Media Poetries: Luis Camnitzer & Tan Lin

  • Online event
  • Wednesday, 9 February 2022
  • Live discussion, starting at 6pm. Part of our Sculpture & Poetry Research Season, developed in partnership with Corridor8 and the University of Leeds.

Luis Camnitzer and Tan Lin discuss the binds between form, content and context that shape the impact of public language.

Luis Camnitzer is an artist and writer. His work ranges from gallery installations to cultural criticism. His work explores systems of power, ideologies of education, and the public value of art through an overtly political model of Conceptualism. Tan Lin is a poet and artist. His work ranges from fiction writing to video. His work explores the hybridity of cultural experiences through personal, material and technical processes of recall.

This in the final event in a four-part series that brings together two acclaimed practitioners from different backgrounds for artistic ‘blind dates’, where they discuss how their work combines a care for materiality with a desire to stretch language.

Chaired by Nick Thurston (Associate Professor in Fine Art, University of Leeds), the four events establish a series of new conversations. Our guests come from across four generations and five continents. They work with many languages and almost as many disciplines, including installation art, dance, performance poetry, ceramics, textiles and digital literature. All events will feature solo presentations and live conversations held online. Extra reference resources for each guest and an evolving package of engagement activities for schools and families will be available to access on the project microsite.  


This event is free, and takes place online on Zoom on Wednesday 9 February, starting at 6pm.

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About the speakers   

Luis Camnitzer is a Uruguayan artist who has lived in the USA since 1964. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship for Printmaking in 1961 and for Visual Arts in 1982. In 2011 he was awarded the Frank Jewitt Mather Award of the College Art Association. In 2012 he received the Skowhegan Medal and the USA Ford Fellow award. He is a Professor Emeritus of Art, State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. He represented Uruguay in the Venice Biennial 1988 and participated in the Whitney Biennial (New York, 2000) and the Documenta XI (Kassel, 2002). In 2018 a retrospective of his work was held in the Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid). He was curator for the Viewing Program of the Drawing Center in New York from 1999 to 2006 and the Pedagogical Curator of the 6th Bienal del Mercosur in 2007. His numerous books include New Art of Cuba (University of Texas Press, 1994/2004), Arte y Enseñanza: La ética del poder (Casa de América, 2000), Didactics of Liberation: Conceptualist Art in Latin America (University of Texas Press, 2007), De la Coca-Cola al Arte Boludo (Metales Pesados, 2009), On Art, Artists, Latin America and Other Utopias (University of Texas Press, 2010), and One Number Is Worth One Word (E-flux & Sternberg Press, 2020).

Tan Lin is the author of over twelve experimental books that range from poetry to a novel, exploring ‘ambient literature’ and post-digital culture, including 7 Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary. 2004. The Joy of Cooking (Wesleyan University Press, 2010) and Insomnia and the Aunt (Kenning Editions, 2011). His articles on post-war art and contemporary poetics have been published in Criticism, boundary2 and Cabinet. He received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant for Poetry (2012), the Association for Asian American Studies Award for Literature (2010) and a Getty Distinguished Scholar Grant (2005). Lin’s video and film works have screened at Artists Space, Performa 09, MoMA PS1 and the Whitney Museum (all New York). A solo exhibition of his work was held at Treize Gallery (Paris, 2017). He was the Visiting Literary Arts Digital Writer at Brown University in 2018 and will be guest teaching at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Lyon, 2022.

Sculpture & Poetry Research Season

This six-month research season celebrates practitioners and scholars who explore the connections between poetry and sculpture and have developed critical or imaginative ways of turning our attention to them. It brings together two academic conferences and four public discussions between renowned artists and poets.

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Sculpture & Poetry microsite

A free-to-access, dynamic microsite, developed with our media partner Corridor8, forms a digital archive for this season.

It serves as a searchable resource for the whole programme as it grows, creates connections between content and themes, and includes comprehensive bios and reference material.

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