“The World Hangs by a Thread of Verbs and Nouns”(2015)

“Leaf Sculpture: The World Split Open,” Lynne Scott Constantine, 2014, mixed media with a quotation from the poem “Käthe Kollwitz,” by Muriel Rukeyser

“The World Hangs by a Thread of Verbs and Nouns”: Metonymy and Poetic Inquiry in the Demilitarization of Language and Reinvention of the World” was a collaborative multimedia performance exploring the power of poetic language as a tool for promoting peace and advancing social justice. The work was presented at the Fifth International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry in Vancouver, British Columbia, October 2015.

The part of the performance title in quotation marks is from a 1966 manifesto by experimental filmmaker Stan VanDerBeek, who urged artists to invent a new language through which humanity could explore the implications of scientific and technological expansion.