Jen Bervin presents Silk Poems at Rhode Island School of Art & Design

Oct 03 2017


Graphic Design Commons RISD Design Center
30 North Main Street
Providence, RI

In conjunction with Tufts University's Silk Lab, Jen Bervin wrote a poem fabricated nanoscale in the form of a silk biosensor. Composed in a six-character chain that corresponds to the DNA structure of silk, the poem's form is modeled on how the silkworm applies filament to its cocoon. The poem imagines the perspective of the silkworm and is addressed to the imagined person with the silk biosensor implanted under their skin. The book, to be published by Nightboat Books on the day of our event, is the most current component of a project that has included a year-long exhibition at MASS MoCA, a short film by Charlotte Lagarde (2016) and research in laboratories, production sites and archives in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Bervin is an artist and poet whose research-driven interdisciplinary works include Nets (2003) and The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope-Poems (2012). This event is supported by the Graphic Design department and the Division of Liberal Arts Humanities Fund.

Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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