2019 Reynolda Conference Schedule

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.)

Futurities and Archive    About Entanglements

Schedule of Events

All public conference events were held at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art near Wake Forest University’s Reynolda Campus.

Distinguished, Featured Presenters

Entanglements was pleased to include 10 featured 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 was pleased to include the following visitors as special guests:


Wake Forest University Panelists

Entanglements was pleased to include the following Wake Forest University faculty and staff as panelists:


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 of the College Michele Gillespie, Humanities Institute Director Dean Franco, Reynolda House Museum of American Art Executive Director Allison Perkins, 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), Ed Roberson, Gustavo A. Schwartz.

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 by Ming-Qian Ma

“Poetic Intimations of Everettian Multiverse: Toward a Quantum Phenomenology on/off the Page.”

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: A collaboration between Amy Catanzano & Satya Gontcho A Gontcho, 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.”

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

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

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 biopoetry, transgenic artwork, and space poetics. Projects discussed include “Inner Telescope” (2017) with video documentation; his collection, Biopoetry (2002/2016); and his 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 “Genesis” 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.

Panelists: Amy Catanzano, Eduardo Kac.

Open to the public and visiting attendees

2:30-2:40 p.m.
Break
2:40-3:35 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 Kelly Krumrie, Maddie Baxter, EJ Shu, and others.

Open to the public and visiting attendees

3:35-3:50 p.m.
Break
3:50-4:50 p.m.
Collaboration: “Entanglement and the Vortex” with Anne Waldman, Will Alexander, and Andrew Joron.

This session begins with Anne Waldman providing commentary on her poem, “Crepuscular,” from Trickster Feminism after a short film* screening of the poem in a collaborative performance. Next is a collaboration and live improvisation with Anne Waldman on vocals, Will Alexander on piano, and Andrew Joron on theremin.

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

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

 

*Crepuscular (2019), a film by No Land in collaboration with Anne Waldman: directed, edited, and filmed by No Land; “Crepuscular” text and narration by Anne Waldman; sound by Ambrose Bye and Joanna Mattrey; and assistant editing by Taylor Jerry and Gabriel Gall.