The following is a transcript of an interview with Kenneth Goldsmith conducted at the office of the Academy of American Poets on June 17,
Conceptual art and conceptual writing[ edit ] The first notable difference from conceptual art is that textual-orientated gestures such as copying, erasing or replacing words prevail in conceptual writing. The second difference is that, while conceptual strategies "are embedded in the writing process", recent conceptual writing has a relationship with the development and rise of the computers and especially of the Internet: Robert Fitterman writes that: It is significant though that many of these writers, including Kenneth Goldsmithare often supported by art institutions and may still come from art backgrounds.
Conceptual poetry or ConPo is often used as a name for the entire movement which has more recently emerged and largely originates in the American academic scene of the s although conceptual writers are present today in most countries with avant-garde traditions .
Both the new conceptual writers and their well-established conceptual writing anthology magazine, the Language poets among which David AntinClark CoolidgeLyn HejinianBernadette Mayer or Ron Silliman also authored conceptual writingshave been placed by the critic Marjorie Perloff in an American tradition dating back to Gertrude Stein and the Objectivists .
The Flarf poetry group is often mentioned in the same context and at least some of their works are considered conceptual, but are different in some aspects to the "pure" conceptualists. Managing Language in the Digital Age Poetics after Critique and the End of the Individual Voice", in which she considers that "Conceptual writing was intriguing and provocative.
In the last few years, its practices have generated much debate.
But as its outlines have become more defined, it seems to be passing into another phase. Institutionalization often signals that energetic innovation is becoming history or at least has ceased to break new ground.
The use of the first person pronoun in poetry is as various and complex as the use of language itself". A recurrent critique regards "the limited locus and demographic".
She provides here the following clarification: The techniques themselves are neutral; how one employs them is where poetics begins. Attempting to trademark these techniques i.
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Containing both conceptual and lyrical writings or a mix of boththe books published in this collection may be considered in some ways Post-conceptual.
Works classified as conceptual writings[ edit ] Denis Diderot: Le livreunfinished — generative procedures of a modular book whose content is not mentioned at all in the draft manuscripts Marcel Duchamp: Mona Lisa — a transcription of a passage of Walter H.
Akustisches Cabaret — list of "ideas" for an "acoustic cabaret" Brion Gysin: Minutes to Go — cut-ups technique also applied by William S. BurroughsAndy Warhol and others.BOMB Magazine has been publishing conversations between artists of all disciplines since I hate conceptual writing and utterly despise the modern-day (or should I say post-modern day) typical liberal college child mindset of incessantly pursuing very radical yet very uncreative ideas that create no meaning of any significant value or of any significant interest and are the hallmark of pseudo intellectuals.
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As usual I’m passing these on in good faith but mistakes may be made, so . However, one of the greatest strengths of Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith’s Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing (Northwestern UP, Evanston, IL, , isbn #—) is that it does precisely that.
History of the term.
Although conceptual poetry may have freely circulated in relation to some text-based Conceptual art works (during the heyday of the movement), "conceptual writing" was coined as a term in , while The UbuWeb Anthology of Conceptual Writing was created by Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith (the on-line anthology .
Dworkin and Goldsmith provide a solid start for one to look at or teach Conceptual Writing today. This anthology is best paired with the Les Figues Press book which came out about a year after this, as well as Vanessa Place's writings on Conceptualisms.