CHRIS VITIELLO

Photo by J. Caldwell

Photo by J. Caldwell

Chris Vitiello is a writer, poet, critic, and performer based in Durham. He has a writing MFA from Naropa University and has written three books of poetry, the most recent being Obedience (Ahsahta Press, 2012). He took his performance installation, “The Language is Asleep” to ArtPrize9 in 2017, where he wrote and gave away nearly 12,000 one-line poems on dictionary pages over a 28-day endurance performance in the Grand Rapids Art Museum. He is also the Poetry Fox, writing custom, on-demand poems on vintage typewriters at events over the last six years. His critical writing garnered a 2017 Rabkin Prize for Arts Journalism and he's an award-winning chief contributor of art and performance criticism at Indy Week. He has curated exhibitions at art spaces including the Ackland Art Museum, The Carrack, and the Fruit.

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3D view of "The Language is Asleep" from Artprize 2017
 



PEOPLE + ORGANIZATIONS MENTIONED

TOPICS DISCUSSED: 

| Dinner table rhetoric
| The sacredness (and anti-capitalism) of libraries
| Isolation and permission of escapism not serving practice.
| Writing as an act of generosity
| Transformational experiences, how art changes you
| Endurance performance leading to presence and openness to change.
| Artist as an outsider from the way the rest of the world works.
| Artists as an extremely resourceful category of people.
| Thinking and working ethically, ideally, socially, and as a form of activism.
| Supporting the artistic spaces that bring the work you enjoy.
 

 
Photo by Rachel Berbec

Photo by Rachel Berbec

 
Photo by Rachel Berbec

Photo by Rachel Berbec

On Demand Poetry: 
"Sunshine"

The sunshine today is unique, say the astronomers
who watch the surface of the sun
I might not care  
I might care more about the freckles these rays
rays on either side of my nose

 

"The Language is Asleep" 

"The Language is Asleep" 

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