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Language & Technology of Suffering: Spectacles of Deadly Art

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Language & Technology of Suffering: Spectacles of Deadly Art
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A series of performances and readings comprised of dark fiction and improvisation.


Upcoming August 2017: The Savage Book Tour and Performances
Savage Anesthesia (Short Stories, Carrion Blue 555)
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Language & Technology of Suffering: Spectacles of Deadly Art  [formerly Phantasmagoria] is a series of happenings that integrates dark fiction, digital art and film, and performance to transform the experience of the reading from a sober literary gathering, to a visceral new theater. Part of the mission is to join emerging authors of dark fiction with established authors and dramatists to broaden the audience for unconventional literary arts.

Event which took place in August 2012 at the KGB Bar in NYC:
Some of you will be stunned by the performers, including the talented Michael Bakkensen who is Dr. Kurtz, Clinical Psychologist for the "permanent orphans." He is known for extracting night-terrors, unconscious yearnings and dream-toxins from permanent orphans, but is also world-renowned for transforming nightmares into three-dimensional forms. "There's nothing entirely special about my dream-toxin abortion process, but the specialty lies in my unique laser which can, no less, transform thoughts and dream-states into three-dimensional data." Dr. Kurtz exhorts as he points at the skulking boy-patient. "William of two selves—one human and with its natural skeleton; and the other comprised of light, but no less alive and no less William." We must embrace both forms. We embrace them because they are deplorably orphaned. Brethren, we transmogrify their night-terrors into photons not only because it's artistic, but to save their very being and souls."
Grace Krilanovich's debut novel The Orange Eats Creeps, published by Two Dollar Radio, was a finalist for the Indie Booksellers' Choice Award and the Believer Book Award, and was named one of Amazon's Top Ten Science Fiction/Fantasy Books of 2010. Grace is a MacDowell Colony fellow and was a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree for 2010. Her work has appeared in Black Clock and Puerto del Sol.  Click here to watch an interview and reading of Grace at The 2010 National Book Awards.
Rachel Sherman, author of The First Hurt & Living Room, whose fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, Open City, Conjunctions, and n+1, among other publications. The First Hurt was short‐listed for The Story Prize and The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library.
Leland Pitts-Gonzalez, author of The Blood Poetry (Raw Dog Screaming Press) which will debut on August 8, has published fiction in Open City, Fence, Dark Sky Magazine, Drunken Boat, and Monkey Bicycle.  He is the project director of Phantasmagoria.
Michael Bakkensen is an actor.  He has extensive experience in Theater, most recently in Noises Off on Broadway, in Film (Memoria Mortalis at Sundance), and on Television (Law & Order).

[Was not able to attend]
Brian Evenson: the author of ten books of fiction, most recently the limited edition novella Baby Leg, published by New York Tyrant Press in 2009.  In 2009 he also published the novel Last Days (which won the American Library Association's Award for Best Horror Novel of 2009) and the story collection Fugue State, both of which were on Time Out New York's top books of 2009.  His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Slovenian. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University's Literary Arts Program. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the International Horror Guild Award for Best Story Collection), Dark Property, and Altmann's Tongue. He has translated work by Christian Gailly, Jean Frémon, Claro, Jacques Jouet, Eric Chevillard, Antoine Volodine, and others.  He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

[Was not able to attend]
And new work by Daniel Gorrell whose films have appeared at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Other Cinema, the Oakland Museum of California, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, P.B.S. and M.T.V. Japan.

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