CA+T commissioned six Filipino American and Asian American emerging poets and writers to create an audiovisual document of them reading their work.
We asked our participants the broad question, How do poets and writers write, think, and visualize bodies, the body, their body? The answers to this question—addressing colonialism, gender, geography, the everyday, the unknown and more—are the foundation for Talking Bodies. As you see, each video captures the creativity of the poets and writers and pushes them to reconcile “voice” and “body” as they focus on the digital screen.
Talking Bodies means literally and doubly. The contributors are “talking bodies”—bodies who speak—as they record themselves digitally. And Talking Bodies also “talks [about] bodies.” As these authors write about bodies, they connect theirs to others and to the global and historical processes that have constituted these bodies. These bodies are corporeal, psychic, and epistemic.
This virtual exhibition captures writers as visual artists, especially in the ways they produce themselves speaking their work for the digital screen.
Contributors’ works are published in staggered waves from early June to early July 2016, and the whole exhibition is archived permanently on CA+T’s website.
Co-curated by Jan Christian Bernabe and Alex Ratanapratum.
Contributors include Kimberly Alidio, Jason Bayan, Rachelle Cruz, Kenji C. Liu, Angela Peñaredondo, and Melissa R. Sipin
Special thanks to the Andy Warhol Foundation and the California Institute of Contemporary Arts for fiscal support.