November 15 14.00-16.00
Commons 226, Newton Park Campus
Lila Matsumoto, University of Nottingham:
Poetic Technologies: Exploring Hebridean renewable energy production through poetry- sculpture collaboration
This talk centres around the question: what special knowledge can poetry give us about our natural and built environments? Over the last two years, I have worked with visual artist Hannah Imlach to explore how the conceptualisation and processes of sculpture-making can galvanise the writing and reading of poetry. Our collaboration has taken us to two locations in the Hebrides, the isle of Eigg and the Monach Islands in the Outer Hebrides, to learn from local models of renewable energy production that benefit communities physically as well as socially. In my talk, I will share some of the outcomes of these fieldtrips, before moving on to discuss poetics as a technology which holds out the potential of reconfiguring everyday experience. I will draw on the work of Val Plumwood, Nicole Boivin, and Gaston Bachelard to bolster my thinking about poetry’s coalescence with matter, and the ways in which poetry can engage with environmental thought.
Lila Matsumoto is a poet, researcher, and lecturer in poetry at the University of Nottingham. Her poetry pamphlets include Soft Troika (If a Leaf Falls Press) and Allegories from my Kitchen (Sad Press). A collection of poetry, Urn and Drum, is forthcoming from Shearsman in 2018. Lila is interested experimental forms of production and performance of poetry, and often collaborates with visual and sound art practitioners. Her current research explores the theme of women’s work and gendered divisions of artistic labour. Lila co-edits the poetry and arts magazine FRONT HORSE (http://fronthorsezine.wordpress.com) and is a member of the music collective Food People.
This free public lecture is jointly presented by Intercultural Communication through Practice Research Group from