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Poetry, Culture, Economy: Astrid Lorange, Elena Gomez, Amy Ireland and Eddie Hopely

  • Artspace, Level 2, Studio 2.01 43 - 51 Cowper Wharf Roadway Woolloomooloo NSW 2011 Australia (map)

This session will consider 'poetry' in a broad sense: as a practice, in relation to contemporary art and alongside contemporary publishing possibilities. The speakers variously intersect in poetry and critical communities; these intersections will be examined in the context of new and emerging creative economies. 

Dr Astrid Lorange is a writer, researcher, and lecturer. She studied writing and cultural studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, where she completed her doctoral thesis on Gertrude Stein and Alfred North Whitehead. How Reading is Written: A Brief Index to Gertrude Stein was published by Wesleyan University Press in December 2014. Her current projects include a book on the history and future of radical pedagogy in the post-studio art school context (co-authored with Dr Tim Gregory) and a project to do with writing as (and alongside) contemporary art practice. Her writing practice includes text-based works in gallery shows and evental/durational performances and lectures. She co-edits the Sydney-based chapbook press SUS and currently lectures at UNSW Art & Design.

Elena Gomez co-hosts the occasional apartment poetry series, CELL, and co-edits SUS press. She is the author of two chapbooks, CHILL FLAKES (SUS press) and PER, a collaborative work with Eddie Hopely (Make Now Books). Her work can also be found online, at The Claudius App and Cordite. 

Amy Ireland is an experimental poet attuned to the darker labyrinths of theoretical and poetic production. She is writing a PhD on xenopoetics at the University of New South Wales, where she also teaches and lectures on Creative Writing; is co-convenor of the philosophy and aesthetics research group ‘Aesthetics After Finitude’; and is currently engaged in various poetry projects involving linguistic transcoding, 3D-printing, encryption, stealth technology, and projectiles. Ireland has also been known to collaborate with the infernal sound duo LORD AUCH! and she is a member of the technomaterialist transfeminist writing collective ‘Laboria Cuboniks’.

Eddie Hopely is a poet, teacher, and small press publisher from the United States currently living in Sydney. He organised Blanket, a Philadelphia poetics/talk series, and is the author of chapbooks such as Cannot contract, Rude door and New international collaboration in pen and ink. He co-edits SUS press.