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CHRISTIAN BÖK  Odalisque [#04] [Silkscreened ink on paper, 2009]

22nd October to 22nd November 2010

As part of The Electric Bookshop event at Inspace during the JP & me season we are delighted that experimental Canadian poet Christian Bök will be in residence on our Twitter stream to debate the future of the book and engage with our current research catalysts of cloning, chaos and amusement.

Christian Bök is the author of Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence.

Bök has created artificial languages for two television shows: Gene Roddenberry’ s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’ s Amazon. Bök has also earned many accolades for his virtuoso performances of sound poetry (particularly the Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters).

His conceptual artworks (which include books built out of Rubik’ s cubes and Lego bricks) have appeared at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City as part of the exhibit Poetry Plastique. The Utne Reader has recently included Bök in its list of “ 50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”

Bök teaches English at the University of Calgary.

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CHRISTIAN BÖK  Odalisque [#04] [Silkscreened ink on paper, 2009]