NEWSgrist Worthy Reads

by Art Fag City on April 24, 2006 Events

Joy Garnett of NEWSgrist posted a great interview Friday, In Conversation with Paul Chan: his own private Alexandria (v.1). Chan’s latest work is a series of audio works whereby he reads seminal humanities writings. As art and performance I think these works hold nominal interest, but as a personal project that has evolved into an online audio archive of important essays the work is fantastic. A clip of Garnett’s conversation is listed below.

…The project as a whole is a remix: an archive of remixed performance. Or: Personal Archive as Remix if you prefer. On the other hand, the fact that the citations are accurate and genuine, even providing ISBNs, makes it very much like a library or archive (you are providing access), but instead of amassing and organizing actual books and offprints, you have amassed and organized your performances of excerpts. Most important, you are forming a bridge, contributing to the education of the “Ipod Generation”; you are providing a unique kind of access to otherwise remote texts to a certain demographic of listeners who consume information in a certain way…

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