New York Live Arts presents

Marjani Forte
Nov 15-19


BOMB 139 Spring 2017

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Interviews

George Saunders by Sam Lipsyte

Historical analogies between the Civil War period and our own time are plentiful in a conversation about the author’s much-anticipated first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.

Steffani Jemison by Ben Lerner
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Early film, nineteenth-century science fiction, and experimental musical languages serve a young artist’s explorations of race and our political present.

Amitav Ghosh and Curt Stager
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If novelists could tell the story of climate change, they might spark the action scientists are calling for in order to save the planet.

Ron Athey by Zackary Drucker
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From the Pentecostal churches of his youth to ’80s underground Goth punk and queer clubs to museums around the world, an iconic performance artist tells his story.

Stephin Merritt by Franklin Bruno
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The prolific New York lyricist digs into songcraft on the occasion of his new autobiographical album, 50 Song Memoir.

Rita Ackermann by Josh Smith
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We listen in as two painters talk painting, studio practice, and the way their works live out in the world.

Bryan Hunt by Jack Stephens
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A lifelong fascination with natural forms and outer space is at the heart of Hunt’s sculptures and paintings.

David Levine by James N. Kienitz Wilkins
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Body swapping, infinite loops, and ’70s conspiracy thrillers haunt the dynamic performances of a movie-loving artist and the actors he works with.

Hari Kunzru and Sjón
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Ghost stories, paganism, the blues, and silent cinema are just some of the fixations of two authors known for novels steeped in history.

First Proof
Xuanjitu by Su Hui​
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(The Map of the Armillary Sphere)

from Compass by Mathias Énard

I’d rather be in my bed, eyes in the dark, lying on my back, head resting on a soft pillow, than in the desert, even in the company of Félicien David, even in the company of Sarah.

from Atlantic Hotel by João Gilberto Noll

I got on the bus and saw that my seat was at the end of the aisle, next to a very pretty blonde. Typical blonde girl’s freckles under her eyes. She was wearing a black sweater and blue velvet pants. Her seat was next to the window.

5CREENSTARS by Andrew E. Colarusso

from The Sovereign

from WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier

I must work, I must eat, I must art, I must mother, I must friend, I must listen, I must observe, constantly I must live.

Four Film-Poems for Maya Deren by Karla Kelsey

Inside a riot of grill-work demarcating property 
Exist high-ceilinged perspectives leading to 
Full window enlargements on visual themes:

Two Poems by Miranda Mellis

this art sitting right in front of the door 
sometimes standing 
occasionally lying down

Half-Hearted Slogan Dance by ​Austin English
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Austin English is an artist living in New York. His book Gulag Casual was recently published by 2dcloud. He has exhibited his artwork and drawings in the US and abroad.

Selections
Karl Ove Knausgaard and Fredrik Ekelund’s Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game by Adam Lehner
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Home and Away consists of letters exchanged between two friends, the Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard and Swedish writer Fredrik Ekelund, over the course of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Sarah Gerard’s Sunshine State by Laura van den Berg
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Sarah Gerard’s essay collection, Sunshine State, embodies Florida’s unpredictability in the best sense.

Mónica de la Torre’s The Happy End / All Welcome by Michael Valinsky
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Conceived as an extended meditation on labor and artistic practice, Mónica de la Torre’s newest work of poetry opens like a flyer pinned to a board or an email alert beaming at you from your inbox.

Sophie Calle’s Rachel Monique by Jennifer Krasinski
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As her mother, Monique Sindler, lay dying, the artist Sophie Calle put a camera at her bedside in order to record her last words. Having always wished to be a part of her daughter’s work, her mother responded: “Finally!”

Michael E. Veal and E. Tammy Kim’s Punk Ethnography: Artists and Scholars Listen to Sublime Frequencies by Michael Blair
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The book reopens questions about appropriation, intellectual property, and colonialism that followed Sun City Girls throughout their career, and also situates these questions within an increasingly globalized and digitized twenty-first century.

Guillermo Calderón’s Villa by Tom Sellar
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It takes a rare kind of playwright to evoke the head-spinning contradictions in our national political psyches.

Artists on Artists
Sheree Hovsepian by Haley Mellin
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Hovsepian addresses current matters in her work, but she does so in a vocabulary that moves beyond binaries and beyond Western mentality, one that follows a different way of thinking and feeling.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz by Jeanine Oleson
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Concerned primarily with Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, where she lives and works, her works defy categorization or any simple read. Rather, they are rich entanglements of place, history, and time.

More

from The Manhattan Project by László Krasznahorkai

I sat at the bar of the Zwiebelfisch in Berlin together with David Bell, the renowned Kant scholar; it happened to be one of his regular haunts and it was the only spot where we could have an undisturbed meeting whenever he was in Berlin.

Project by An-My Lê

In the spring of 2015, An-My Lê was invited by film director Gary Ross to photograph on the set of Free State of Jones, his period war film inspired by the life of Newton Knight, a Mississippi farmer and Southern Unionist who led an armed revolt against the Confederacy in 1864. 

A Punch in 4/4 Time by Valerie Tevere & Angel Nevarez
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On the day of POTUS 45’s inauguration, alt-right front man Richard Spencer was punched in the face during an interview for Australian television.

End Page by David Scher
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The End Is Near (In a Way), So Repent Somehow.