Tuesday 29th November 2016, 8:00pm
Session 166: “Empire Poetry” by Dena Yago
During this Theory Tuesdays session, Philip Matesic (in the excused absence of Tonjaschja Adler) presented the essay “Empire Poetry” by Dena Yago from the September 2016 Texte Zur Kunst, Issue 103, “Poetry”.
What, today is the poet’s labor? What conditions render it a relevant form? Contrasting sites of immaterial and reproductive work, Dena Yago finds the poet to cut across cultural borders, appearing as a common byproduct of global economic relations. What emerges in the individual poet’s engagement, Yago observes, is not only the suffering inflicted by the conditions of labor, but also the way her or his words are means of production.
Dena Yago, poet and artist, was born in New York City, 1988. She holds a BA from Columbia University. Most known for her work as a founding member of the trend forecasting group K-Hole.