PAGES: Selections from The Last Vispo Anthology, 1998-2008. Eds. Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics, 2012.
Thursday, October 4 through Friday, October 26, 2012.
Gallery 214, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Editors Crag Hill and Nico Vassilakis with contributor James Yeary perform a collage of excerpts of essays from the anthology.
The Last Vispo Anthology extends the dialectic between art and literature that began with the concrete poetry movement fifty years ago. Rather than settling into predictable unchallenged patterns, this vibrant poetry is seizing new tools to grow the body of work inhabiting the borderlands of visual art and poetry. In addition, as more social and cognitive interaction occurs in digital space/s, the need to develop new processes of thinking and communicating persists. The Last Vispo Anthologyprovides tools toward that development, creating ways to converse across and within images and texts. This anthology is global in scope with 130 contributors from over twenty countries, with proportionally more women than previous anthologies. The Last Vispo Anthology documents a decade, 1998 to 2008, in which a burst of activity surfaced through the advent of computerization across the world of visual poetry – similar to the mail art movement of the 1980s.