Headlands Center for the Arts

Susan Gevirtz

california | writing
Affiliate Program 2016—2017

Artist Statement

A procession of the damned.
 By the damned, I mean the excluded. We shall have a procession of data that Science has excluded.

The Book of the Damned, Charles Fort

In the Field of Anomalistics they reside.

Addressing them as sympathetic readers Nietzsche said: 
“Let us look each other in the face. We are Hyperboreans—we know well enough how remote our place is.” He quotes Pindar, “Beyond the North, beyond the ice, beyond death—our life, our happiness.”

The Antichrist

Dear Parasympathetic readers,

I am learning to breathe underwater. Finally.
 And to see through ice.

The aquanauts and extreme divers taught me how to hold my breath for fifteen minutes in order to harvest coral reefs and rings of Saturn. I come up panting. I come back ripping off my heavy space suit and holding out a tray of excluded data for you to choose from like chocolates.

Excerpt from HYPERBOREA OR BERMUDA TRIANGLES I HAVE KNOWN
—For Genevieve Quick and Jasmin Lim
ON THE OCCASION OF THE EXHIBITION
 JASMIN LIM AND GENEVIEVE QUICK: I WANT TO STEP ACROSS ON VIEW 12 OCTOBER TO 13 NOVEMBER 2013 
[ 2ND FLOOR PROJECTS ] SAN FRANCISCO.

While At Headlands

Headlands is a place that has nothing and everything in common with some of the places I have been in Greece (where I’ve spent much time). The fact that the nearby ocean is a big highway for all kinds of comings and goings is similar to the sense of being at a hub of motion—particularly of the current Greece with masses of refugees moving through. How is and isn’t, has and hasn’t, this been true of this specific California coastal area? I’ll be reading, walking, interviewing—among many other things—while stationed there. I expect Headlands will be a translation sieve. I’ll be altered and mixed up by the cauldron of the place.

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Banner image credits:

Left: Coming Events (Collected Writings)
Luc Deleu & T.O.P. Office (www.topoffice.to)
Construction X, 1994.
9 shipping containers, Arthur’s Quay Park, Limerick City
As part of EV+A 94, curated by Jan Hoet (www.eva.ie)

Middle: Hotel abc, 2016 Nightboat Books
Cover image photography: Maggie Preston

Right: Cover, Hyperborea or Bermuda Triangles I Have Known, 2013. [ 2nd floor projects ] San Francisco edition.

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Selected Texts

Broadcast (49.41K)

About About (54.17K)

Letter for Translation Panel (56.75K)

HYPERBOREA OR BERMUDA TRIANGLES I HAVE KNOWN (0.96M)

Personal Website

http://susangevirtzwritingworks.blogspot.com