New York Live Arts presents

Marjani Forte
Nov 15-19


BOMB 130 Winter 2015

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Interviews

Theaster Gates by Tom McDonough

“I like to work very hard,” Theaster Gates remarks in the following conversation, which just might be the understatement of the year. 

Paweł Althamer by Nell McClister
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The Polish artist recently mounted a new participatory installation on Hydra Island in Greece, where Nell McClister prompted him to talk about the core of his collaborative projects: community, experimentation, and spirituality.

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin by Sabine Mirlesse
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When I arrived in London this past September to meet Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin at their studio, the first thing we discussed was the power play between interviewer and interviewee.

Martin Wilner by Francis Levy
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Martin Wilner is an artist and psychiatrist. For his ongoing Case Histories—a series of portraits each completed over the course of a month—subjects send him daily dispatches that are woven into the drawings. Novelist Francis Levy calls the process “a mini analysis of sorts.”

Paola Prestini by Helga Davis
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Composer Paola Prestini is the creative director of the soon-to-open Original Music Workshop. With vocalist Helga Davis, she elaborates on her Italian and Mexican background and her collaborations with artists of other disciplines.

A.G. Porta by Margaret Hooks
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The Catalan author of The No World Concerto talks about his early collaborations with Roberto Bolaño and the slew of novels that followed a lengthy hiatus from writing.

Eugène Green by Nicholas Elliott
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American-born French director applies the paradox of the Baroque worldview to the composition of his films, and most recently, to La Sapienza. Nicholas Elliott probes Green’s interest in the tension between spirit and reason.

Pierre Guyotat by Noura Wedell
Pierre Guyotat

The French writer speaks to his translator about his latest autobiographical novel to appear in English. Titled In the Deep, it deals with the link between desire and his early literary output, as well as the effect of his Catholic upbringing and World War II on his imagination.

Artists on Artists
Cristina de Middel by Pradeep Dalal
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With official-seeming letters folded next to staged photographs, the project moves fluently between the evidentiary and the fanciful.

Bethany Ides by Suzanne Joelson
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For the past decade my sense of Bethany Ides’s work was based on hearsay, bits and scraps, or long distance perception.

Leeza Meksin by Sophie Pinkham
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In the garden behind the gallery, Meksin installed Winglet, a huge piece of hot-pink open mesh layered with smaller pieces of bright-pink and neon-green patterned spandex.

First Proof
Five Poems by David Vandeloo

  a lovers’ knot the chancellor / resembles at foot towards / cliff / fuck       the       presumed / mountain

The Good Farmer and the Bad Farmer, A Story of Woodchuck by Ted Pelton

Woodchuck was wandering on a path through woods one day when his leg caught in some vines.

Bar Diary, Barcelona, District 5, Winter of 1979 by Roberto Bolaño & A.G. Porta

This article is only available in print.

The Cub by Celia Dovell Bell

Leonard changed lanes without using his blinker, as was his habit. 

Poems and Drawings from Window-book by Semezdin Mehmedinović
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There’s a content to forgetting, just as there’s a content to remembering. 

Kunicki: Water II from Runners by Olga Tokarczuk

“The island’s not that big,” says Branko’s wife Djurdjica as she fills his cup with thick, strong coffee.

Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera by Richard Kraft
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Amid the cacophony of collage, there is also, here, a baseline of story marching on: again and again the soldiers, the trucks. Isn’t it a natural impulse to want to follow that line? 

Editor's Choice

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Selected Poetry, Edited and Translated by Stephen Sartarelli by Jonas Mekas

That summer, that hot Roman summer afternoon, I see you sitting on the curb, waiting for the door to open, & seeing all those movies, yes, that hot Roman summer day.

Finnbogi Petursson’s Second/Second by Scott Turri
​Finnboggi Petursson, Infra-Supra

On his second stop at Wood Street Galleries, Icelandic artist Finnbogi Petursson returns with Second/Second, his first solo US exhibition, featuring two large installations involving sound, light, and water.

Erik Satie’s A Mammal’s Notebook by Anthony Huberman
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One way to understand the work of Erik Satie is to imagine a place somewhere between two opposite artistic poles: James McNeill Whistler and Robert Filliou.

Kate Soper’s Here Be Sirens by Andrea Ray
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Kate Soper’s Here Be Sirens explores, through beautiful harmonies and curious discords, the constraint of fixed roles and the desire to release oneself from them through the activity of research—finding the origin of the fixed identity being key to redefining and freeing oneself.

Takashi Makino’s 2012 by Marianne Shaneen
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Takashi Makino’s thirty-minute film 2012—screened as part of the New York Film Festival’s Projections series in October—drenches the audience with sounds of prolonged resonant scraped string textures and images of shimmering blue clouds of drifting particles. 

Simon Critchley’s Memory Theatre by Nova Benway
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“Who speaks in the work of Samuel Beckett?” asks Simon Critchley in his probing 1998 essay on the nature of the Irish writer’s narrative voice.

Ralph Lemon’s Scaffold Room by Jenn Joy
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A love letter composed from a scaffold. Isn’t this the way we live now?

Numero Group’s Music from the Mountain Provinces by Clinton Krute
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The allure of “ethnomusicological” records is, for me, only partially derived from their exoticism. 

Astra Taylor’s The People’s Platform by Orit Gat
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Was the Internet intended for you? It’s hard to think about it structurally without throwing personal use into the mix.

Also

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