if the viewer grabs the book by its spine and ogles its backside. Readers skim them witt scatalogical discernment, looking for signs of decay or the remnants of a healthy organism. Blurbs disappoint us in ways we expect and, following this dictum, we make them disappointing. We don’t want our shit to smell good for other people, after all.” —Evan Kleekamp

Britton Bertran is the Director at Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago. He is also a Chicago-based independent curator and Lecturer at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Arts Administration and Policy Department. Previous positions held include Fellows Program Officer for United States Artists and Educational Programs Manager at Urban Gateways, a non-profit Art Education organization. He also owned and directed 40000, a contemporary art gallery in the West Loop and was the Visual Arts Consultant for the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Prior independent curatorial projects include New Icon at the Loyola University Museum of Art and Artists Run Chicago at the Hyde Park Art Center. Britton earned an MA in Arts Administration from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

David Hall writes in sentences and often works with materials already charged with significance.

Lara Schoorl is a writer and art historian from the Netherlands and currently lives in Los Angeles, where she runs Close Distance Journal and studies Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Westcliff University. Her writing can be found at The Los Angeles Review of Books, The University of Arizona Poetry Center 1508 BlogFOUNDATIONS, and The Conversant, and is forthcoming with The Green Lantern Press (2018) and Not A Cult (2019).

Dao Nguyen is a Chicago-based, interdisciplinary artist. Their name is a homophone for the Vietnamese word for knife. They are the compact, red Leatherman multi-tool your aunt gave you for Christmas ten years ago. On sale at Marshall’s. Versatility and hidden strength in a small package at a discount. Stealthy enough to pass through security checkpoints on three continents on four separate occasions. They can cut, screw, file, saw, and open your beer. Bonus applications include carving miniature graphite figurines, picking locks, and sculpting tofu. They have exhibited and performed in backyards, bathrooms, stairwells, highways, white cubes, and black box spaces, including Sector 2337, Defibrillator, the MCA, Hyde Park Art Center, Sullivan Galleries, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Brea Art Gallery, The Foundry Arts Centre, and Irvine Fine Arts Center. They received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was Artist-in-Residence at ACREVermont Studio CenterRagdaleElsewhere: A Living Museum, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

Willy Smart is an artist and writer who works in presentational and propositional forms. Willy makes lectures, sculpture, and publications that propose extended modes and objects of reading and recording. Willy directs the conceptual record label Fake Music (

Artist Statement is Omar Velazquez and Bryant Worley.
Anne K. Yoder is a staff writer for The Millions and a member of Meekling Press. Her writing has appeared in FenceBomb, and Music and Literature, among other publications, and an excerpt from her novel is forthcoming in MAKE.


Joni Murphy + Kristi McGuire

On Saturday, October 20, Joni Murphy and Kristi McGuire will give readings. Doors open at 7pm. This event is free.

Joni Murphy is a writer from New Mexico who lives in New York. Her work has appeared in 7×7, Canadian Art, Brick and elsewhere. She has created performance and sound art for ACRE, Resonance FM, and Sound Development City. Her debut novel, Double Teenage, was published by Book*hug. It was named one of The Globe and Mail’s 100 best books of 2016. Her novel Talking Animals, is set to come out with FSG Originals in 2020.

Kristi McGuire is an artist-educator, writer, and researcher. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; concurrently, for a decade, she worked as the Web/New Media Editor at the University of Chicago Press, and and continues to work as Consulting Editor at the Graham Foundation for the Advancement of the Fine Arts. She has collaborated with a spectrum of artists and scholars, for works published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, DOMINICA, Sternberg Press, Soberscove Press, Semiotext(e), Artists’ Platform and Projects, and Publication Studio. She is coeditor of Theorizing Visual Studies: Writing through the Discipline (Routledge, 2012).


Eduardo Kac: Telepresence, Bio Art & Poetry

Video Data Bank launch event with Eduardo Kac + Steve Tomasula

Fri Oct 26 from 7-9pm / doors open @ 6:30pm

Sector 2337 is pleased to host a launch event for Eduardo Kac: Telepresence, Bio Art & Poetry, a Video Data Bank box-set compilation of Eduardo Kac’s (pronounced “Katz”) work. The evening includes a conversation between Kac and Steve Tomasula, writer and contributor to the box-set’s accompanying publication. This three-disc box set features art works that expand the limits of locality, light, and language. Included is a 119-page monograph containing seven essays that investigate and elaborate on how Kac uses communication processes, biological life, and digital networks to create works that explore fundamental human experiences such as the fluidity of language, dialogical interaction, and awareness of our relative place in the larger community of life.

Praise for Kac:
“The impact of Kac’s transgenic art — and in particular his daring creation of new animals — on the contemporary art scene has been considerable. Looking at his works as a whole, one can see the artist’s audacious inventions and achievements as a decisive contribution to an expanded definition of art in the 21st Century. Kac’s works introduce a vital meaning into what has been known as the creative process, while also investing the artist-inventor with an original social and ethical responsibility.” — Frank Popper, Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics, University of Paris, 2017

“No one medium can hold Eduardo Kac. His work ranges from body-based performance art and graffiti to the use of fax machines, slow-scan, digital poetry, telerobotics, the web, and biotechnology. In Kac’s art what mattersis not the storage medium but the concepts which, in his case, can only be expressed through the use of new technologies.” — Annick Bureaud, art press, 1999

Steve Tomasula is the author of the novels The Book of Portraiture (FC2); VAS: An Opera in Flatland (University of Chicago Press), an acclaimed novel of the biotech revolution; TOC: A New-Media Novel (FC2/University of Alabama Press); and most recently, IN&OZ (University of Chicago Press). He is also the author of a collection of short fiction, Once Human: Stories. Incorporating narrative forms of all kinds—from comic books, travelogues, journalism or code to Hong Kong action movies or science reports—Tomasula’s writing has been called a ‘reinvention of the novel,’ combining an ‘attention to society in the tradition of Orwell, attention to language in the tradition of Beckett, and the humor of a Coover or Pynchon.’ His writing often crosses visual, as well as written genres, drawing on science and the arts to take up themes of how we represent what we think we know, and how these representations shape our lives.  His short fiction has been published widely, and most recently in McSweeney’s, The Denver Quarterly, Fiction International, American Letters & Commentary, Western Humanities Review, Ninth Letter, and The Iowa Review where he received the Iowa Prize for the most distinguished work published in any genre. Recent essays on body art, literature and culture can be found in Data Made Flesh (Routledge), Musing the Mosaic (SUNY), Leonardo (M.I.T.), The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature, and numerous magazines both here and in Europe. He holds a doctorate in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame.

Video Data Bank was founded at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 1976 at the inception of the media arts movement, Video Data Bank (VDB) is a leading resource in the United States for video by and about contemporary artists. The VDB’s collection has grown to include the work of more than 600 artists and 6,000 video art titles. VDB is dedicated to fostering awareness and scholarship of the history and contemporary practice of video and media art through its distribution, education, and preservation programs. The collection is made available to museums and galleries, libraries and educational institutions, cultural institutions and alternative exhibitors through a far-reaching national and international distribution servicePrograms and activities include maintaining both analog and digital archives, preservation of historically important works of video art, the commissioning of essays and texts that contextualize artists’ work, the publication of curated programs and artists’ monographs, and an extensive range of public programs, including the online streaming program VDB TV.


Rodney Koeneke + Zhou Sivan

On Saturday, October 27, Rodney Koeneke and Zhou Sivan will give readings. Doors open at 7pm. This event is free.

Rodney Koeneke’s latest book of poems, Body & Glass, is just out from Wave Books. Other collections include Etruria (Wave Books, 2014), Musee Mechanique (BlazeVOX, 2006), and Rouge State (Pavement Saw, 2003). His work has appeared in The Brooklyn RailFenceGrantaHarper’s, Harriet, The NationPoetryZyzzyva, and elsewhere. An early member of the Flarf collective, he was active in the San Francisco Bay Area poetry scene until moving to Portland, Oregon in 2006, where he teaches in the History Department at Portland State University.

Zhou Sivan is the pen name of Nic Wong, a Malaysian writer based in Chicago. His e-chapbook of sonnets, Zero Copula (Delete Press, 2015), considers poetic and political questions of alignment and the constructedness of the breath-line. Sea Hypocrisy (DoubleCross Press and Projective Industries, 2016) is a hybrid lyric-satire-reportage piece that examines private and public, local and foreign media response to Malaysia’s policies on migrants and refugees. His work has appeared in Lana TurnerChicago ReviewAlmost Island, and Asymptote. He is finishing a comparative literature dissertation on the forms of intellectual history in Southeast Asian Chinese diaspora.

Claudia La Rocco + Anna Martine Whitehead

On Thursday, November 1, Claudia La Rocco will give a reading and Anna Martine Whitehead will give a performance. Doors open at 7pm. This event is free.

Claudia La Rocco is a writer whose work frequently revolves around interdisciplinary projects and collaborations. She is the author of The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited), selected poetry, performance texts, images and criticism; and the novel petit cadeau, published by The Chocolate Factory Theater as a print edition of one and a four-day, interdisciplinary live edition. She edited I Don’t Poem: An Anthology of Painters (Off the Park Press) and Dancers, Buildings and People in the Streets, the catalogue for Danspace Projectʼs PLATFORM 2015, for which she was guest artist curator. La Rocco’s poetry and prose have been published in such anthologies as 6X6 #34: I Like Softness (Ugly Duckling Presse),Imagined Theatres: Writing for a theoretical stage (Daniel Sack, ed; Routledge), and On Value (Ralph Lemon, ed; Triple Canopy). Her work has been presented by The Walker Art Center, The Kitchen, The Whitney Museum of American Art, et al. She has received grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, and had residencies at such places as Headlands Center for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and On the Boards theater. She teaches and lectures widely, including at Princeton University, the School of Visual Arts, San Francisco Ballet, and Tokyo’s Dance New Air festival; and has bylines in numerous publications, including ARTFORUMBOMBEast of Borneo, and The New York Times, where she was a dance and theater critic and reporter from 2005 to 2015. La Rocco founded the social and online criticism collective The Performance Club, and is editor in chief of SFMOMA’s art and culture platform Open Space.


Anna Martine Whitehead received her MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts, and has been presented by venues including the San José Museum of Art; Velocity Dance Center; Watts Towers Art Center; Chicago Cultural Center; AUNTS; Pieter pasd; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; HomeLA; CounterPULSE; and the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics. She has developed her craft by working in close collaboration with Onye Ozuzu, Jefferson Pinder, taisha paggett, Thomas Teurlais, Every house has a door, Keith Hennessy, BodyCartography Project, Julien Prévieux, Jesse Hewit, and the Prison + Neighborhood Art Project, among others. Martine has written about blackness, queerness, and bodies in action for Art21 Magazine, C Magazine, frieze, Art Practical; and contributed chapters to a range of publications including most recently Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance (Oxford, 2017). She has received generous support from Chicago Dancemakers Forum, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, DCASE, and Chances Dances Critical Fierceness; and has been supported most recently by residencies at Headlands, Pivot Arts, University of Michigan, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Links Hall, Djerassi, and High Concept Labs. Martine is the author of TREASURE | My Black Rupture (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016). Martine teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Find out more at

Leila Wilson + Alison Rollins

On Friday, November 9, Leila Wilson and Alison Rollins will give readings. Doors open at 7pm. This event is free.

In her poems, Leila Wilson focuses on how enclosed spaces—back yards, hospital rooms, acres, graves, and alleys—call us to recognize the buried and intermingled lives within them. As both a caretaker and patient, Wilson investigates blood counts; she looks at genetic mutations, familial devotion, and the costs of care. She is the author of The Hundred Grasses (Milkweed Editions), a finalist for the 2014 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.  She has an essay about Whitman and decomposition forthcoming in 21 | 19 (Milkweed Editions), a collection by contemporary poet-critics examining influences of 19th-century American writers. She is the recipient of a Friends of Literature Prize from Poetry Foundation, and her poems and essays have appeared in Iowa Review, Chicago Review, Poetry, A Public SpaceAmerican Letters and Commentary, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. She runs the Writing Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she also teaches creative writing and literature.

Alison C. Rollins’ first collection of poems, Library of Small Catastrophes, is to be published by Copper Canyon Press in the Spring of 2019. She is a librarian for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her work both supports and informs her poetry. She received her B.S. from Howard University and her M.L.I.S. from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, and New England Review, among others. She is a 2016 recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg fellowship and a 2018 recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She has  been awarded support from the Cave Canem Foundation, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Lynn Xu + Nathanaël

On Saturday, November 10, Lynn Xu + Nathanaël will give readings.

Lynn Xu + Nathanaël will each read and then together discuss Nathanaël’s new book just out from Nightboat Books, Pasolini’s Our.

Doors open at 7pm. This event is free.

Nathanaël is the author of more than a score of books written in English or in French, and published in the United States, Québec, and France.
Lynn Xu was born in Shanghai. She is the author of Debts & Lessons, a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, and June, a chapbook. With her family, she divides her time between Marfa, TX, and Chicago, IL, where she teaches at the University of Chicago.
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Chicago Art Book Fair

Nov 16-18 at the Chicago Athletic Association

The Chicago Art Book Fair began last year as an experiment in showcasing emerging directions and diverse legacies within small press arts publishing. The fair featured an international group of 125 arts publishers, small presses, book artists, comics artists, zinemakers and printmakers, with satellite programming and after parties. To our delight, our first effort made a splash with over 6,000 guests in attendance. In 2018, we look forward to bringing even more of Chicago’s people together with another fantastic roster of artist vendors. The Chicago Art Book Fair will once again convene at the historic Chicago Athletic Association, and shall remain free and open to the public. Organized by No Coast. More information about the fair, including a full list of exhibitors here.


The Fourth Annual Festival of Poets Theater

In Association with Green Lantern Press and Kenning Editions Present:

The Fourth Annual Festival of Poets Theater

Curated by Josh Hoglund
December 8th – December 9th, 2018

Continuing its annual tradition, Kenning Editions and the Green Lantern Press will presents its Festival of Poets Theater, curated by Josh Hoglund. Taking place over the course of two evening, participants include Blair Bogin, Joanna Furnans, David Hall and Julia Pello, Lin Hixson, and more.

Stay tuned for more information!

Poets theater is a genre of porous borders, one that emerges about the same time, and involving many of the same artists, as performance art, performance poetry (“spoken word”), conceptual and “intermedia” art. But poets have long been playwrights, either primarily (Sophocles, Shakespeare) or as a platform for postmodern literary experimentation (the operas and page plays of Gertrude Stein, for example). The Festival of Poets Theater will feature performances, screenings and readings over four nights, plus an afternoon of talks on the genre and salient examples of it.

Additional references:
Curatorial Rationale for the Second Annual Festival of Poets Theater (2016), by Devin King and Patrick Durgin.
Poets Theater 10 = the newspaper published by Green Lantern Press / Sector 2337 to accompany the Second Annual Festival of Poets Theater (2016).