E. C. Large’s “The semantic discipline”

Featuring E. C. Large’s “The semantic discipline” 

Tuesday, 09 August 2011
Seoul Country Korean Restaurant (215 Banff Avenue), Banff AB
8 PM

As a project within the framework of Dexter Sinister’s From the Toolbox of a Serving Library summer residency at the Banff Centre, this iteration of No Reading After the Internet will feature E. C. Large’s “The semantic discipline.” Large’s review of Stuart Chase’s The Tyranny of Words was originally published in the New England Weekly in 1938, and was republished in Dot Dot Dot in 2010.

The core proposition of Chase’s work is “the deflation of all words and all statements the meaning of which cannot be established by reference to operations and events in the world of tangible things” and in reading to replace those words and statements with the word “blab.” The effect is to situate language in particular experiences of people, and to deflate the impossible universal claims of absolute statements. In Chase’s worldview, abstraction is permitted so long as it references experience and observation, and is not instrumentalized to cerebration nor fervour. But Large disagrees with Chase’s claim to the uselessness of semantic blanks in that they contribute to an accurate reading of a person’s character, revealing their relationship to the world through language. Or, as Large would put it: “Experience is slowly teaching me that all utterances are really meaningless except in reference to the persons who make them.” For this salon, participants will be encouraged to semantically translate their own writing, and others to judge what remains (or not) of the translator’s person is the detritus.

Participation in No Reading After the Internet is free and open to everyone, regardless of their familiarity with a text or its author. Texts will be handed out at the salon. No pre-reading or research is required.

Visual Arts Open Studios at the Banff Centre

Friday, 05 August 2011
Studio 212, Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Building at the Banff Centre
Banff AB
3pm-6pm

As a project within the framework of Dexter Sinister’s From the Toolbox of a Serving Library summer residency at the Banff Centre, this iteration of No Reading After the Internet will take place during the Visual Arts Open Studios. Visitors are invited to read aloud with me (cheyanne), and the resources at hand are manifold: from my own personal library, to my collection of texts from the residency, or from my website, which has been regularly updated over the course of the past five weeks becoming a document of my thinking through the trajectories of the daily group seminars.

Visitors are also invited to browse through the impromptu project Library as Bibliography (or, What are You Reading?).

Library as Bibliography (or, What are You Reading?) is a specific consequence of the From a Toolbox of a Serving Library residency. It is an addendum or parallel construction that comprises another collection of publications that come near to the Serving Library without entering it, of materials used to support individual projects within the residency. In complimentary opposition to Dexter Sinister’s collection, this will constitute the pooled resources and influences of a relatively modest group of artists (say, 20 people) over a relatively short period of time (say, five weeks). Library as Bibliography (or, What are You Reading?) exists as a bibliographic list whose correlates are spatially dispersed throughout the studios, offices and bedrooms of the residents. Its body is roaming, its contents provisional.

I will also be playing a mix-tape of music I have been listening to while at Banff.