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Abigail Child Interview

Abigail Child talks about cutting, sound editing, documentary, the use of found footage, the relation of film making to poetry writing, and gender politics. Child is a poet and film maker. Her first film, from 1970, was a documentary called Except the People. More recent films include Mirror World, To and No Fro, Dark Dark, Surface Noise, B/Side, and Where the Girls Are. Her series Is This What You Were Born For? includes the films Prefaces (1981), Mutiny (1983), Both (1988), Perils (1986), Covert Action, Mayhem (1987), and Mercy (1989). Her documentary On The Downlow premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Child is Chair of Film/Animation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


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Conversations and readings with poets and artists, produced in cooperation with PennSound and hosted by Charles Bernstein, the American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy with Stanley Cavell and wrote his final thesis on Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In the mid-1970s Bernstein became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. With visual artist and wife Susan Bee, Bernstein published several now well-known poets whose work is associated with Language writing.