Alison Knowles's computerized poem of 1967, House of Dust, and her subsequent built structures of the same name are the focus of this presentation. Her prescient yet under-recognized project has been an inspiration for contemporary artists' and architects' responsive artworks and spatial interpretations included in the exhibition along with documentation of Knowles's poem and built structures, discussions, publications, and performances.

Knowles’s House of Dust is among the earliest computerized poems, consisting of the phrase “a house of” followed by a randomized sequence of 1) a material, 2) a site or situation, a light source, and 3) a category of inhabitants taken from four distinct lists. In 1968, the computer-generated poem was translated into a physical structure when Knowles received a Guggenheim fellowship to build a house in Chelsea, New York. This architecture was later destroyed, restored and moved to Cal Arts Burbank, California, where Knowles was invited to teach in 1970-72. She enjoyed teaching her classes in the House and invited artists to interact with with its open structure by creating new works.

Reactivating the pedagogical model proposed by the House of Dust (and by Fluxus with which Knowles was associated), this project at the James is the outcome of collaboration between artists and scholars in disciplines including art, architecture, poetry, literature, music, computer science, and performance. Over the fall semester, reactivations of Knowles’ workshops will engage students in Social Practice Queens at Queens College as part of their curriculum. The exhibition publication will include texts by Ph.D. students in English, Art History, and Theatre at The Graduate Center connecting their research interests on this project to their dissertation topics.

Off-site, related exhibition: A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s, on view at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University September 8–December 10, 2016

Curators: Katherine Carl, Maud Jacquin and Sébastien Pluot.


LOCATION: The James Gallery
DATES: Sept. 7 - Dec. 2016
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The James Gallery The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY

'A House of Dust' by Alison Knowles at The James Gallery

When
Sep 7 - Dec., 2016
Where
The James Gallery
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

Alison Knowles's computerized poem of 1967, House of Dust, and her subsequent built structures of the same name are the focus of this presentation. Her prescient yet under-recognized project has been an inspiration for contemporary artists' and architects' responsive artworks and spatial interpretations included in the exhibition along with documentation of Knowles's poem and built structures, discussions, publications, and performances.

Knowles’s House of Dust is among the earliest computerized poems, consisting of the phrase “a house of” followed by a randomized sequence of 1) a material, 2) a site or situation, a light source, and 3) a category of inhabitants taken from four distinct lists. In 1968, the computer-generated poem was translated into a physical structure when Knowles received a Guggenheim fellowship to build a house in Chelsea, New York. This architecture was later destroyed, restored and moved to Cal Arts Burbank, California, where Knowles was invited to teach in 1970-72. She enjoyed teaching her classes in the House and invited artists to interact with with its open structure by creating new works.

Reactivating the pedagogical model proposed by the House of Dust (and by Fluxus with which Knowles was associated), this project at the James is the outcome of collaboration between artists and scholars in disciplines including art, architecture, poetry, literature, music, computer science, and performance. Over the fall semester, reactivations of Knowles’ workshops will engage students in Social Practice Queens at Queens College as part of their curriculum. The exhibition publication will include texts by Ph.D. students in English, Art History, and Theatre at The Graduate Center connecting their research interests on this project to their dissertation topics.

Off-site, related exhibition: A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s, on view at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University September 8–December 10, 2016

Curators: Katherine Carl, Maud Jacquin and Sébastien Pluot.


LOCATION: The James Gallery
DATES: Sept. 7 - Dec. 2016
Click here for more info. 
 
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