&Now 2015

California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, CA

March 25-28, 2015


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&Now is a biennial literary festival known for presenting cutting edge writing practices, thinking about writing, and interdisciplinary explorations such as performances and electronic and multimedia projects. In addition to presenting new work, panels and readings foster conversation about past, present, and future literary concerns and movements. The &Now Festival has been hosted by a succession of universities, including the University of Notre Dame (2004), Lake Forest College (2006), Chapman University (2007), the University at Buffalo (2009), UC San Diego (2011), Université de la Sorbonne, Paris (2012), and most recently, the University of Colorado at Boulder (2013).


And now, CalArts joins the fray. Hosted by the MFA Creative Writing Program in the School of Critical Studies., the three-day conference, titled BLAST RADIUS: WRITING AND THE OTHER ARTS, celebrates writing that explodes the boundaries of visual art, music, filmmaking, and performance to create entirely new artistic forms. Blast Radius is open to the public. Come one, come all! See registration details below for more information.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be M. NourbeSe Philip, who will be presenting on the evening of Saturday, March 28, 2015.

BLAST RADIUS asks: what happens when writing crosses the boundaries, when new artistic forms, when text, when visual art, when music, when filmmaking, when performance, when critical theory, when tongues, when the graphic novel, when a poem, when a play, when experiments, when concrete poetry, when literary collage, when performance scores, when sound and visual poetry, when poet’s theater, when hyper-opera, when conceptual writing, when theory-fiction, when electronic and multimedia scripts, when live film narration, when ghostcatching, when cutting and scratching, when installation, when supertitling, when a notepad, when spirit-writing, when a soundbite, when a webpage, when black holes, when a blog, when ritual, when protest, when a bio, when re-verb, when a tag, when trance, when a confession, when a plea, when today, when the blast, when its radius, when a mapping, when a happening, when event horizon, when a joyous con-fusion, when texts and objects, when acts and processes, when sites, when situations, when events, when &Now . . . then CalArts.

We are thrilled that the call to visual artists, musicians, and performers as well as from writers, and to groups and individuals from populations normally underrepresented at innovative, avant-garde, and experimental literary arts gatherings, garnered such an enthusiastic response.  Thanks to the incredible proposals we received, &Now 2015 Blast Radius: Writing and the Other Arts features a robust array of over 80 panels, performances, happenings, screenings, bilingual events and lots of uncategorizable, thoughtful fun.

Sponsored by the CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program in the School of Critical Studies
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