Response to Jennifer Chin’s A Morphology of Luxury at Undefined 2, 2015

Not Jennifer Chin’s photo, but taken from here:

The following poems were read at Undefined 2: as a response to Jennifer Chin’s artwork in exhibit.

Her work is a visceral take on consumption and consumerism.

Before you read below, check out her work here: 


Response to Jennifer Chin’s A Morphology of Luxury by Jacqueline Valencia at Undefined 2 2015

Fruit Loops

through the best minds of color, blue 2, turmerical





dragging hysterical naked,

dragging hysteric color,

blue 2,


color, blue

2, turmerical naked,

dragging hysteric cold-water

flavor, blue 2, turmerical naked,

dragging hysterical


dragging hysteric

color, blue 2, turmerical naked,

dragging hysteric cold-water flavor,

blue 2,

turmeric color,

blue 2,

turmeric color, blue 2, turmeric color, blue 2, turmerical naked,

dragging hysterical naked,

dragging hysterical naked,

dragging in the best


of night,


poverty and/or




Hostess, your cup cakes.

A cushion has

this best-selling


a very

likely roundness

and a


a very likely squiggle

costume is like roundness and

a difference

a very likely

roundness and more like

a chair and a cushion


a difference a very likely

roundness and a place

to change

in appearance,

supposing you

know the signature squiggles



Enjoy in multipack


in feather is

not much more joy in that you do


know there is like to season that


may not a very clean



may not

a very little

difference a very clean them.

Gratitude. You know. Squiggles.


Little powdered donuts


little powdered donuts

making you feel good or

completing your fill

they can maximize


the agar stabilizing

chemical imbalances

with an icing agent

language is a virus

Sugar is a respite

fried up nine to fifteen percent shortening

the pastry

an O

an exclamation

a surprise

or eyes, or tits

if you have two

the little kid

with the phone for an eye

sees your no name package

of little powdered donuts

and you panic because

he knows you


he will ask for just one

then his sticky fingers grab at another


Melodically he pleads

big o’s

You must resist


from his or yours

an exclamation


hide them

stuff as many as you can

in your consuming mouth

fevered in love wanting in need

palm oil skim milk powder

skin skinned pleased

more high


fast food gratitude

Donut. You contain stablizers

Maximize me

Hold me solid in this moment

Contain high levels of agar

enriched wheat flour


complete me with

potassium chloride.



Announcing our line up for UNDEFINED 2!

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UNDEFINED is a night with unfixed limits in art: language, music, and visual. Bringing the conceptual and experimental in poetry, film, performance, art, and music that fits nowhere and everywhere.

**PWYC sugg. donation $5 (but no one will be denied entrance if they can’t!) – a bucket/basket to be passed around at brief intermission

Hashtag: #undefinedTO

This year, we are proud to feature:

* CHERYL DUVALL: Cheryl Duvall is a multi-faceted musician and pianist. She is active as a soloist, collaborative pianist, teacher and adjudicator and has toured and performed throughout Canada, Italy, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, England, Argentina and the U.S. She is especially passionate about contemporary music, which has led her along with friend and violinist Ilana Waniuk, to co-found the Thin Edge New Music Collective, now in their fourth season. Thin Edge completed a Canadian tour in winter 2013, was guest artists in residence at the SoundSCAPE Festival of New Music in Maccagno, Italy in 2013 and at Le Pantographe in Moutier, Switzerland in 2014 and has undertaken a Canadian tour with Montreal’s Ensemble Paramirabo throughout 2015. To date, they are responsible for the commissioning and premieres of 27 new works in the past 3 years with plans for 13 new works throughout their fourth concert season. Cheryl is also a member of the experimental project, Bespoken, a mixed ensemble of musicians of different genres, who released the album, Aigre Douce – music of Nick Storring and Daniel Brandes, in November 2013 under Divorce Records’ Heavy Fog label. An experienced choral accompanist, Ms. Duvall is the pianist for the Toronto based Bell Arte Singers and the internationally renowned Oakville Children’s Choir, to which she has toured and competed internationally with gold standings as well as recorded an album of Canadian choral repertoire. She was the music director for Essential Opera’s 3 Premieres project and has also collaborated with FAWN New Opera for their premiere of Adam Scime’s L’Homme et le ciel, with both of these productions having second presentations at Kitchener-Waterloo’s bi-annual Open Ears Festival in 2014. Cheryl has attended the Casalmaggiore Music Festival in Italy, the Palazzo Ricci masterclass series, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and held two artistic residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2009, she was awarded a SSHRC grant for her pedagogical research on how to incorporate aspects of the Alexander Technique into lessons with beginner piano students. Besides performing, she maintains a full private piano studio and adjudicates piano competitions across Canada. Ms. Duvall completed an Honours Bachelor of Music, majoring in Piano Performance and Theory and a Diploma of Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as a Master’s of Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Toronto. Her main teachers and influences include Guy Few, Chris Foley, Midori Koga, Carmen Piazzinni, Nina Tichman, Henri-Paul Sicsic, and Anya Alexeyev.

*GARY BARWIN: Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, and melted media artist, and the author of 18 books of poetry and fiction as well as books for kids. His most recent collections are Moon Baboon Canoe (poetry, Mansfield Press, 2014) and The Wild and Unfathomable Always (Xexoxial Editions, 2014). Forthcoming books include Yiddish for Pirates (novel, Random House Canada, 2016), I, Dr Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457 (fiction, Anvil 2015) and Sonosyntactics: Selected and New Poetry of Paul Dutton (WLUP, 2015).

He is 2014-2015 Writer-in-Residence at Western University and he received a PhD (music composition) from SUNY at Buffalo. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario and at Once, he was Governor of Louisiana, but it’s best that we don’t talk about it.

*RIK MACLEAN: Inspired by stars and chemistry and chocolate, Rik MacLean has been making music under various guises for almost twenty years now, and he is very excited to be performing at Undefined in his latest incarnation as RikM.

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*JENNIFER CHIN: Jennifer Chin is a multi disciplinary visual artist based in Toronto, ON. Canada.

Her art practice is informed by the physical properties of materials and their potential metaphoric implications. Through these examinations, she explores ideas of excess, tension, containment, consumption, and luxury in human desire and relationships.

*HELEN MELBOURNE: Writing, reading, research and visual art are a compulsion, a necessity of life for me, like breathing, like eating.

Writing for most of my life, I have rarely tried to publish any of my work. My first rejection slip was from the Canadian Forum. The editor wrote me a brief note stating that I “wrote like a teenager”. In reading the note years later I realized that the note was meant to be caustic criticism of an adult writer. I was fifteen at the time.

My life has had so many twists and turns and unexpected zig-zags and rollercoasters I cannot yet name my journey beyond these: Poet, Painter, Planner, Person, Misfit. I survive by exploring new directions, and opening locked doors.

* ANDIE WOLF: Born in Toronto, Andie Wolf grew up with a freedom to explore the outdoors, and quickly became enchanted with the natural world and its inhabitants around her. She began photographing, drawing, and collecting anything and everything to do with animals. Like many creative children, Wolf was also drawn to the scary and exciting world of monsters and the magical. At a very early age she stumbled upon the work of Edward Gorey, and was immediately entranced by the depth of his ink work and macabre story lines. Wolf continued to seek out books and art works which depicted the darker sides of childhood.

Both of these themes are strong forces within the work Wolf creates. Her love of animals permeates through her illustrations and paintings, often being the central focus of a piece, and at times with an underlying darkness. At the same time, Wolf manages to capture her subject matter with a delightful mixture of realism and whimsy.

While her studies and degree were acquired in Still Photography Studies at Ryerson University, Wolf’s love for painting and illustration has always been her driving force, and one she has returned to after years in other fields. She’s experimented with all forms of visual art, including charcoal and ink, watercolour and acrylic, as well as mixed media and clothing design. Her experience and training as a photographer has honed her natural and keen eye for composition, beauty, and detail.


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Curated and hosted by Jacqueline Valencia (for more information on other nights or to be part of more Undefined, email me at ravensee at gmail dot com)

UNDEFINED 2: the unclassifiable event is back!

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May 21, 2015


(187 Augusta Avenue, Toronto)


UNDEFINED is a night with unfixed limits in art: language, music, and visual. Bringing the conceptual and experimental in poetry, film, performance, art, and music that fits nowhere and everywhere.


There will be creative and uncreative writing workshops tied into this event. More info soon.

**This was last year’s:
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UNDEFINED: a night with unfixed limits in art April 23rd @ Wilson 96

Gardening with John 2005, © Susan Levenstein

April 23rd, 2014, @Wilson 96 (now renamed Bar Radio)
615 College Street, Toronto, Ontario  (click for map)


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UNDEFINED is a night with unfixed limits in art: language, music, and visual. Bringing four conceptual poets, an experimental filmmaker, music that fits nowhere and everywhere. Featuring:

* LIZ WORTH: Worth’s first novel, PostApoc, was published by Now or Never Publishing in 2013. Her 2009 non-fiction debut, Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond, was the first to give an in-depth account of Toronto’s early punk scene. Liz has also written a poetry collection, Amphetamine Heart, and three chapbooks. She currently resides in Toronto. http://www.lizworth

* ERIC SCHMALTZ : is an intermedia language artist and researcher. His work has appeared in various places online and in print including Jacket2, Open Letter, Rampike, Poetry is Dead, dead (g)end(er), and ditch,. He is also a regular contributor to Lemon Hound’s reviews section. His first chapbook MITSUMI ELEC. CO. LTD: keyboard poems was published by above/ground press in 2014 and his chapbook EVERYDAY IS BLACK FRIDAY is forthcoming from Gauss PDF. Eric lives in Toronto where he co-curates AvantGarden.

*LINDSAY CAHILL: is a Toronto-based editor, visual poet, and remixer. her work has been widely published across Canada, and internationally in the U.S. and Australia, most recently in The Rusty Toque, Stroboscope: a magazine of versioned poetics, and’s feature on The Women of Visual Poetry. pieces from her Simpsons remix project will be featured in Jonathan Ball’s forthcoming anthology WHY POETRY SUCKS. she currently co-edits the Toronto and NYC based mag outlandish with Kelly Wydryk.

* POEM is a new conceptual sound-noise poet duet comprised of LIZ WORTH and JACQUELINE VALENCIA

*ANDREW JAMES PATERSON: is an internedia artist active with video, film, writing, performance, curation, and musical performance. Paterson has a history of activity with artist-run culture and self-initiated projects. His videos and films have been exhibited in Seoul, Bangalore, New York, London, Montreal, and other international venues in addition to Toronto. His work has always entertained a performative element, and he has presented performances in tandem with projected film and video in many venues.
Paterson has also functioned as a writer and editor, most notably for YYZ Books with the book Money, Value, Art (2001 co-edited with Sally McKay).

Many of Paterson’s work are concerned with the tensions between bodies, technologies, and institutions. His body of work is characterized by a symbiotic relationship between bodies, landscapes, technological initiatives, and abstraction. Paterson has served as a curator or programmer for many organizations: Cinematheque Ontario, the Images Festival, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Trinity Square Video, Mercer Union, and others. He continues to oscillate between bodies and technologies in his own works, and he now works as a coordinator for the 8 fest festival of small-gauge films.

*PHIL MILETIC : is a writer and visual artist-inprogress. his recent work can be found in an upcoming leaflet from NO PRESS, a chapbook “And the Birds Sing” from Ribbon Pig, otoliths, outlandish zine, Poetry is Dead, and a few others. he lives in kitchener, pursuing his doctoral studies in english at the university of waterloo.

*JULI BISSON WHITTOM: is an emerging Toronto artist. Working predominantly in acrylic on wood, she is currently exploring the theme of mythos and legend. Also a singer, she has performed in this year’s production of Carmen with the Toronto City Opera and pursuing further roles in the upcoming season.

*JENNIFER VALENCIA: studied cinema studies and fine arts at UofT. She works with mixed media focusing on photography, film, music, and performance art. She has been volunteering and working for several film festival around the city for over 9 years. While currently working at Hot Docs she developing her writing as a film critique and developing art projects. Jennifer will be assisted by Laura Brown for her performance.


A basket will be handed out throughout the night: suggested donation $10 or PWYC.

Come witness (and drink!) the unbounded night offerings at UNDEFINED.

****This will be UNDEFINED first night. Tentatively planning other nights, if possible, so please message me (Jacqueline) with inquiries at ravensee at gmail dot com