Photographs and video are now available from the February 25, 2015 event “Birds of Metal in Flight: An Evening of Poetry with 5+5.” The landmark event, held in the beautiful Cathedral of St. John the Divine, featured a reading by five Chinese poets: Bei Dao, Ouyang Jianghe, Xi Chuan, Zhai Yongming, and Zhou Zan; and five American poets: Charles Bernstein, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Pierre Joris, Marilyn Nelson, and Afaa Weaver. The event featured remarks by internationally acclaimed artist Xu Bing, the Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski, Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and Lydia H. Liu, Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.
The event was co-sponsored by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Confucius Institute at Columbia University, Xu Bing Studio, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Department of English and Comparative Literature, the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia Global Centers East Asia, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC) of the School of the Arts.
For a discussion with Columbia University professor Lydia H. Liu about Xu Bing’s “Phoenix,” please click here. To listen to and see photographs from the February 24, 2015 “Sound and Image” discussion between Xu Bing and the five Chinese poets at Columbia, please click here.