Jennifer Scappettone (University of Chicago) and Judd Morrissey (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) will discuss the intertwining of a documentary poetics of place and the poetics of virtual and augmented reality as it has evolved through their recent practices, then stage a conversation about collaboration in sounding the copper veins of modern architecture and telecommunications infrastructures. Their dialogue will circle around LAMENT; Or, The Mine Has Been Opened Up Well—an interactive augmented and virtual reality installation comprising poetry, documentary video and sound developed in collaboration with artist/technologist Abraham Avnisan and writer/composer Mark Booth, which will be up at Counterpath for the month of April. LAMENT excavates sites, histories, and languages of mining in a poetics of generative telegraphy, geophysical extraction, and the multilingual hauntings of forgotten laborers—proposing a critical archaeology of contemporary network culture in response to the extraordinary material, political, and environmental legacies that make cloud computing possible.



Jennifer Scappettone works at the juncture of scholarly research, translation, and the literary arts, on the page and off. She is the author of the books Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (2014), From Dame Quickly: Poems (2009), and The Republic of Exit 43: Outtakes & Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump (2016). Her most recent publication is SMOKEPENNY LYRICHORD HEAVENBRED: Two Acts (2018), an e-chapbook from The Elephants hailing from a libretto composed for live mixed-reality performance with writer and code artist Judd Morrissey and artist/technologist Abraham Avnisan. Other new work can be found in Asymptote, Boston Review, e-flux, Nuovi argomenti, and in the catalog for the US Pavilion of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Dimensions of Citizenship. She has won fellowships, residencies, and grants from foundations such as the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and the Center for Italian Modern Art, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Getty Research Center, and the Huntington Library, and was a 2010-11 Rome Prize Fellow. She is currently Associate Professor at the University of Chicago, and a 2018-19 Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. 


Judd Morrissey is a writer and code artist who creates poetic systems across a range of platforms incorporating electronic writing, internet art, live performance, and augmented reality. He is the creator of digital literary works including The Precession: An 80 Foot Long Internet Art Performance Poem (2011), The Last Performance [dot org] (Electronic Literature Collection Vol.2, 2011), The Jew’s Daughter (Electronic Literature Collection Vol.1, 2006), and My Name is Captain, Captain (Eastgate Systems, 2002). He is a recipient of a Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, a Fulbright Scholar’s Award in Digital Culture, and a Mellon Foundation Collaborative Fellowship for Arts Practice and Scholarship.Judd is an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art and Technology Studies and Writing. His work has been the subject of numerous critical studies and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, The New Republic, RAINTAXI, and the Iowa Review.    


Killick Hinds lives in Athens, Georgia. His music is Appalachian Trance Metal made on unusual stringed instruments with an emphasis on unquantifiable rhythms, intuitive intonation, and shamanistic ROYGBIV. The primary sonic influences on Killick are animals, wind, water, fire, electrical hum, and silence. Pop-culture mashups and ancient and obscure forms infuse his music; the effect more closely resembles speech patterns and emotionally-drawn architecture than it does conventional Western music. Despite its eclectic nature the sounds are surprisingly familiar and accessible to audiences of all ages and levels of musical involvement. More than 200 Killick albums can be found through

Thursday, April 4 at 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Folsom Field & Stadium, Media Lab -- Gate Seven, Second Floor
2095 University Ave., Boulder, CO 80309

Judd Morrissey and Jennifer Scappettone in performance at Poetry Foundation, with Abraham Avnisan in foreground. Photo courtesy of Grace DuVal.

Judd Morrissey and Jennifer Scappettone in performance at Poetry Foundation, with Abraham Avnisan in foreground. Photo courtesy of Grace DuVal.