Lisa Robertson
Tuesday 28 November 2017

A text which unravels a mystical experience — waking up in a hotel room one morning to discover that I have written the complete works of Baudelaire, yet without actually having become Baudelaire. It’s as if his texts have become me, or I have realized myself within them. In part the liminal portal of the hotel room inaugurates this experience. The telling moves from hotel to hotel, from memory to memory — being a girl in the 80s, roaming the Louvre, reading Poe, smoking hash, relative impoverishment, affairs, she-dandyism… it is part memoire, part novelistic magical realism, part trash-talking contemporary art and poetry life.

Lisa Robertson is a Canadian poet and essayist. Her books include 3 Summers (2016), Cinema of the Present (2014), Nilling (2012), R’s Boat (2010), Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip (2009), and Revolution: A Reader (2012), co-edited with Matthew Stadler. She lives in rural France.

Metod is an ongoing series of talks about working methods within the field of contemporary art and culture.