Press Release: Award-Winning Poet, Artist Tan Lin Presents "Environmental Reading With Perfume Soundtrack, Tweet Mirror, and The Joy of Cooking," Nov. 20-Carnegie Mellon News - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Press Release: Award-Winning Poet, Artist Tan Lin Presents "Environmental Reading With Perfume Soundtrack, Tweet Mirror, and The Joy of Cooking," Nov. 20

Contacts: Lauren Goshinski / 412-268-1533 / laurengo@andrew.cmu.edu
                Pam Wigley / 412-889-6238 / pwigley@andrew.cmu.edu

Tan LinPITTSBURGH—Poet, lecturer and new media artist Tan Lin will present his PowerPoint videos, "Bibliographic Sound Track" and "The Ph.D. Sounds," with a live perfume soundtrack and DJ set by Mösco at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Kresge Theater at Carnegie Mellon University.

Co-presented by CMU's School of Art and the Vice Provost's Office of Design, Arts and Technology, this event is free and open to the public.

Lin's videos explore communications platforms such as Twitter, SMS, status updates, IM chats, programming languages, video game walk-throughs, the couplet, and the PowerPoint slide as they affect reading and genre.

He also will read from his books, "Insomnia and the Aunt" (Kenning editions 2011) and "Heath Course Pak" (Counterpath Press, 2011). Both are ambient works composed of Google reverse searches, letters, appendices, an index to an imaginary novel, reruns, a brief history of recent performance art, a legal defense of plagiarism, an MP3 protest song, and an examination of SMS and GMS technologies as distribution networks for human sadness.

Lin is the author of "Lotion Bullwhip Giraffe," "BlipSoak01," "Ambience is a Novel with a Logo," "Heath (Plagiarism/Outsource)," "7 Controlled Vocabularies," "Obituary 2004" and "The Joy of Cooking" (2010).

His work has appeared in numerous journals including Artforum, Cabinet, The New York Times Book Review and Art in America. His video, theatrical and LCD work has been shown around the world and as part of the Whitney Museum of American Art's Soundcheck Series.

Lin is the recipient of a Getty Distinguished Scholar Grant for 2004-2005 and a Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writing Grant to complete a book-length study of the writings of Andy Warhol.

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Award-winning poet and artist Tan Lin (pictured above) has been featured in numerous journals. His video, theatrical and LCD work has been shown around the world and as part of the Whitney Museum of American Art's Soundcheck Series.