Poetics of Theft

Shanzhai Lyric

Thursday, October 13, 6:30-8:30pm
Géza, 306 Maujer

This reading and publication launch organized by New York-based duo Shanzhai Lyric departs from their ongoing archive of garments featuring poetics fragments and encompasses their recent research into gendered theft and counterfeit goods.

Examining the poetics of theft, Shanzhai Lyric’s reading celebrates a new publication comprising a watery poem composed from the siren call of found shanzhai lyrics alongside newly commissioned essays by several writers, including UK-based feminist shoplifting theorist Silvia Bombardini. The event explores sonic landscapes made by layering the wails emitted by security tags.

This reading is organized in the framework of SIREN (some poetics), a group exhibition and a poetics devoted to technologies of myth and mouth, earth and alarm, gender and language.

Free and open to the public. We do encourage prior registration.

Image: Promotional photo from Sensormatic premier Anti-Theft device purveyor.

About the artists

Shanzhai Lyric is a body of research focused on radical logistics and linguistics through the prism of technological aberration and non-official cultures.

The project takes inspiration from the experimental English found on shanzhai t-shirts made in China and that proliferate across the globe to examine how the language of counterfeit uses mimicry, hybridity, and permutation to both revel in and reveal the artifice of global hierarchies. Through an ever-growing archive of poetry-garments, Shanzhai Lyric explores the potential of mis-translation and nonsense as utopian world-making (breaking). Their work has taken the form of poetry-lectures, essays, and installations.