Scrivener’s Monthly: Aaron Peck Reading About Novels and Art

Jan 26, 2013

Reading, Performance


EDAM studio, Western Front


8:00 p.m.


For this iteration of Scrivener’s Monthly, Aaron Peck presented his lecture “That Sound Should Have Been Our Title: ‘Ekphrasis’ and the Novel in Contemporary Art.” Developed while in residence at documenta 13, Peck’s talk took the form of a literary montage in nine fragments that considered the relationship between conceptual art and writing practices. In tracing various examples of interdisciplinary art writing, Peck discussed the experimental practices that emerged in Vancouver in the 1980s and ’90s, and the global influence of these lineages on approaches to genre, translation, language, narrative, and form. Following his forty-five-minute presentation, Peck was joined by artist Dan Starling for a conversation about books and the art world. 

Scrivener’s Monthly was a series of public presentations that explored the space between material practices and spoken words. Set alongside exhibitions at Western Front, this experiment in “not publishing” involved readings, performances, and other articulations.

Video documentation of this event is available upon request.
A poster of a yellow sign reading Scrivener's Monthly A Periodical That Talks, With Aaron Peck Reading About Novel and Art On January 26th, 8pm at Western Front, Vancouver is stapled to a wooden post at the beach. It's a cloudy day, and the ocean, coast mountains, and west end shoreline can be seen in the background.


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