Weather, Whether Radar: the book
Written and published despite all the difficulties associated with Covid, the Institute collaborated with Ethical Midge to publish Redell Olsen’s remarkable book, Weather, Whether Radar: Plume of the Volants. This artist’s book offers glimpses of Olsen’s digital studio and portfolio of work as the winner of the DARE Art Prize, awarded by the University of […]
Anthology of Writing (For Robert)
Here at the Institute we’re only slowly emerging from the difficulties of coronavirus lock-down exhaustion and its various aftermaths. As we gather strength for new work, here’s a look back at one of our exciting publications, an anthology of writing gathered in honour of Robert Hampson and published jointly with the Poetics Research Centre, Royal […]
Homage to Tom Raworth’s Writing
Here at the Institute we very much admire Tom Raworth’s book Writing. Written in the 1970s and published by The Figures, Berkeley, California in 1982, the book is seminal both as a poetic text and as an instance of stylish book publishing. Reprints of the text, as in the version in Tom Raworth’s Collected Poems (Manchester: […]
archive of the crinoline: redeem the unredeemable!
There’s a sorry history of cultural appropriations of the crinoline, often for purposes other than high fashion, usually with the intent of debunking or perverting the gloire of the crinoline’s architecture. This awkward specimen, widely reproduced, sometimes goes by the title of ‘The Bachelor’s Dream’, an albumen print from around 1860, and not, as they […]
News of Research at the Institute Continued: GENEALOGY OF THE CRINOLINE… ‘Hegel’s Embarrassment’
As if the wealth of superficial analogies were not sufficiently dazzling anecdotal material for confirmed cultural materialists, the final insult to injury is added by the discovery that this myth of nuns and fossils makes its sorry way into Walter Scott’s scandalously underpowered long poem Marmion(1806): When Whitby’s nuns exalting told, Of thousand snakes, each […]
News of Research at the Institute:GENEALOGY OF THE CRINOLINE… ‘Byproducts and Snakestones’
Among byproducts of research into the cultural imagination of the fossil, two intriguing counter-mythologies emerge. Short of funds for a full research trip, the Institute purchased the fossil pictured in the previous post on ebay. While able to confirm the Jurassic status of the specimen, the Institute were unable to verify the Whitby provenance claimed […]
Arrivals at The Institute: Robert Hampson / Crater Press
At The Institute we were very pleased to be sent a copy of Robert Hampson’s new publication ‘Out of Sight’ from the lovely Crater Press. The artificial highs of Robert Hampson’s noir on overload are given the appearance of having been captured as if only in passing by R. Parker’s elegant design of the page. […]
News of Research at the Institute: ‘GENEALOGY OF THE CRINOLINE’
News update on our progress towards completion of a fully spiralling vision of the genealogy of the crinoline. Fig. 1 ‘Steel Cage Crinoline’ Our small research group have been struggling to assemble organic forms comparable to the nineteenth century metallic crinoline, with a view to disproving the claim that there is something inherently modern about […]
Still Seeking Approval?
From who exactly?
The FPC 9 volume has arrived in Paris!
Including: Drew Milne, “Preface to the Critique of Pure Poetry” and Redell Olsen, “The matter of cloven-poetics or, even the title against itself”.