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Join us for an artist talk with poet and artist Kenneth Goldsmith at the Wattis Institute on the occasion of Codex, an exhibition that ruminates on the “flattening” of the book in the digital age.
Few living American poets have so thoroughly absorbed, and cleverly responded to, the avant-garde traditions in visual art and poetry -- including Dada, Futurism, Concretism, Fluxus, and Conceptual Art -- as Kenneth Goldsmith.
With influences ranging from John Cage and Andy Warhol to contemporary hip hop and internet artists, Goldsmith has pushed the limits of late-twentieth century poetics to both reinvigorate and pioneer aspects of visual poetry, sound poetry, the list poem, and digital poetics.
If it is true, as Brion Gysin once remarked, that innovations in writing lag 50 years behind those of visual art, Goldsmith has steadfastly worked to bring the form up to date with the accomplishments of conceptual and performance art.