Friday, July 27 7:00 pm ART-B-Q Friday / Tickets $15
Reading followed by dinner. Held in the studio rain or shine.
Experimental poet and conceptual artist Christian Bök showcases excerpts from his current project: The Xenotext. For the past ten years, Bök has striven to engineer an unkillable bacterium so that it becomes not only a durable archive for storing a poem encoded in its genome, but also an operant machine for writing a poem in response—a living poem that can literally survive forever.
Christian Bök is the author of the pataphysical encyclopedia Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994) and the bestselling experimental work Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001), which won the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence in 2002. He has created artificial languages for two television shows: Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon. Bök teaches English at the University of Calgary.