Re-contextualized by the economy of video and images online, television today is an uncannily constant stream of characters, catchphrases, assaults, and situations purveyed by “networks” of a different kind—a continuous, if strangely anachronistic, site for the creation and recreation of conventions for acting and image-making. Several steps removed from Time Warner, Rafferty’s images and Wagner’s lines glance at TV’s unsleeping animation. Much as Rafferty’s waterlogged stills represent a vernacular treatment of celebrity, Wagner’s poems channel the absorptive power of the set from the next room, by turns distorting, vernacularizing, and speaking in stranger, stronger affective terms. Join us for a dialogue about contemporary writing and artistic practice and the feeling of TV.
- Catherine Wagner teaches in the MA program in creative writing at Miami University and lives in Oxford, OH with her son Ambrose. She is the author of the book Nervous Device (City Lights Publishers, 2012).
- Sara Greenberger Rafferty is a New York–based interdisciplinary artist. In 2011, she had solo exhibitions at the Suburban, in Chicago, and at Rachel Uffner Gallery, in New York. Rafferty has also had solo exhibitions at the Kitchen and MoMA PS1, both in New York. She is an assistant professor of art at Hampshire College.
- Lucy Ives is the author of five books of poetry and prose, most recently The Hermit (The Song Cave). Her novel Impossible Views of the World will be published by Penguin Press in 2017.
- Peter J. Russo is director of Triple Canopy and a founding member of Common Practice New York. From 2009 until 2012, he organized the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. He has previously worked with such organizations as Printed Matter and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.