Literature Program
 


Saturday, April 28, 2007

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
Buffalo State College, University at Buffalo's Humanities Institute, Just Buffalo Literary Center, Aroma Group and Hallwalls

Jackie Orr

TALKING LEAVES 32ND ANNIVERSARY - daddy does cybernetics: DIARY OF A MENTAL PATIENT

Presented at:
Hallwalls

daddy does cybernetics performs an historical, somewhat hysterical, story of U.S. Cold War culture caught between the threat of contagious panic and the government-sponsored imperative to "Keep Calm!" Part social history, part political theater, part schizophrenic poetry, this piece of "performance theory" attempts to evoke the reasoned madness of an era from which we perhaps have yet to fully emerge. This is a history of the present, spoken in multiple tongues. Sociologists and psychotics, daughters and daddies, scientists and their oh-so-experimental subjects compose the collage of voices in this social history of militarized culture and strategically constructed terrors.

Jackie Orr teaches and writes in the fields of feminist and contemporary theory, cultural politics, and the critical study of technology, science, and psychiatry. An associate professor of sociology at Syracuse University, Orr uses "performance sociology" to explore the politics of memory, dis-ease, language, and power. Her new book is Panic Diaries (Duke, 2006).


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April, 2007 - 2007

 
 
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Laylah Ali's work explores power dynamics and interpersonal conflict through compositions that position culturally, racially and sexually ambiguous figures in precarious, loaded, and unexpectedly humorous situations. Ali uses concise—even minimal—imagery that is specific in rendering and intent. While there are narratives in Ali's work, they are stories whose open spaces often give them the atmosphere of fables.