*Always already political
Online Conversation and Readings
Writers and poets Quinn Latimer and Sophie Collins join curators Hana Noorali and Lynton Talbot to discuss the politics of language in poetry and the visual arts. They take Lisa Robertson’s provocation that our speech is “always already political”, taken from her untitled essay of 2012, in NILLING: Prose essays on noise, pornography, the codex, melancholy, Lucretius, folds, cities and related aporias as a starting point to consider poetry as a means of resistance to social and political domination in our current moment. The conversation and readings will consider ideas of the vernacular and translation in relation to poetry, distribution, publishing and exhibition practices.
Both Quinn Latimer and Sophie Collins’ works appear in Hana Noorali and Lynton Talbot’s book Intertitles: An Anthology at the Intersection of Writing and Visual Art (Prototype Press, 2021). They have worked with Hana and Lynton across various platforms including Parrhesiades and TRANSMISSIONS that in different ways aim to problematise conventional forms of distribution and publishing. They will present some of this work, and Hana and Lynton will unfold some of the central assertions of their practice which is at the intersection of language, poetry, visual arts and more distributive models of delivery.
About the speakers
Sophie Collins grew up in Bergen, North Holland. She is the author of Who Is Mary Sue? (Faber, 2018) and small white monkeys (Book Works, 2017), and the editor of Currently & Emotion (Test Centre, 2016), an anthology of contemporary poetry translations. She is a lecturer at the University of Glasgow. More about Sophie Collins
Quinn Latimer is a California-born poet, critic and editor whose work often explores feminist economies of writing, reading and image production. She is a lecturer at Institut Kunst, in Basel, where, with Chus Martínez, she also organises a biannual series of symposia on questions of gender, language, and artistic practice. More about Quinn Latimer
Hana Noorali & Lynton Talbot work collaboratively with artists to produce text, exhibitions and live events. Together they have started non-profit galleries in both London and Berlin and have curated exhibitions in public institutions, project spaces and galleries across London and internationally. More about Hana Noorali and Lynton Talbot
Image: An intertitle taken from the book Intertitles: An Anthology at the Intersection of Visual Art & Writing edited by Jess Chandler, Aimee Selby, Hana Noorali & Lynton Talbot. Image courtesy prototype and Traven T. Crovens