NOVUM: A Compendium of Theories, Ideas, & Explorations For the Curious and the Creative


Novum #2: Estranged Visions


Artist Leonora Carrington

7pm Saturday 4/16/11

Avenue 50 Studio
131 North Avenue 50
Highland Park, LA, CA

Cognitive Estrangement / Neurological Transcendence / (Dis)Embodied Voices / Residue / Cosmogony / (Re)Emergences /                                                                                     
Stellar Visions / Other Voices / The Metaphysical / Linguistic Possibilities


Lidia Yuknavitch
Sean Griffin
Will Alexander

Lidia Yuknavitch <> is the author of The Chronology of Water <> (Hawthorne Books), three books of short stories:  including Liberty’s Excess (FC2), and Real to Reel (FC2), as well as a critical book, Allegories of Violence (Routledge), and a forthcoming novel, The Small Backs of Children (Hawthorne Books).  She has twice been a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.  Her writing has been published in Ms., The Iowa Review, Exquisite Corpse, Tank, Another Chicago Magazine, and in the anthologies Life As We Show It: Writing on Film (City Lights), Wreckage of Reason: An Anthology of Contenporary Xxperimental Prose by Women Writers (Spuyten Duyvil), Forms At War: FC2 1999-2009, and Representing Bisexualities (NYU Press).  She teaches and lives in Portlandia.  Yes, it’s true.

Sean Griffin <> lives and works in Los Angeles. Encompassing many languages, styles, media and forms, Griffin’s unusual compositional works rely on interdisciplinary incongruities positioned at the intersection of sound, image, performance, and the archive. His works manifest as large and small-scale operas, collaborative installations, complex numeric choreographies and historically weighted performance works. He has also composed a large body of acoustic chamber music.
Over the last year, Griffin designed an extended Tarot deck and his music and performance works, including the large-scale EMPAC opera Cold Spring, were presented at the Cannes Film Festival, Moscow Biennial, Festival BoM in Seoul, LACMA, and at venues in Montreal, Paris, Berlin, New York, Guangju, and Singapore.
His current work attempts to instrumentalize multi-layered field recordings of the Port of Los Angeles and empty gay hookup sites. He recieved an MFA from CalArts and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.

Will Alexander <> - Poet, novelist, aphorist, playwright, essayist, and visual artist. Both a Whiting and California Art Council Fellow, his latest book, The Sri Lankan Loxodrome was published by New Directions. Amongst his newest works is Compression & Purity, a book of poems from City Lights.