For this period, detachment is the state of things. Easier, safer, recommended. No noisy, unmanageable, untidy passions. No individual cluttered urgencies with ends and tags askew. Each her own island country, complete and selfsufficient, an isolationist policy in place for all.
This story has been told before. It’s largely an urban romance, for a number of reasons. In one telling gold coins are involved and this implies structures…
Close Encounter of a Biographical Kind
Chris Kraus has written her seventh book, called ‘After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography’, which Semiotext(e) will publish this month. Readers can’t help but be engaged by subject and writer. It is an indispensable book. Keep Reading
For Picasso, the bombing of the Basque city of Guernica in April 1937 marked a new terrifying industrial and anonymous warfare, a warfare of the modern period. Keep Reading
Shirin Neshat and the Art of Tragic Euphoria
A sense of mysticism pervades all of Shirin Neshat’s work, in the gentlest but most persistent manner. It’s evident in her person—this small, delicate as a bird, formidable individual who enchants and engages an audience by making her ethical rigour very clear.
The Photography of Lidwien van de Ven
For the Dutch-born photographer Lidwien van de Ven, photography is a reciprocal process of give and take. The reason for travelling to another country is to learn from where you are, rather than going there to “take” a picture. Keep Reading
An Interview with Geoffrey Farmer
A collision can be many things. In collage it’s the overlay and the edges, the abutment that either creates or disassembles meaning. In a rapid succession of film edits the collision of images interrupts and then creates narrative.
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