Book launch: The City Outside the Sentence by Mirene Arsanios

Book launch: The City Outside the Sentence by Mirene Arsanios

Photo: Ruth Höflich.

Book launch: The City Outside the Sentence by Mirene Arsanios
January 26, 2016

Join us on Tuesday, January 26 at e-flux for the launch of The City Outside the Sentence by Mirene Arsanios.

The City Outside the Sentence was written without a mother tongue. Pronunciation glitches, thwarted accents, and makeshift multilingualism are turned into narrative possibilities, inviting the reader to navigate a city on the outskirts of grammar. Borrowing from fictional conventions as well as more essayistic forms, Arsanios’ first publication gathers ten short stories written between 2013 and 2015. It is published by Ashkal Alwan in Beirut. For the occasion, poet Christopher Rey Pérez and artist Caitlin Berrigan will be reading alongside the author.

Mirene Arsanios is the author of The City Outside the Sentence (Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, 2015). Her writings have appeared in publications such as The RumpusInk & CodaEnizagam, and The Outpost, among others. She co-founded the collective 98weeks Research Project in Beirut and is the founding editor of Makhzin, a bilingual literary magazine. She holds an MA in Art Theory from Goldsmiths College and a writing MFA from Bard College. She lives in New York where she is currently a writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. 

Caitlin Berrigan works across performance, video, sculpture, text, and public choreographies to engage with the intimate social dimensions of power and politics. Her work has shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Harvard Carpenter Center, Storefront for Art & Architecture, Hammer Museum, and Anthology Film Archives, among others. She has received fellowships & residencies from the Humboldt Foundation, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, PROGRAM for Art & Architecture Berlin, and a will be a 2015-17 Schloss Solitude fellow. She teaches emerging media at NYU Tisch Photo & Imaging, and holds a Master’s in visual art from MIT and a B.A. from Hampshire College.

Christopher Rey Pérez is a poet writing from a matrix of opaque folklore, violence, and language. His publications include On the heels of our enemies (98editions, Beirut), 427-375 (LIKE Editorial, Mexico City), and an untitled collaboration with artist Barbara Ess (321 Editions, New York City). He is also the recipient of the Madeleine P. Plonsker Prize from &Now Books, which will publish his first full-length book, gauguin’s notebook, Fall 2016. Currently, he writes for Intelligentsia Gallery in Beijing and co-edits a nomadic riso publication of the Americas, called Dolce Stil Criollo. He is a graduate of Bard MFA and current faculty of Bard’s Language and Thinking program.

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Mirene Arsanios is the author of the short story collection The City Outside the Sentence (2015). She has contributed essays and short stories to e-flux journal, Vida, The Brooklyn Rail, LitHub, and Guernica, among others. Arsanios cofounded the collective 98weeks Research Project in Beirut and is the founding editor of Makhzin, a bilingual English/Arabic magazine for innovative writing. She teaches at Pratt Institute and holds an MFA in Writing from the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College. Arsanios currently lives in New York where she was a 2016 LMCC Workspace fellow, and an ART OMI resident in fall 2017. With Rachel Valinsky, she coordinated the Friday nights reading series at the Poetry Project from 2017-19. Her next book, The Autobiography of a Language, is forthcoming with Futurepoem (2021).

Caitlin Berrigan works as a visual artist, writer, and researcher. Her early works address viruses and spatial choreographies of contagion. Recent works explore poetics and queer science fiction as world-making practices through instruments and moving image. Her work has been commissioned by the Whitney Museum, Berlinale, Art in General, Henry Art Gallery, Harvard Carpenter Center, and her writings are published by Georgia, MARCH, Duke University Press, and Broken Dimanche Press.

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