Forms & Features with Alex Simões: Visual Poetry
Please note, this event takes place at the Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60654
All are welcome to a discussion and creative writing workshop led by the poet Alex Simões.
#experimentoscomletrasurbanas #experimentswithurbanletters is an experimental work of visualpoetry, with procedures of composition, bricollage and photographic assembly, from the collection of visual records of signs in various locations through which the artist-researcher passes. Using the camera of the cell phone, first signs (words and phrases in ads, plaques, etc.) are registered in a given territory in external and internal areas, and then photographic montages inspired by brief poeticforms such as Japanese haikai, the Yoruba orikis and the joke poems of the Brazilian poet Oswald de Andrade, generating other meanings, which refer to the surrealist and Dadaist poems at the same time as another form of ethnography of the visuals and the literatures is wanted.
Space is limited. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Close to There < > Perto de Lá is an international artist exchange project between Comfort Station (Chicago, USA) and Projeto Ativa (Salvador, Brazil), in collaboration with Harmonipan (Mexico City, Salvador), made possible by the MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund. By bringing members of these two artistic communities in proximity with one another, this project aims to gestate long-term artistic collaborations between the participants, share arts-organizing models from their respective socio-political-artistic contexts, and encourage creative discourse around ideas such as the African Diaspora and contemporary Latinx/Latin American identities.
The exchange will begin with a multi-disciplinary group of Salvador-based artists visiting Chicago August 9th - 29th 2019, carrying out a variety of programs, performances, and research through Comfort Station and its partner spaces across the city. In February of 2020, a group of Chicago-based artists will in turn visit Salvador to engage with the city’s creative landscape via Projeto Ativa’s network of artists and cultural institutions.
Our institutional partner venues in Chicago include:
The Poetry Foundation
Rebuild Foundation (Stony Island Arts Bank, Dorchester Art + Housing Project)
Co Prosperity Sphere
Arts Incubator (University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative)
This project is made possible by the generosity of the MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund.
Organized and curated by Jordan Martins, Lanussi Pasquali, and Juci Reis.
Graphic Design by Paco Barba