Vienna Poetry School: a short class with poet Christian Bök

On the 26 and 27 of September, the Austrian school will host a workshop on Conceptual literature held in English by the Canadian poet. The pedagogical initiative will be performed on the occasion of the festival «The death of the author (reloaded). Text production after the copyright as we know it» in association with Literaturhaus Wien


Christian Bök’s workshop

on Conceptual literature introduces students to some of the techniques of composition, often used by the exponents of conceptual literature. The students can expect to experiment with the four limits-cases of literature: the «readymade writing» of the unoriginal text; the «mannerist writing» of the constrained text; the «illegible writing» of the unreadable text; and the «aleatoric writing» of the authorless text.

The short class will be developed throughout six teaching units between Friday, 26 (from 13.00- to 16.00) and Saturday, 27 (from 10.00 to 13.00). As conditions for participation it is required a good knowledge of English and a laptop (able to access the internet/ wlan at sfd).

The participation fee is 85 € and the number of participants is limited.

The application form is available on this link.

As a note of interest, poet Christian Bök will be performing and holding a lecture in the course of the festival «The death of the author (reloaded). Text production after the copyright as we know it», which will be celebrated in the same dates as the short class (September, 26 + 27).

Christian Bök

is a renowned Canadian experimental, sound and conceptual poet, born in 1966 in Toronto. Bök is the author not only of Crystallography (1994), a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, but also of Eunoia (2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Prize for poetic excellence. Christian Bök teaches English at the University of Calgary/Creative Writing faculty.

Video 1Christian Bök reads from Eunoia – in which each chapter restricts itself to the use of a single vowel (inspired by Oulipo…).

Video 2 A representative poetry piece of his research project «The xenotext experiment.»

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