Belated Proposal for a Transdisciplinary Poetics

A seminar with Donato Mancini

Centre for Expanded Poetics
Concordia University, LB 681
Friday Oct. 31, 2:00-5:00pm

The interdisciplinary practice of Donato Mancini focuses mainly on poetry, bookworks, text-based visual art and linguistically oriented cultural criticism. He has published numerous books of visual and procedural poetry, including: Buffet World (2011) Fact 'N' Value (2011), Æthel (2007) and Ligatures (2005). Notable exhibitions of Mancini’s visual artworks have included shows at Artspeak, the Western Front, Gallery Atsui, and CSA. He has also been a curator-in-residence at VIVO Media Arts, and performed in the 2013 LIVE! Biennale of performance art.

A book of Mancini’s critical writing, You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence, was published in 2012 to wide, controversial reception. His new book of poetics, Loitersack (2014), carries forward his ongoing interrogation of the social organisation, languages, and ideologies of poetry culture begun in You Must Work Harder, now in the forms of poetry, poetics, theory and theory theatre.

He is currently a PhD candidate in English at the University of British Columbia, under Janet Giltrow.