Moles Not Molar and MPS Present: Maja Jantar and Chenda Cope
Wednesday, January 19, 7:30pm - Poetry Moles Not Molar & Moonstone Poetry Present An exciting evening of multi-media poetic performances Featuring Maja Jantar (Polysonic Voice Artist; Belgium) & Chenda Cope (Artist & Musician; Philadelphia) The North of Invention conference takes place at the Kelly Writers House on Jan 20 & 21. Maja Jantar (www.myspace.com/majajantar) is a multilingual and polysonic voice artist living in Ghent, Belgium, whose work spans the fields of performance, music theatre, poetry and visual arts. A co-founder of the group Krikri (www.krikri.be), she has been giving individual and collaborative performances throughout Europe and experimenting with poetic sound works since 1995. From 2001 to present, Jantar has directed ten operas, including Monteverdi's classic Incoronatione di Poppea and Sciarrino's contemporary Infinito Nero. Recently, she performed with Vincent Tholomé and Sebastien Dicenaire at the Centre Pompidou in Paris for the Bruits de Bouche Festival. Her visual poetry has appeared in various publications, among others Zieteratuur (The Netherlands), and her visual work has been shown in several exhibits. Recently, an ink-and-paper selection from her "Lilith" series could be seen at Kunsttempel Kassel (Germany). In the near future, she will continue her extensive collaborations with Canadian poet and interdisciplinarian a.rawlings and will soon be publishing a CD and art book of her visual and audio work with Hybriden Verlag in Berlin. Chenda Cope is an artist and musician living in Philadelphia. She spends her time making things, making music and asking the big questions. The goal of Moles Not Molar is to put writers and artists pursuing exciting, innovative and experimental projects into contact and dialogue with each other and their diverse audiences, creating exposure and engagement across regional and generic lines. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. On the following day, the North of Invention conference at Kelly Writers House commences. North of Invention presents 10 Canadian poets working at the cutting edge of contemporary poetic practice, bringing them first to the Kelly Writers House, then to Poets House in New York City for two days of readings, presentations and discussion in each location. Celebrating the breadth and complexity of poetic experimentation in Canada, North of Invention features emerging and established poets working across multiple traditions, and represents nearly fifty years of experimental writing. North of Invention aims to initiate a new dialogue in North American poetics, addressing the hotly debated areas of "innovation" and "conceptual writing," the history of sound poetry and contemporary performance, multilingualism and translation, and connections to activism. For a full schedule of those events see writing.upenn.edu/wh/archival/events/northofinvention/.