Text and Image

In this five-week online workshop, we’ll practice various ways of generating texts and pairing them with images (largely prose/poetry with photography). Looking at works by Teju Cole, Roni Horn, W. G. Sebald, Claudia Rankine, Moyra Davey, Taryn Simon and Sophie Calle, each week we’ll draw from the work of one of these writers/artists, studying the ways in which they combine text and image. Using this writer/artist’s work as a guide and template, each student will create a new and original work of their own. We’ll question the ways in which images inflect on the texts, and vice versa. How is the image served by the text, and how is the text, in turn, served by the image? Is there a meaning that falls somewhere into the gap between the text and the image? Please note that no expertise in art, photography or image-making is required! Students of all backgrounds and disciplines are welcome. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Sunday afternoon, and assignments, texts, images and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

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Simone Kearney is a New York based writer and artist. She is the author of Days (Belladonna Press, forthcoming 2020), My Ida (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017) and In Threes, a limited edition artist chapbook (Minute BOOKS, 2013). She was a 2014 recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in poetry and a 2010 recipient of an Amy Award from Poets & Writers. Her work often involves collaboration, and the translation of content across media. Two recent collaborative and interdisciplinary projects include a combination of text, still photography and video, in “One Sings, The Other Doesn’t” (Precog Magazine, 2020), with the artist and writer Xiaofu Effy Wang; and “Desire Lines,” a performative translation of the philosopher Sara Ahmed’s work into movement and material, with the artist and scholar Sophie Seita, performed at Boston University in the spring of 2020. She has exhibited her artwork and/or given multidisciplinary performances in New York, Boston, Connecticut, Baltimore, Ohio, London, and Cork. Most recently, her work was on view at Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery in the Lower East Side. She is part-time faculty at Parsons School of Design and Rutgers University.