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The Creative Writing Program and the Department of Art host poetry event in collaboration with Space 204 exhibition

Posted by on Thursday, September 22, 2022 in News and Events.

The Creative Writing Program and the Department of Art at Vanderbilt University invite you to Pendulum: Poetry Responds to Art, an event in collaboration with the Space 204 exhibition Entropic Systems from Laleh Mehran.

Poets from the MFA program at Vanderbilt University will spend time within Mehran’s immersive exhibition and respond to their experience with prose. The responses will be presented in person for a one night.

This event is free and open to the public with a reception to follow.

Event Details:
Pendulum: Poetry Responds to Art
Date: October 6 (Thursday)
Time: 7PM
Location: Room 220, E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, 1204 25th Avenue South, Nashville, Tn
Contact: Please email The Department of Art at Vanderbilt University with questions at

This event is co-sponsored by The Creative Writing Program, the Department of Art, and the Robert Penn Warren Center at Vanderbilt University. This event is also part of the Vanderbilt, Arts, and the Middle East: Building Bridges to the Global and the Local Curatorial Program (curated by Raheleh Filsoofi, Jonathan Rattner, and Qais Assali) and the Visions of Diversity: Middle Eastern Art and Aesthetic Seminar hosted by Raheleh Filsoofi and the Robert Penn Warren Center.

Laleh Mehran was born in Iran and relocated with her family to the United States at the start of the Iranian Islamic Revolution. She creates elaborate environments in digital and physical spaces focused on complex intersections between politics, religion, and science. Mehran is a Professor of Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Her work has been shown individually and collaboratively in the USA and international venues including the ISEA (United Arab Emirates), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), FILE (Brazil), ACT Festival (South Korea), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Massachusetts), Mattress Factory Museum (Pennsylvania), Carnegie Museum of Art (Pennsylvania), The Georgia Museum of Art (Georgia), The Andy Warhol Museum (Pennsylvania), Denver Art Museum (Colorado), Biennial of the Americas at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (Colorado), 404 International Festival of Art & Technology (Argentina), Next 5 Minutes 4 Tactical Media Festival (Netherlands), European Media Arts Festival (Germany), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (Colorado), Currents: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival (New Mexico), and the Pittsburgh Biennial (Pennsylvania). Mehran has received awards including the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, West Virginia Commission on the Arts, the Creative Capital Foundation Grant (as subRosa collective) and the Mission Strategic Resource Plan for Enhancing Mutual Understanding for The Embassy of the USA in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Space 204 and Laleh Mehran would like to acknowledge Chris Coleman and Reza Filsoofi for the assist with the installation process of Entropic Systems. Chris Coleman is a close collaborator of Mehran in the role of mechanical engineer – setting up and fine tuning the projection system and drawing machine mechanisms.  Reza Filsoofi assisted Mehran with audio editing/composition heard in the exhibition

Middle Eastern Program

Entropic Systems will be on view in Space 204, the contemporary gallery space located on the second floor of the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, Vanderbilt University. This exhibition is part of the Vanderbilt, Arts, and the Middle East: Building Bridges to the Global and the Local curatorial program, organized by the exhibition committee: Raheleh Filsoofi, Jonathan Rattner, and Qais Assali.

The Middle Eastern program for the 2022 calendar year will focus on Middle Eastern themes and issues.  Artists from different disciplines will demonstrate a variety of approaches to visual representation, performance, and graphic design.  The exhibitions that compose the program will be complemented by academic round table discussions which will take place within the didactic visual environments that we establish. The program’s goal is to raise awareness of the Middle East and connect the university with Middle Eastern communities in the larger Nashville population enhancing and promoting the university’s community engagement.