Tan Lin

News from Tan Lin

Tan Lin, author of Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. The Joy of Cooking, wrote the other day, with much good news. Here’s an update on his imaginative projects.


The poet, novelist, and filmmaker, has two new works, Bibliograpic Sound Track and Ph.D Sounds, that explore the role of reading in various communication platforms. You can view the projects here. The works were commissioned by Artists Space. Lin also presented his work at the Walker Art Center. In both works, Lin assembled pieces from various sources such as SMS, IM chats, video game walk-throughs, Tweets, Tumblr entries, PowerPoint bullet points, photographic slides, the overhead transparency, the text box, the couplet, the book page, the fainting film titling sequence, etc., encompassing various platform specific reading or communications functions. The Powerpoint pieces bracket reading in a larger perceptual and social field that include smells and sounds. Lin reminds people that reading is a kind of all-over experience, but not be confined to a particular object (book) or social platform. To hear more about the two works, check out Lin’s talk at the Walker Art Center, where he discussed the commissioning of his works, and implementation on web based and installation-specific site.

Over the past 15 years, Lin has been interested in creating an “ambient” mode of literature that engages a set of practices including sampling, communal production, and social networks. He continues to embrace new modalities of reading such as Skype, email, Google Drive, etc. and explore their implications for the future literature.

Lin’s work is included in Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, an exhibit up at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver from June 22 through September 2, 2013. More information can be found here: http://www.thepowerplant.org/Exhibitions/2013/Summer/Postscript.aspx

You can check out Lin’s forthcoming book, An Anootated Index to the Photographic Work of Diana Kinsley here, and read an interview, with Angela Genusa, in Rhizome, here.

Lin’s work has been included in two exciting new anthologies as well: Kindergarde: Avant-garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs for Children and Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare.

Don’t miss Tan Lin at the Asian American Literary Festival

Sunday, November 7th, 2PM
Powerhouse Arena (Ground Floor), DUMBO
37 Main St.
Brooklyn, NY

“Internet Auteur”
So you may use the Internet just to procrastinate, flirt and google-stalk, but the web remains a frontier where the mores on authorship, ownership and privacy are still being written and can change at any moment. Three innovative writers discuss the way the Internet is rewriting what it means to be both an author and a person. We start with a reading by infant terrible Tao Lin, the harbinger of the Internet generation of Twenty-First Century American letters–he’s been likened to Mayakovsky scribbling via text message. Then, Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu–the theorist of “net neutrality,” the principle that advocates an Internet without restrictions–discusses The Master Switch, his play-by-play about how corporations have controlled American communications media. Arianna Huffington calls the book “A must-read for all Americans who want to remain the ones deciding what they can read, watch, and listen to.” He’ll be joined in conversation with avant-garde poet Tan Lin, whose eleven new collections are available for free download and appropriate online detritus: YouTube, Chinese-English translators, and copied-and-pasted blurbs describing other books.

Tan Lin and friends at Printed Matter

Tan Lin, author of Seven Controlled Vocabularies, will be celebrating at a Republication Party at Printed Matter.

July 29th, 5:00 PM
195 Tenth Ave.
New York, NY
Printed Matter presents Tan Lin, Danny Snelson, and friends at this Republication Party for the volumes republished at the Kelly House Event. This event will celebrate the publications created at the “On-the-Spot Republication Event” held at Kelly Writer’s House on April 21st, where a team of poet-editors (including Chris Alexander, Alejandro Crawford, Kareem Estefan, J. Gordon Faylor, Kristen Gallagher, Lawrence Giffin, Diana Hamilton, Eddie Hopely, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Patrick Lovelace, Jeremy Thompson, Sara Wintz, and Al Filreis) worked with Tan Lin in the republishing of Seven Controlled Vocabularies on the spot in a variety of formats. The works included Handmade book, PDF, lulu.com, Appendix, Powerpoint, Kanban Board/Post-Its, Blurbs, Dual Language (Chinese/English) Edition, micro lecture, Selectric II interview, wine/cheese reception, Q&A (xerox), and a film. These items will be on hand at Printed Matter on June 24th. Join the discussion on what constitutes a “book” in the digital age! Read more about this project at the EDIT Web site.
(212) 925-0325

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