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This time-lapse video documents the installation of the LED sculpture For Chicago (2008) for the Museum’s presentation of Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT.
This video focuses on the politics of Jenny Holzer’s work in PROTECT PROTECT. It features Kate Doyle, Senior Analyst at the National Security Archive and Laurel Fletcher, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, University of California, Berkeley. Doyle offers a close look at Holzer’s Redaction Paintings, which feature declassified government documents pertaining to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Fletcher discusses Lustmord—a series of texts Holzer wrote in response to the systematic raping of Bosnian women by Serbian soldiers in the genocidal war in the former Yugoslavia.
Conceived and organized by poet Kenneth Goldsmith on the occasion of the exhibition Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT.
This reading presents eight writers associated with two cutting-edge movements in contemporary poetry: Conceptual Writing and Flarf. The followers of both movements employ technology to write their works, often using strategies familiar to the visual arts: appropriation, falsification, insincerity, and plagiarism. Fusing the avant-garde impulses of the last century with the technologies of the present, these strategies propose an expanded field for twenty-first century poetry. This new writing is not bound exclusively between the pages of a book and it continually morphs from the printed page to the webpage, from the gallery space to the science lab, from the social space of the poetry reading to the social space of the blog. It is a poetics of flux, one that celebrates instability and uncertainty.
Featured poets: Christian Bök, Kenneth Goldsmith, Nada Gordon, Sharon Mesmer, K. Silem Mohammad, Kim Rosenfield, Gary Sullivan, Darren Wershler.