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Christian Bök

Christian Bök

(Canada, 1966)

For over ten years, Bök has been attempting a 'living poetry' by implanting a coded poem into living bacteria. The ultimate goal? The bacteria writing a poem back.

Christian Bök has dedicated his life to poetic experiments which, in their sheer length and scope, have almost taken on the form of quests. He gained recognition with Eunoia (2001), a book he worked on for seven years. Each of Eunoia's chapters is dedicated to a single vowel, with no other vowels allowed therein. The Xenotext, his current project, is even more ambitious. For over ten years, Bök has been attempting a 'living poetry' by implanting a coded poem into living bacteria. The ultimate goal? The bacteria writing a poem back. In Bök's work science becomes poetry, and poetry a science.


 
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TUESDAY 29 MAY 2018
 20:15 - 22:00 
Main Auditorium
THE NATION OF POETRY > OPENING OF THE 49TH POETRY INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Alí Calderón, Aurélia Lassaque, Christian Bök, Danez Smith, Dolores Dorantes, Ida Börjel, Joost Baars, Lies Van Gasse, Maria Stepanova, Marie de Quatrebarbes, Miguel-Manso, Nachoem M. Wijnberg, Nora Gomringer, Safiya Sinclair, Sonia Bueno, Zeyar Lynn, Binkbeats, dans van Uri Eugenio, clips van Charles Badenhorst en meer
WEDNESDAY 30 MAY 2018
 21:30 - 23:00 
Theater Rotterdam - Witte De With - Audit.
CONCEIVED IN ADVANCE / CONCEPTUAL POETRY

Christian Bök, Ida Börjel, Nachoem M. Wijnberg, presentatie Jan Baeke
THURSDAY 31 MAY 2018
 18:30 - 19:30 
Theater Rotterdam - Witte De With - Studio
POETRY TALKS

Alí Calderón, Christian Bök, Dolores Dorantes, gesprek Janita Monna
 20:00 - 21:00 
Theater Rotterdam - Witte De With - Studio
POETRY READING

Christian Bök, Danez Smith, Ida Börjel
FRIDAY 1 JUNE 2018
 16:00 - 17:30 
Theater Rotterdam - Witte De With - Studio
KLETSEN ABOUT ÜBERSETZEN & BROCKWAY PRIZE

Christian Bök, Dolores Dorantes, Han van der Vegt, Hans Boland, Mariolein Sabarte Belacortu
SATURDAY 2 JUNE 2018
 13:30 - 16:00 
Theater Rotterdam - Witte De With - Foyer
POETRY + ART GALLERY TOUR - WEST

Christian Bök, Danez Smith, Ida Börjel, M. i.s.m. 010 Says it all
 13:30 - 16:00 
Theater Rotterdam - Witte De With - Foyer
POETRY + ART GALLERY TOUR - CITY CENTRE

Christian Bök, Radna Fabias, winnaar Buddinghprijs bij PHOEBUS Rotterdam, M. i.s.m. 010 Says it all
 13:30 - 16:00 
Theater Rotterdam - Witte De With - Foyer
POETRY + ART GALLERY TOUR - NORTH

Christian Bök, Nachoem M. Wijnberg, M. i.s.m. 010 Says it All
 13:30 - 16:00 
Theater Rotterdam - Witte De With - Foyer
POETRY + ART GALLERY TOUR - SOUTH

Christian Bök, M. i.s.m. 010 Says it All
 21:30 - 23:00 
Theater Rotterdam - Witte De With - Audit.
CROSS-OVER CLOSING

Aurélia Lassaque, Christian Bök, Danez Smith, Gihan Omar, Joost Baars, Lies Van Gasse, Marie de Quatrebarbes, Nora Gomringer, Boi Akih, Bella Bouman, Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva, Convoi Exceptional en Francis Broekhuijsen (presentatie)