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Author Betts, Gregory, 1975- author.

Title Finding nothing : being a treatise on absence, neglect, how the avant-garde learned to see Vancouver (or found reason to try), writing on the edge/margin/line, feminist birth stories (or the birth of feminist stories), the VanGardes 1959-1975, a type of collage, concrete, art in unceded territory, Indigenous cultures, foreign incursions, surrealist revolts, & other sundry and otherwise subjects / Gregory Betts
Published Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [2021]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 380 pages) : illustrations, maps
Summary "Experimental literature accelerated dramatically in Vancouver in the 1960s as the influence of New American poetics merged with the ideas of Marshall McLuhan. Vancouver poets and artists began thinking about their creative works with new clarity and set about testing and redefining the boundaries of literature. As new gardes in Vancouver explored the limits of text and language, some writers began incorporating collage and concrete poetics into their work while others delved deeper into unsettling, revolutionary, and Surrealistic imagery. There was a presumption across the avant-garde communities that radical openness could provoke widespread socio-political change. In other words, the intermedia experimentation and the related destruction of the line between art and society pushed art to the frontlines of a broad socio-political battle of the collective imagination of Vancouver. Finding Nothing traces the rise of the radical avant-garde in Vancouver, from the initial salvos of the Tish group, through Blewointment's spatial experiments, to radical Surrealisms and new feminisms. Incorporating images, original texts, and interviews, Gregory Betts shows how the VanGardes signaled a remarkable consciousness of the globalized forces at play in the city, impacting communities, orientations, races, and nations."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on August 26, 2021)
Subject Arts -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- Experimental methods
Avant-garde (Aesthetics) -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- History -- 20th century
Arts -- Experimental methods.
Avant-garde (Aesthetics)
Intellectual life.
Vancouver (B.C.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
British Columbia -- Vancouver.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1487531974
Other Titles VanGardes 1959-1975
Finding nothing : the VanGardes, 1959-1975