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ESL: Transcultural Poetics

8 February - 12 April | Wednesdays, 7-9pm

Course Description

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ESL is a seminar course on contemporary transcultural poetics. The class will examine the interplay of image and text, poetry, and multilingual narratives. The course includes panels and in-class exercises with guest artists and writers, readings, screenings, critiques and discussions. Participants will share their own work in class and engage in an on-going dialogue about making art through an intercultural lens — the strategies, peculiarities, limitations and possibilities. This will culminate in a public presentation of poetry/visual art/performance at the end of the term.

Main Class Reading/Book:

Cross-Worlds, Edited by Anne Waldman and Laura Wright

Supplementary Reading:

Dictée by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha


Jesse Chun

Jesse Chun is an interdisciplinary artist from Seoul, New York, Hong Kong and Toronto. Her work engages with the elements of language, context, and found sources to investigate the modes of belonging and locating. Chun has exhibited internationally in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, South Korea, Turkey, and Germany. Select reviews include Artforum, the Wall Street Journal, the Korea Times, Asia Literary Review, Vice, Hyperallergic, and Art21. She currently works and lives in Brooklyn, NY.