Speakeasy: Writing and Contemporary Art
SAM GOULD, ROBBY HERBST
January 16, 2010
How does writing, as a practice, inform contemporary art and vice versa? Speakeasy, a semi-annual series of talks and presentations, will interrogate Artspeak’s mandate to encourage dialogue between visual art and writing. From text based art, visual poetry, and parallel texts to activities of publication and research, how do writing practices and concerns intersect with contemporary art practices? This multipart series will take place at Artspeak from January to April 2010.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2010 2pm
SAM GOULD AND ROBBY HERBST
THE ACT OF PUBLICATION
(Moderated by Aaron Peck)
The second event in the series will approach the notion of publication in contemporary art and writing, from the book to the exhibition and beyond. Sam Gould is a Portland based artist and part of the collaborative Red76. He is the editor of Red76’s The Journal of Radical Shimming (JRS), a tool in print-form to instigate discussion on how we encounter and define history, as well as a forum to propose simple tools to instigate possible future histories in the making. The JRS is interested in immediacy, relegating dominant modes of production – such as “spell-checking,” and “editing” – into the dustbins of history. Transparency is key, along with openness towards the discussion of ideas, and the reformatting of previous considerations in public. Robby Herbst is based in Los Angeles. He is an editor of the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, a self-proclaimed weirdo thinktank.