ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DAVID COLOSI was born in Fairport, New York, and has lived in Brooklyn since 1994. He received a BA from SUNY Plattsburgh (1989) in Creative Writing and Sculpture, an MFA from California Institute for the Arts (1991) where he began experimenting in Three-Dimensional Literature with performance, and an MA from New York University (2006) where he solidified his theoretical position with a sustained study of the theoretical and fictional works of Umberto Eco. At NYU he studied with Boris Groys, Robert Storr, and Agnes Heller and was fortunate to sit in on the annual lecture series delivered by Jacques Derrida. Colosi is also the author of two exhibition documents, Imaginary Numbers and Other Calculated Fictions (2011) and The Life and Thoughts of a Retired Apostrophe (2010); the novel, Miss Pumpernickel Bread; another theoretical work, On Becoming An Ass: Jimmy Raskin’s Poetics of the Misfire (forthcoming from Sequence Press); and his poems have been collected in Laughing Blood (2004) and anthologized in From Totems to Hip-Hop: a Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas, 1900-2002 (2004). His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2009 he received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. The Center for Three-Dimensional Literature (3dlit.org) archives his projects.
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Towards a Three-Dimensional Literature is a call to Literature to think outside the book, step off the page, and read its way into space. The essay defines Three-Dimensional Literature as an interdisciplinary trend or genre in art production. Initially, Three-Dimensional Literature is defined against two related "new genres": the Nouveau Roman as defined by Alain Robbe-Grillet and Installation Art through the examples of Ilya Kabakov and Ed and Nancy Kienholz, for starters. The following sections participate in a discussion already underway in the works of Arthur C. Danto, Nelson Goodman, Gerard Genette, and Umberto Eco as a means to, first, define Three-Dimensional Literature within the field of literary practice and production against its more conventionally conceived (two-dimensional) linguistic counterpart and, second, to define Three-Dimensional Literature within the larger field of art practice and production by considering three questions: What is Art? When is Art? and How is Art? Part 1 concludes with a brief summary and an introductory answer to the question What is Three-Dimensional Literature? and projects a Part 2 which adds to this theoretical stage an historical context. The completed book will be in three parts: Part 1 establishes the theoretical framework, Part 2 will establish the historical framework by nominating examples to play for and against the theoretical definition proposed in Part 1, and Part 3 will establish Colosi's position, motivation, production and practice as a literary artist/theorist within the frameworks of Parts 1 & 2.
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