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Talk, Wed 9 Oct 2019, free entry

INSIDE/OUT: Paul Stephens

INSIDE/OUT: Paul Stephens


Venue: Lecture Theatre A, The Rose Bowl 

The INSIDE/OUT series offers historical, theoretical and critical discussions about subjects and themes from numerous creative fields, including art, architecture, design, fashion, film, music and performing arts. Organised by Professors Simon Morris and Rob Shail from the Leeds School of Arts, the series offers a platform for internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their ideas and work. Events are open to all.


“Art and literature,” Marcel Broodthaers mused in 1975, “which of the moon’s two faces is to remain hidden?” This slide-lecture will explore works of text art and visual poetry whose semantic content is generally shorter than a sentence. Such works blur the distinction between visual art and literature. By and large, the emergence of minimal writing in the 1960s is coeval with pop art and conceptual art, and this talk will pay particular attention to works that are self-reflexive with regard to their presentation on the page as well as in the form(s) of paintings, billboards, sculptures, films, and other media. As such, these works should be of particular interest to literary scholars, art historians, and scholars of new media—as well as to practicing poets and visual artists. Writers and artists to be discussed (briefly!) include Erica Baum, Pavel Büchler, Natalie Czech, Hollis Frampton, Robert Grenier, Joseph Kosuth, Glenn Ligon, Adrian Piper, Ed Ruscha, Aram Saroyan, Gertrude Stein.

Paul Stephens is the author of _The Poetics of Information Overload: From Gertrude Stein to Conceptual Writing_ (Minnesota 2015) and _Absence of Clutter: Minimal Writing as Art and Literature_ (forthcoming, MIT 2020). He edits the journal _Convolution_, and has taught at Bard, Columbia, and NYU.

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Dates Times
Wed 9 Oct 2019 13:00 to 15:00


Free entry


Leeds Beckett University


CL304 City Campus,
Leeds Metropolitan University,
West Yorkshire,



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Map reference: SE 297342  Lat: 53.80365 Long: -1.54914

10 minutes walk from Leeds Rail Station by heading up Albion Street, with the building on the left as you approach Woodhouse Lane.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Leeds station


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