2019 Reynolda Conference Schedule

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

May 13-16, 2019

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

Attending Entanglements   About Entanglements

Schedule of Events

Unless otherwise noted, the following events are open to the public and the entire Wake Forest University community. All public events will be held at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art near Wake Forest University’s Reynolda Campus. If you are traveling to Winston-Salem from outside the region to attend the conference as a Visiting Attendee, please register for the conference by sending your contact information to english@nullwfu.edu. Please also see the link above on more information about attending Entanglements.

Distinguished, Featured Presenters

Entanglements is pleased to include 10 leading poets, scientists, artists, and scholars from around the world whose work engages with transdisciplinary investigations into shared principles and methods in literature, science, and art. Click on each Featured Presenter’s name for a full profile with a biography and links to creative and scholarly work.

Special Guests

Entanglements is pleased to include poets Lee Ann Brown, ELÆ [Lynne DeSilva-Johnson]Adam DickinsonStephanie Strickland, and Edwin Torres as Special Guests.

Wake Forest University Panelists

Entanglements is pleased to include Wake Forest University panelists Lynn Book, Teaching Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance and Faculty Associate of Transart Institute; Paul Bright, Director of Art Galleries and Programming; Dr. John Curly, Associate Professor of Art History; Dr. Wayne Silver, Professor of Biology and Director of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program; and Dr. Elizabeth A. Way, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


Schedule of Events

Monday, May 13

7:30 p.m.
Reception in honor of presenters

Invitation only; not open to the public

Tuesday, May 14

9:30-10:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions

Opening Remarks: Provost Rogan Kersh, Dean Michele Gillespie, Humanities Institute Director Dean Franco, Faculty Convener Amy Catanzano.

Open to the public and visiting attendees

10:15-10:25 a.m.
Break
10:25 a.m.-Noon
Opening Panel

Entanglements in Poetry, Science, and Art: Multimodal Poeisis, Transboundary Science, Established and Emerging Traditions

What innovative projects—poems, fictions, art, artifacts, texts, songs, performances, dialogues, frameworks, experiments, models, and intergenre inventions—have happened and are happening now at the intersections of literature, science, and art? What is possible at these intersections for the future? The panelists will draw from their own creative practices and from the work of others.

Panelists: Amy Catanzano (Chair), Will Alexander, Rae Armantrout, Andrew Joron, Anne Waldman.

Open to the public and visiting attendees

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Lunch/Break
1:30-2:30 p.m.
The Writer-Scientist: Entanglements in Praxis

Three accomplished writers who are also accomplished scientists or have a substantial background in science will discuss moving between and at the intersections of their specialties, which include among them ecology, ecopoetics, African-American poetics, lyric and postmodern poetry and poetics, short stories, theater plays, human-ecological modeling, complex systems, conservation ecology, sustainability science, material science, polymer composites, and atomic force microscopy.

Panelists: Madhur Anand (Chair), Gustavo A. Schwartz, Ed Roberson.

Open to the public and visiting attendees

2:30-2:45 p.m.
Break
2:45-3:30 p.m.
Informal Physics Chat with Mark C. Kruse: On Quantum Entanglement and More

Quantum physicist Mark C. Kruse will discuss and take questions about quantum entanglement and other scientific phenomena explored at the conference.

Open to the public and visiting attendees

3:30-3:45 p.m.
Break
3:45-4:45 p.m.
Keynote Scholarly Lecture with Ming-Qian Ma

Open to the public and visiting attendees

7:30-8:45 p.m.
Special Evening Event I: Poetry Readings and Performances with Featured Presenters

Featuring: Amy Catanzano, Andrew Joron, Will Alexander, and Anne Waldman.

Open to the public and visiting attendees

8:45-9:30 p.m.
Reception and Book Signing

Open to the public and visiting attendees

Wednesday, May 15

9:30-10:45 a.m.
Wake Forest University Roundtable: Entanglements in Poetry, Science, and Art

Lynn Book: “(un)Becoming Chimera.”

Paul Bright: “Recombinant Approaches Within a Visual Field, or the Mutant Poetry of de/collage.”

Dr. John Curly: “Beyond Ideology?: Art and Cybernetics in the early Cold War.”

Dr. Wayne Silver: “The Art and Science of Santiago Ramon y Cajal: A Pioneer of Modern Neuroscience.”

Dr. Elizabeth A. Way: “Gender, Genre, and 19th-Century Science: Erasmus Darwin, Mary Shelley, Charles Darwin, and Constance Naden in Conversation.”

Open to the public and visiting attendees

10:45-11 a.m.
Break
11 a.m.-Noon
Poetry and Complexity Theory in the Anthropocene

What are the ways in which the human arts, especially poetry, correspond with emergent complexity in nature? Is a poem a kind of ecosystem? How does self-organization in nature apply to poetics, craft, and how poems are composed? What does it mean to ask these questions at a time when ecosystems are threatened by human society?

Panelists: Rae Armantrout (Chair), Madhur Anand, Ed Roberson.

Open to the public and visiting attendees

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Lunch/Break
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Eduardo Kac’s Transgenic Art and Bio Poetry: A Conversation with Eduardo Kac and Amy Catanzano

Kac and Catanzano will discuss Kac’s groundbreaking, transgenic artwork “Genesis” (2001), which explores the relationship between biology, belief systems, information technology, dialogical interaction, ethics, and the Internet. The key element of the work is an ‘artist’s gene,’ a synthetic gene created by Kac, who translated a sentence from the biblical book of Genesis into Morse Code and converted the Morse Code into DNA base pairs according to a conversion principle specially developed by the artist for this work. A short film on “Genesis” will be screened.

Panelists: Eduardo Kac, Amy Catanzano.

Open to the public and visiting attendees

2:30-2:40 p.m.
Break
2:40-3:40 p.m.
Daytime Poetry Reading

Please join us for poetry readings by special guests Lee Ann Brown, ELÆ [Lynne DeSilva-Johnson], Adam Dickinson, Stephanie Strickland, and Edwin Torres. Joining them will be Maddie Baxter, EJ Shu, and others.

Open to the public and visiting attendees

3:40-3:50 p.m.
Break
3:50-4:50 p.m.
Solo Talk with Anne Waldman (3:50-4:30)
Performance with Anne Waldman on vocals and words, Will Alexander on piano, and Andrew Joron on theremin

Open to the public and visiting attendees

7:30-8:45 p.m.
Special Evening Event II: Poetry Readings and Performances with Featured Presenters

Featuring: Gustavo A. Schwartz, Madhur Anand, Ed Roberson, and Rae Armantrout.

Open to the public and visiting attendees

8:45-9:30 p.m.
Reception and Book Signing

Open to the public and visiting attendees

Thursday, May 16

10-11:30 a.m.
Closing Roundtable: Reflections, Futurities, Documentation, Archive

The participants of this roundtable will reflect on the conference, discuss documentation and archive, and explore next steps.

Invitation only; not open to the public