A Proposition by Paul Chan: Wht is a book?

When 10 Dec 2011
3:00PM - 5:00PM
Where New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
United States
Cost Free New Museum Members, $8 General Public

Courtesy of the artist and New Museum

December 10 2011, 3pm

Press Release:

In 2010, Paul Chan started a press, Badlands Unlimited. Historical distinctions between books, files, and artworks are dissolving rapidly. Badlands publishes e-books as well as paper books and produces new works by artists and writers who embody the spirit of this emerging dissolution. At least this is what the website says. In reality, Badlands is a series of questions in the form of an independent publishing venture. Those questions include: What is reading? How does reading turn into knowing? How does knowing become doing? Does it matter if knowing only knows? What is a book? Is reading a book different from reading a menu, or an affidavit, or a painting? Why are books associated with bodies? When books are burned, why is it natural to assume that people are next? Does it have to do with Eros? How do you burn an e-book?

Propositions is a public forum that explores ideas in development. Each two-day seminar introduces a topic of current investigation in an invited speaker’s own artistic or intellectual practice. Over the course of a seminar session, these developing ideas are responded to, researched, and discussed to propel them forward in unique ways.

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