The Baudelaire Fractal


ABSTRACT / This is an account of how quite suddenly one morning upon waking I came into the knowledge that I had written the complete works of Baudelaire. It was certain that it was I who had written them: the lyric poems, prose poems, essays, art writings. . . even the letters and ephemera. And yet I was not Baudelaire; I remained myself. This ectoplasmic recognition took place in a hotel room in the Spring of 2017. A special consideration of the Salons shall inform the account. They called me to disorder.


BIOGRAPHY / Lisa Robertson is a Paris-based Canadian poet, art writer and professor who has taught at universities across the US and Europe. She is the author of the poetry collections Cinema of the Present, The Weather, Debbie, and XEclogue, and the essay collections Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture and Nilling as well as A Needle Walks Into a Haystack, a correspondence with Matthew Stadler published by Koenig Books/ Liverpool Biennial, 2014. Currently Robertson is a visiting tutor at the Royal Academy at The Hague as part of their Masters in Artistic Research Program. Robertson will be teaching classes on the nineteenth century art historian and cultural theorist Aby Warburg as well as a class on experimental publishing in the arts. As part of the Performing and Materialising Art Writing panel, Robertson will share research and concepts about her involvement in European art discourse, her role as a conduit between continents and conversations. Robertson will also facilitate a workshop with emerging art writers.


Art Writing Workshop with Lisa Robertson
September 15, 12:30 – 4:00 PM
Contemporary Calgary, 117 8 Avenue SW
Registration Required


Performing and Materialising Art Writing
Christof Migone, Lisa Robertson, Mark Clintberg, Amy Fung
September 16, 11:00 – 12:50 PM
Engineered Air Theatre, 234 9 Avenue SW
Registration Required


Evening Social
Participants TBA
September 16, 8:30 – 11:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion No. 1, 116 7 Avenue SE
No Registration Required