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Tan Lin

Appearing on Close Listening with Charles Bernstein, May 23, 2005

WPS1, Clocktower Studio, New York

Program One: Reading

Singles from 7 Controlled Vocabularies:

  1. Intro (00:22): MP3
  2. Editorial Note (01:17): MP3
  3. ¼ : 1 foot (01:16): MP3
  4. AM__ B__ FI__ CT (01:34): MP3
  5. RPT (02:24): MP3
  6. 1:1 (01:39): MP3
  7. 1935 “The Present situation in quantum mechanics” (02:23): MP3
  8. jjj in Naturwissenschaften, 23, pp 823-828 (02:23): MP3
  9. RFID (03:41): MP3
  10. Index (02:24): MP3
  11. 51 80 (02:14): MP3
  12. From Ambient Stylistics (05:04): MP3
  13. From BlipSoak01 (02:43): MP3

Complete program (29:07): MP3

Program Two: Conversation

  • Complete conversation (29:09): MP3

Studio engineer: Darrell McNeill

PoemTalk #35, Discussing Bruce Andrews' "Center", feat. Tan Lin, Chris Funkhouser, and Sarah Dowling"

Listen to the complete recording and read program notes for the episode at Jacket2.

Three Flash Videos

PennSound is pleased to present newly streaming versions of three videos by Tan Lin: "Eleven Minute Painting," a video installation in director, "Dub Version," a long-form study in ambience, and "Disco Eats Itself (Broken Disco Parameter)," a two panel installation with text from BlipSoak01 (Atelos, 2003). See Tan Lin's video page here.

Reading for Thinking Its Presence, The Poetry Project, New York, March 25, 2015

Complete Video (1:40): MP4

Reading at Oh! Sandy: A Remembrance, Industry City, Brooklyn, New York, November 10, 2013, hosted by Phong Bui

  • Complete Reading (2:42): MP3

Bibliographic Sound Track, 2012

  • Produced for Artists Space in 2012. A video projection of the work was screened at Ludlow 38/Mini Goethe Institute on March 31, 2012 and at Artists Space on July 24, 2012.

    PPT recording, (39:56):

The Ph.D Sound, 2012

  • Produced for Artists Space in 2012. A video projection of the work was screened at the MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies at Ludlow 38 on March 31, 2012 and at Artists Space on July 24, 2012. With a soundtrack by dj Mosco.

    PPT recording, (15.28):

Reading for the Segue Series at the Bowery Poetry Club, April 9, 2011

  1. Introduction (2:56): MP3
  2. from Seven Controlled Vocabularies (4:34): MP3
  3. A Short History of the Limited Edition (9:53): MP3
  4. The Expanded Preface (7:21): MP3
  5. from Insomnia and the Aunt (10:59): MP3
  • Complete reading (35:42): MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, April 11, 2009

  1. introduction (6:31): MP3
  2. Diary/Blog (4:59): MP3
  3. The Heath Text (4:17): MP3
  4. Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. The Joy of Cooking (9:06): MP3
  5. untitled ambient novel (19:15): MP3
  • Complete reading (46:51): MP3

Appearance on Ceptuetics Radio, September 24, 2008

Complete Recording (29:14): MP3

From Charles Bernstein's Portraits Series: Tan Lin, August 1, 2007

Watch on

Ambient Tan
We met a new Japanese yogurt spot on West 32nd and then over to a Korean place just East of Fifth. The place was empty and we chatted away the afternoon.
(mp4, 50 seconds, 37.2 mb)

Reading as part of the Line Reading Series, May 14, 2002

  1. Introduction (2:34): MP3
  2. from Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004, the Joy of Cooking: Airport Novel Musical Poem Painting Film Photo Landscape (4:10): MP3
Complete Reading (6:42): MP3

Reading at SUNY Buffalo, March 28, 2001

  • Complete Reading (39:39): MP3

Segue Series Reading at Ear Inn, December 9, 1995

  1. Introduction (1:29): MP3
  2. 26 Fairy Tales (1:12): MP3
  3. For Those Accustomed to Beauty it was Blazoned with Reflectors (3:50): MP3
  4. The Son of Ethers in a Victorian Layer Cake (3:02): MP3
  5. Nine Novel Solutions to a Wedding Designed to the Nines (7:51): MP3
  6. A Poem About Nature (1:38): MP3
  7. Broken Sonnets (1:58): MP3
  8. Pulp Fiction vs. Documentary (8:55): MP3
  9. Scarf Poem (1:34): MP3
  • Complete reading (32:57): MP3

Also on PennSound:

  1. Discussion on Pseudonymy/Pseudography with Kent Johnson, Bob Perelman, and Tan Lin hosted by  Joshua Schuster, Kelly Writers House, April 23, 1999. (1:52:31): MP3
  2. Tan Lin reads at the launch of Charles Bernstein's All the Whiskey in Heaven, March 28, 2010

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