The People: Joseph Mosconi & Feliz Lucia Molina (Ep. 17)

The People with Insert Blanc Editor and Publisher Mathew Timmons and Insert Blanc Artist Ben White, features the voices and ideas of The People that make up the cultural landscape of Los Angeles, the west coast, and beyond on KCHUNG 1630AM every 3rd Sunday at 3pm and podcast on iTunes as The People Radio. The People is me, The People is you, The People is we, and You Can Too! … like a Broken Record magically repaired. In this issue of The Conversant, we feature The People episode 17 with Joseph Mosconi and Feliz Lucia Molina. —Mathew Timmons and Ben White

The People: Joseph Mosconi & Feliz Lucia Molina Ep. 17

Originally broadcast on Sunday, July 20, 2014

Joseph Mosconi and Feliz Lucia Molina discuss each other’s work and the preloaded nostalgia of Full House. Plus Diana Arterian delivers William Blake action in the very first Notes From The People. Music from Richard Bott and The Fucked Up Beat and as always our insterstitial music is the song “Ocfif” by Lewis Keller.
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Joseph Mosconi is the grandson of Italian orange growers and piano tuners from the dusty town of Bakersfield, CA. He is the author of Fright Catalog from Insert Blanc Press and Demon Miso / Fashion in Child from Make Now Press.

Feliz Lucia Molina is the daughter of Filipino immigrants. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, she lives in Los Angeles and is the author of Undercastle from Magic Helicopter Press. She is also co-author of The Wes Letters with Ben Segal and Brett Zehner from Outpost 19.

Simon Critchley and Philip Seymour Hoffman, with Introduction by Feliz Lucia Molina

(left to right) Philip Seymour Hoffman and Simon Critchley
(left to right) Philip Seymour Hoffman and Simon Critchley

Founded in 1994, the European Graduate School is a program led by philosophers, film makers, writers, poets and artists, located in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. A fun camp of critical theory and continental philosophy, its teachers and students gather from around the world in a secluded Swiss Alp town for three-week-long intensive study and lectures that continue late into the night at Metro Bar, Happy Bar, Popcorn, or wherever else. Fortunately, all of the official lectures are videotaped and archived.

Feliz Lucia Molina on Chris Kraus

Chris Kraus
Chris Kraus

Founded in 1994, the European Graduate School is a program led by philosophers, film makers, writers, poets and artists, located in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. A fun camp of critical theory and continental philosophy, its teachers and students gather from around the world in a secluded Swiss Alp town for three-week-long intensive study and lectures that continue late into the night at Metro Bar, Happy Bar, Popcorn, or wherever else. Fortunately, all of the official lectures are videotaped and archived.

Feliz Lucia Molina on Judith Butler

Judith Butler
Judith Butler

Founded in 1994, the European Graduate School is a program led by philosophers, film makers, writers, poets and artists, located in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. A fun camp of critical theory and continental philosophy, its teachers and students gather from around the world in a secluded Swiss Alp town for three-week-long intensive study and lectures that continue late into the night at Metro Bar, Happy Bar, Popcorn, or wherever else. Fortunately, all of the official lectures are videotaped and archived.

Feliz Lucia Molina on Avital Ronell

Avital Ronnell. Photo courtesy of the European Graduate School
Avital Ronell. Photo courtesy of the European Graduate School.

Founded in 1994, the European Graduate School is a program led by philosophers, film makers, writers, poets and artists, located in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. A fun camp of critical theory and continental philosophy, its teachers and students gather from around the world in a secluded Swiss Alp town for three-week-long intensive study and lectures that continue late into the night at Metro Bar, Happy Bar, Popcorn, or wherever else. Fortunately, all of the official lectures are videotaped and archived.

Feliz Lucia Molina with Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña
Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña is a poet, visual artist and filmmaker born in Santiago de Chile. The author of twenty books of poetry, she exhibits and performs internationally. A precursor of conceptual art in Latin America and an early practitioner of the improvisatory oral performance, her work deals with the interactions between text and textile, language and earth. Her multidimensional works begin as an image that becomes a poem, a film, a song, a sculpture or a collective performance. She calls this participatory, impermanent work “lo precario” (the precarious), a series of transformative acts or “metaphors in space” that bridge the gap between art and life, the ancestral and the avant-garde. In Chile she founded the legendary Tribu No in l967, a group that created anonymous poetic actions throughout the city. In l974, exiled in London, she co-founded Artists for Democracy to oppose dictatorships in the Third World. She has lived in New York since l980.

 

April 28, 2013

Dear Cecilia,

The first and last time I saw you perform was at Naropa in, I think, 2005. I remember ephemeral fragments of the performance in the auditorium filled with bodies, dim lighting, a soft and gentle movement beginning from somewhere, I forget where, in the room. I remember clearly and for some reason only, the words the word is thread. And red (or was it white or was it both?) thread hung from the ceiling (or was it not hanging, but spread around between bodies seated in aluminum chairs?). I was standing only a few feet away from you and heard whispers, barely audible in memory. I hesitate to listen to your recordings. I am trying to work through memory of that occasion.

“memory is the chain of resurrection
Charles
Olson
said
memory is the future
because you will
remember in future tense
you will remember
whatever you did
and others did
and others will do
that is the change”

Facebook was the only way to reach you. I’m thinking now of the three w’s, as in www: waves/weave/we or world? I’d love to hear more about these connections between word (thread), weave (the binding of body and text—written word on paper or digital) and waves (of information in the Internet). “Writing is a sensorial disorder, she says, arranging her threads. Writing wants to be three-dimensional.” (Dennis Tedlock, Spit Temple).

Caleb Beckwith with J. Gordon Faylor

J. Gordon Faylor (Photo Credit: Kate Robinson)

Caleb Beckwith: In a recent interview with Tan Lin over at Harriet, you give a helpful account of Gauss PDF’s founding. Would you mind recapping this for readers unfamiliar with your practice? Maybe you could also expand a bit here on the site’s editorial agenda and explain how this changed over GPDF’s now four-year history?

J. Gordon Faylor: GPDF was catalyzed by a desire common to many small publications/presses: wanting the work of friends and others made more readily available. I find problematic the vetting processes and sometimes latent conservatism promulgated by publications/labels as a means of caching a curatorially-determined set, and wanted to enable a more open platform for various cultural productions not limited to, but including poetics. Having spent a few years in New York and Philadelphia, I was fortunate to find overlapping groups and networks sufficient for getting a little Tumblr thing off the ground.