Contemporary Poetics & The arts volume 3
Edited by Louis Armand, Edmund Berrigan, Ali Alizadeh, Stephen Mooney, David Vichnar, Stephan Delbos, Jane Lewty, Peter Cockelbergh.
VLAK 3 will be launched during the Prague Micro-festival (14 May) and the Poetry & Revolution Conference (26 May) in London
VLAK is an international curatorial project with a broad focus on contemporary poetics, art, film, philosophy, music, design, science, politics, performance, ecology, and new media.
VLAK invites contributions that extend our understanding about what is possible; which pose questions about the prevailing attitude of norms; which explore the ramifications of contemporary culture and attempt new critical and creative methods.
« What is lost in abstraction? What is signified by a long work? By a serial work? What are its limitations? How might multiple voices reflect reality? Infect reality? And how sustain such a work? How does the world enter the work? How is the inside destroyed or transformed into ‘another’ space? How end a work? How reshape parts of the world, and is that what we aspire to anyway? Are we breathing easier, feeling better, glutted with our ‘contemporary practice’ digested? Or fiercely unsatisfied, curious, anxious, asking, ‘What are tomorrow’s questions?' » (Abigail Child, This is Called Moving)
VLAK stands for the drive to experiment, to synthesise, to extend–holding to the principle that a vital culture is always experimental and thus always « at a crossroads. »