Antena Builds Spaces for Multilingual Conversation, Exuberant Celebration of Books and Enthusiastic Writing Experiments
Antena’s most recent installation took place at Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas. Antena @ PRH was a durational performance and a functional space where a range of multilingual literary adventures were activated:
* a bookspace and reading room with hundreds of small-press and DIY publications from autonomous presses in The Americas
* a large collection of books from independent presses featuring innovative work by African-American, Latino and Latin American writers
* a read/write club that met weekly for 10 weeks
* poem-making on manual typewriters and on specially-programmed computers
* ongoing writing and bookmaking exercises
* a documentation pillar where anyone who wished could share the texts they typed
* literary and performance events
* wide-ranging conversations with people who visited the space.
The Original Announcement of Antena @ PRH
We are happy to announce the Antena temporary bookstore, reading room and lit experimentation lab, located at Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas. As part of Round 36 of installations, the space at 2515 Holman Street is open through June 24 from Wednesday through Sunday from 12pm-5pm. The books in the space are from small presses across the Americas, particularly the U.S. and Mexico: evidence of textual innovation and a vibrant multilingual dialogue in experimental writing and literary community-making. Many are for sale; others are available for reading and browsing in the space; still others for barter. John Pluecker is present in the space over the course of the exhibition: a durational performance, an investigation into building multilingual literary spaces, promoting and selling innovative books and detonating public projects. Within the space, chairs and a sofa are available for sitting, books and chapbooks and small magazines available for reading, and typewriters available for writing. All visitors are welcome, and are invited to write through and beyond the various texts available in the space, writing with and toward the authors and through the location of this row housein Third Ward, Houston. In addition, Antena has organized a series of bilingual activities open to the public, including a Read/Write Club and bilingual spaces for conversation among Third Ward residents, Houston-area folks, and visitors from elsewhere.Schedule for Read/Write Club: Weekly on Wednesdays from 6-9pm
(It’s encouraged to try to read the book prior to the Club meeting; however, if you can’t, still come! We will read together in the space and listen to the author read—either recorded, in person or through Skype. Then we will write together.)
April 25 - A Toast in the House of Friends by Akilah Oliver, Coffee House Press
May 2 - American Copia by Javier Huerta, Arte Público Press
May 9 - I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women by Caroline Bergvall, Laynie Browne, Teresa Carmody, and Vanessa Place, Eds., Les Figues Press
May 16 - The Black Automaton by Douglas Kearney, Fence Books
May 23 - Poems of the Black Object by Ronaldo V. Wilson, Futurepoem
May 30 - SABORAMI by Cecilia Vicuña, Chainlinks
June 6 - The Event Factory de Renee Gladman, dorothy, a publishing project
June 13 - one by Jen Hofer, Palm Press
June 20 - sexoPUROsexoVELOZ and Septiembre: A Bilingual Edition of Books 2 and 3 of Dolores Dorantes by Dolores Dorantes, translated by Jen Hofer, Kenning Editions / Counterpath Press
Any questions, please email plujo7 [at] gmail [dot] com.
Hope to see you there!