The Centre for Expanded Poetics is based in the Department of English at Concordia University, Montréal
The newly renovated Centre for Expanded Poetics opened in January 2017. The Centre consists of two spaces: a reading room for study and seminar presentations and a workshop for production. Our equipment includes a 55" touch table for interacting with digital models and texts; 75" touch wall and 120" cinema screen for viewing films and digital poetry; 3D printer and laser cutter; v-bed scanner for archival reproduction of printed texts; a suite of digital photography and video equipment; a Risograph digital duplicator for small press printing.
We are interested in collaborating on projects that deploy the affordances of such equipment to study and produce texts, objects, and images linking poetics with other arts and fields of formal inquiry (e.g. architecture, design, textiles, the sciences). We also maintain a program of study in philosophy, critical theory, and the poetics of embodiment. Our goal is to sustain a critical model of interdisciplinarity, attuned to the ideological functions of such work in the contemporary university while pursuing theoretical and material possibilities made available by digital technologies and new production techniques.
We organize regular film screenings, equipment workshops, conferences, and symposia. Our library and reading room, open from 10am-6pm, Monday-Friday, consists of a substantial collection of 20th and 21st century experimental poetry, as well as texts on art and architecture.