Listening + Poetry Event: A.K. Burns: Leave No Trace


Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts 24 Quincy Street, Level 3, CRC/bookshop

ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts; Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program
SPEAKER(S): A.K. Burns is an interdisciplinary artist and educator residing in Brooklyn, NY. Currently a 2016-17 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, Burns is developing a long-term project—a cycle of multi-media installations that take speculative fiction as a point of departure. This work is additionally supported by a 2015 Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts Award and the Spring 2017 Research & Development Season at the New Museum. The opening episode from this cycle of works, "A Smeary Spot," debuted at Participant Inc, NY in the Fall of 2015. A new iteration was installed at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in September 2016.
COST: Free
"Leave No Trace" is an experimental analog audio project and vinyl record that comes in a zip-bag with nitrile gloves and accompanying poem. The recording consists of two tracks, one per side, that combine ambient environmental recordings, vocalization, sounds generated from various materials and an old electric guitar. "Leave No Trace" is part of a cycle of related works that includes "A Smeary Spot," 2015, proposing bodies that are malleable territories, unassimilated, walking a skeptical line between ‘nature’ and technologies, and thereby reconfiguring how different bodies are defined and valued. The title referencing wilderness ethics more importantly points to notions of wildness and unregulated spaces, what is natural or naturalized—both the privilege and subjugation of bodies and actions that go unrecorded.
This event is in collaboration with Burns's exhibition, "No Time, No Place, No Body," organized by the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program. The exhibition is on view Mar 22–Apr 8, 2017.

See also: Exhibition