The lyric ligature of memory and material
Wednesday, May 31 was Canal Street Research Association’s last day at 327 Canal. The imaginary association, conceived by Ming Lin and Alexandra Tatarsky, here took shape as a street-level site of hyperlocal accumulation, part curated and part community-driven. CSRA, in its exploration of fakes, bootlegs, and the lyric ligature of memory and material, is genealogically related to the duo’s investigative poetics project Shanzhai Lyric.
I was happy to catch Ming, Alex, and a bunch of other friends (including Betty Roytburd, who documented the run of the project) at the storefront space before it closed. CSRA is moving to the new(-ish) offices of Triple Canopy down the block, which are presently disused.
Around 6 p.m., Penny Arcade hosted an impromptu group reading of John Giorno’s CUM, which Girono (and friends) read at a nearby loft in 1971. So, this was a semicentennial performance. It was interesting to hear Giorno, whose reading voice was singular and is irrepressibly memorable, as a chorus of voices.
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