Information Overload: The Perversity of the Knowing — Dawn Lundy Martin (5 Sessions)

Saturdays 2-4pm: 5 sessions begin February 15th

The disciplinary apparatuses of the state have taken forms of which we are newly aware. They watch and document under the auspices of providing safety for citizens. We, in turn, provide almost everyone with excess access to what we do, who we believe ourselves to be, and what we think. Is counter documentation possible? What does it mean to attempt to speak against power? What narratives, forms, languages, gestures, and means toward performance can help us create future selves liberated from the over abundance of record? In this workshop, we will work toward uncovering the effects of surveillance on writing and imagine strategies for refusing those effects. Together we will generate anti-dossiers that resist totality and information accumulation (secret or other).

Dawn Lundy Martin is the author of A Matter of Gathering / A Gathering of Matter, DISCIPLINE, and the forthcoming Life in a Box is a Pretty Life; she is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

This workshop is part of The Poetry Project’s “Workshop Residency” at Dixon Place and will meet at 161 Chrystie Street New York, NY 10002 – a short walk from the Project. Dixon Place was founded to provide a space for literary and performing artists to create and develop new works in front of a live audience. Our mutual interest in supporting the development of new work/work in progress makes it an ideal partnership!