[Msa-discuss] BLAST at 100, 2 July 2014

Nathan O'Donnell odonnena at tcd.ie
Fri Mar 21 17:06:45 EDT 2014

*BLAST at 100*

Centenary symposium // Trinity Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin // 2
July 2014

Plenary speakers // Andrzej Gąsiorek // Sarah Victoria Turner

On 2 July, 1914, the first volume of *BLAST *appeared, an oversized,
puce-coloured block, an assemblage of poetry, prose, drama and visual art,
the manifesto of the Vorticist movement and, in its own right, a radical
experiment in typography and avant-garde self-promotion. Vorticism may have
been a short-lived phenomenon, but *BLAST *remains as vivid and challenging
today as it was one hundred years ago. Its influences upon the subsequent
courses of art, poetry and popular culture have been extraordinary.

To assess some of these influences, and to mark the centenary of the
magazine’s first appearance, a one-day symposium will be held in the
Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin on 2 July, 2014.  The day's
proceedings will be accompanied by an exhibition of both issues of *BLAST*,
alongside other examples of artistic and print culture, in Trinity's Long
Room library, and a performance of *Enemy of the Stars*, directed by
Nicholas Johnson.  This interdisciplinary event, which is open to all, will
showcase the continuing influence and relevance of *BLAST *in the
twenty-first century.

Registration to take place on the day.  Full price: €10.  Discounted price
(students, unwaged): €5.

A poster is attached; we would be grateful you could inform students,
colleagues and others who might be interested about this.

For further details see:

w: blastat100.wordpress.com
t:  @Blast100 <http://twitter.com/blast100>

Yours sincerely,

Nathan, Philip and Katy

Dr Nathan O’Donnell (School of English, TCD)

Dr Philip Coleman (School of English, TCD)

Katy Milligan (Department of History of Art & Architecture, TCD)
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