Science of Obscurity

July 10, 2010

The Chicago Underground Library

celebrates the Science of Obscurity!

SATURDAY, JULY 10th from 7–10pm

at the Jupiter Outpost, 1139 W. Fulton Market

this event is free & for all ages
food & drink will be available for sale

An annual lead up event to the Printers’ Ball featuring new, unpublished, and in-progress works presented as science fair experiments.  Join an awesome line up of writers, designers, and publishers as the intricately explain the scientific principles underlying their work, real or imagined.

Reading experiments with Jennifer Karmin!
Storigami with Zach Dodson!
Distress charts with A D Jameson!
Teenage taxonomies with Mairead Case!
Curmudgeonly cuttlefish with Libby Walker!
Hand-cranked projector mad libs with Two With Water!
All participants will also have work for sale.

Special projects from the Society of Furthering Truth (SOFT), The Book Bike, readings from Featherproof Books’ iPhone application TripleQuick, surprise musical guests, video interviews with the CUL crew about your favorite forgotten and under-recognized Chicago publishers and writers.

The night will also feature a public “book launch” via catapult, scientist speed dating, and digital readings to warm your hardened techie heart. Left and right brains come together, print <3s digital, everyone wins when the laws of physics and literature collide.

If you’re a writer, publisher, bookmaker, or booklover of any stripe who has recently finished writing a book, has published a book in the past year, or just feels like taking out some aggression on a publication of your choice, we invite you to celebrate by participating in our public reading and launching your work into space–or at least halfway down the block. We define “book” broadly, so zines, magazines, chapbooks, textbooks, and more are welcome. Read a paragraph, then release! And if you want to donate your book to the collection of the Chicago Underground Library after it’s caught some air, we’re here for you.

About the Chicago Underground Library
The Chicago Underground Library provides an open forum for creative exchange between all producers and patrons of Chicago’s independent media, facilitating collaboration and awareness between diverse communities. Through innovative and inclusive approaches to acquisitions, cataloging and programming, we illuminate connections and provide both a historical and contemporary context for the creation of new local media.

About the Printers’ Ball
Founded by Poetry magazine with other independent Chicago literary organizations, the Printers’ Ball is an annual celebration of print culture, featuring thousands of magazines, books, and broadsides available free of charge; live readings and music; letterpress, offset, and paper-making demonstrations; and much more. The Printers’ Ball is co-produced with Columbia College Chicago and the Center for Book & Paper Arts, and takes place July 30th, 2010 in Chicago’s landmark Ludington Building, former home to the American Book Company, at 1104 South Wabash.

A January festival of writing, performance, and video curated by Amina Cain & Jennifer Karmin.
date:  January 09, 2009    08:00PM
venue: Links Hall
location: 3435 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL, The United States

Beginning on January 9/ending February 1, When Does It or You Begin? (Memory as Innovation) explores the ways new forms of expression are created from the recollections of individuals, groups, positions, and places. Moving from subject to action, in between imagination and lived experience, the festival draws together writers and artists who take memory as a site of curiosity and absorption. Who are we when we remember? 

Weekend 1: (January 9-11) Individual Memory – A Celebration for Hannah Weiner featuring Lee Ann Brown, Judith Goldman, Roberto Harrison, Nicole LeGette, Jenny Roberts, Timothy Yu, and video by Abigail Child. 

Weekend 2: (January 16-18) Collective Memory – Collaboration is Group Work featuring Dolores Dorantes, Patrick Durgin, Jen Hofer, Jennifer Karmin, John Keene, Laurie Jo Reynolds, Christopher Stackhouse, Tradeshow, and video by Temporary Services. 

Weekend 3: (January 23-25) Memory’s Encounter – The Language of Position featuring Teresa Carmody, Karen Christopher, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Vanessa Place, Nathalie Stephens (Nathanaël), Christine Stewart, and videos by Gaelen Hanson and Cecilia Viñuna. 

Weekend 4: (January 30- February 1) Memory’s Place – Alternative Sites and Histories featuring Tisa Bryant, Amina Cain, Duriel Harris, Miranda Mellis, ThickRoutes Performance Collage, and videos by Bryan Saner and Chi Jang Yin. 

(posted by Lily)