Entanglements: Futurities and Archive

Entanglements:
A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and the Arts

May 13-16, 2019


An initiative of the Entanglements Network

Baird, Matthew. “Joint States” (detail) 2018. Collage made with books. (Courtesy of the artist.)

Archive and Documentation

See a Reflection on Entanglements by conference convener Amy Catanzano (2019).

The 2019 Reynolda Conference at Wake Forest University, Entanglements: A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and the Arts, brought together 10 leading poets, scientists, artists, and scholars from around the world whose work and/or teaching engages with transdisciplinary investigations into shared principles and methods in literature, science, and the arts. These featured presenters were joined by Wake Forest University faculty and staff presenters, special guests, visiting attendees, and the public for three days of innovative programming. Entanglements was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with an award granted to the conference convener, Amy Catanzano, by the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute and the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Additional sponsors were the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute with a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Creative Writing Minor in the Department of English, and the Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe) at Wake Forest University.

Featured Presenters:
Will Alexander, Madhur Anand, Rae Armantrout, Amy Catanzano, Andrew Joron, Eduardo Kac, Mark C. Kruse, Ming-Qian Ma, Ed Roberson, Gustavo A. Schwartz, Anne Waldman

Special Guests:
Lee Ann Brown, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Adam Dickinson, Satya Gontcho A Gontcho, Stephanie Strickland, Edwin Torres

Wake Forest University Panelists:
Lynn Book, Paul Bright, John Curley, Wayne Silver, Elizabeth A. Way

Visiting Attendees:
Julia Burke, Randy Fertel, Nina Foster, Michael Gold, Terry Harpold, Alystyre JulianHeather Kresge, Kelly Krumrie, Bernhard Kuhn, Tori Larsen, Nathaniel Mackey, Cheryl Pallant, Nancy Piner, Mark Pizzato, Jessica ReedEJ Shu (Conference Collaborator), Judy Upjohn, Quincy Whitney, and others.


Video Documentation

Entanglement & The Vortex (2019)

Entanglement & The Vortex (2019) presents a live, improvised collaboration between Anne Waldman on words/vocals, Will Alexander on piano, and Andrew Joron on theremin at Entanglements: A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and the Arts at Wake Forest University.

Entanglements: A Photo-Film (2019)

Entanglements: A Photo-Film (2019) presents images taken at Entanglements: A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and the Arts with a soundtrack by Will Alexander on piano in a live, improvised solo after performing in a collaborative improvisation with Anne Waldman on words/vocals and Andrew Joron on theremin. Entanglements: A Photo-Film includes distinguished featured presenters, visiting special guests, and Wake Forest University faculty and staff panelists.

Entanglements: Special Event Evening 1 of 2 (2019)

Entanglements: Special Event Evening 1 of 2 (2019) presents poetry readings and performances by Anne Waldman, Andrew Joron, Will Alexander, Uranya Bastt (a.k.a. Satya), and Amy Catanzano as part of Entanglements: A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and the Arts.

Entanglements: Special Event Evening 2 of 2 (2019)

Entanglements: Special Event Evening 2 of 2 (2019) presents poetry readings and performances by Rae Armantrout, Ed Roberson, Madhur Anand, and Gustavo A. Schwartz as part of Entanglements: A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and the Arts.


Entanglements: A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and the Arts was organized as a National Endowment for the Humanities-style symposium combined with a literary and performing arts festival. During the daytime symposium, the 10 featured presenters, special guests, and Wake Forest University panelists presented in sessions exploring the conference’s themes. Two special evening literary readings and performances highlighted the featured presenters. All the events except those noted on the schedule were open to the entire university community and the public.

Throughout literary and artistic history there is a tradition of poets and artists rigorously engaging with science in their work. Similarly, there is a tradition of scientists rigorously engaging with art and literature. The featured presenters of Entanglements are interested in forging new ways to approach the fields in which they work by ambitiously moving outside of and between established categories, boundaries, and borders. By challenging assumptions about the ordinary limits of literature, art, and science and what they share or where they depart, the featured presenters of the conference think broadly and imaginatively about their subjects of study and creative and scholarly practices.

The themes examined included the historical, contemporary, and future intersections of literature, science, and art; collaborations between institutions and individuals across these disciplines; innovative pedagogy at these intersections; and publication, funding, and dissemination of ideas and projects. The primary questions engaged were: What innovative projects—art, artifacts, texts, songs, poems, performances, dialogues, theoretical frameworks, experiments, models, and intergenre inventions—are being done at the intersections of poetry, science, and art? What is possible at these intersections for the future? What pioneering projects have come before, and how have they been received? What theoretical, ethical, and practical problems arise when working at the intersections of literature, art, and science, and how can these problems be addressed? For those participants in teaching positions, what methods are being developed to teach at these transdisciplinary intersections?


Futurities

The Entanglements Network: Poetry, Science & The Arts

The Entanglements Network

The Entanglements Network: Poetry, Science & The Arts is an international collaboration of poets, scientists, artists, scholars, and others who innovatively explore the intersections of poetry, science, and the arts. Visit and subscribe to The Entanglements Network channel on YouTube to stay up to date on video documentation related to the network.

Curating groundbreaking performances and lectures, publications, educational resources, conferences and symposia, panels and workshops, installations and collaborations, and other dynamic initiatives that explore the relationship of poetry, science, and the arts, The Entanglements Network was established on May 16, 2019, at Entanglements: A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and the Arts at Wake Forest University. Founders include Will Alexander, Madhur Anand, Rae Armantrout, Lee Ann Brown, Amy Catanzano, Elae (Lynne DeSilva-Johnson), Adam Dickinson, Randy Fertel, Andrew Joron, Kelly Krumrie, Mark C. Kruse, Ming-Qian Ma, Ed Roberson, Gustavo A. Schwartz, EJ Shu, Stephanie Strickland, and Anne Waldman.