About This Event
Doors Open:7:00 PM
Show Time:7:30 PM
This is a general admission event in The Gallery at LPR.
Derangement of the Senses is a multimedia literary reading featuring some of New York’s most exciting writers, storytellers, musicians, and burlesque performers. The result is an atmosphere where new artforms flourish and incredible acts of literary and artistic dynamo amaze and astound. Inspired by the French proto-punk poet Arthur Rimbaud, Derangement focuses on the innovative new genres that are born when transgressive, transdisciplinary collaborations happen. Burlesque performers dance as their favorite literary characters while psychedelic visuals swirl and acoustic and electronic music cacophonously collide. You haven’t seen this kind of literary reading before.
Derangement is hosted by Kevin Carter and Miracle Jones, and it takes its name from a letter written by Arthur Rimbaud, who believed that “a poet makes himself a seer by an immense, long, deliberate derangement of the senses.” Its focus is on the necessity of cross-pollination between artists that work in different genres and the explosive interactions that take place when this occurs. Shows in the past have boasted everything from laser harps and electroencephalographs to cakes and LED butterfly wings. The show began in January of 2010 and previously took place at Happy Ending Lounge in the Lower East Side. Some of New York City’s most talented young writers and performers have performed pieces that recall the NYC theatrical and artistic performance art renaissance of the 80s and 90s while also managing to make that spirit their own in an entertaining, contemporary atmosphere.
Past readers/storytellers have included Rae Bryant, Peter Aguero, Bill Cheng, Elizabeth Crane, Miracle Jones, Ed Champion, Leigh Stein, Steve Zimmer, Arianne Benford, Jeanne Thornton, Meghann Plunkett, Lisa Marie Basile, Sasha Fletcher, and Chavisa Woods. The show has also hosted burlesque performances by Nasty Canasta, Iris Explosion, Anja Keister, Lucille ti Amore, Boots LaMae, and Masae. You can find more at www.derangementofthesenses.com.
Lisa Marie Basile holds an MFA from The New School and is the author of the chapbooks Triste and Andalucia, and two forthcoming books; war/lock and apocryphal. She is the founding editor and publisher of Patasola Press, and is an assistant editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal. She edits an online daily magazine, Luna Luna (www.lunalunamag.com). LMB has taught poetics for Brooklyn Brainery and Westfield Senior High School. She has contributed to SOUND Lit Mag as well. She performs with the NYC Poetry Brothel.
Steve Zimmer is the only 4-time winner of the NYC Moth Grandslam. He is known for telling funny childhood stories about navigating the grown-up world with undeveloped emotions, and tragic adulthood stories about navigating the grown-up world with undeveloped emotions.
Todd Anderson likes to make things and think about them. He currently is developing a new performance medium called hotwriting which uses a projector, sound design, images and hotkey-generated strings of text. It’s pretty fun. He is also the producer of the Poetry Observed video series and a co-founder of Medici, a subscription-based crowdfunding site for artists. You should collaborate with him on something, or at least come say ‘hi.’ Find his work online at toddpoet.com and poetryobserved.com.
Lucille Ti Amore is a burlesque dancer, writer, and choreographer. Her work forms both provocative and whimsical images in order to materialize abstractions such as madness, oppression, fetishism, obsession, gender and love. Lucille is “The Vampire Pet” of Burlesque; her work has a strong preoccupation with dark beauty. Amore believes that an honest and beautiful aesthetic is essential because it catches the audience in their tracks, while presenting an environment worthy of escapism. You can see more at lucilletiamore.com.
Kevin Carter has published work in Kerouac’s Dog Magazine, Divine Dirt Quarterly, The Fiction Circus, and 2600 Magazine. His first collection of short stories, Lives of the Saints, was published by The Fiction Circus in March 2012. He is the host of a monthly multimedia literary reading at Happy Ending Lounge called Derangement of the Senses. He lives and plays the laser harp in Brooklyn.
Miracle Jones is from Texas. He is a Sagittarius. He is a very private person. You can read more of his work at miraclejones.com.