ABSTRACT / Chris Kraus will read an unpublished story, “Face,” that chronicles an encounter between an international art writer and a young Romanian curator in Berlin, 2011. Invited to participate in an ‘art project,’ the writer is summoned to Berlin to see the curator’s first exhibition which, it turns out, has been installed and produced just for her eyes. Is it a pataphysical joke or a psychoanalytic encounter? “Face,” a psychic collaboration between the two parties involved, points to the persistence of difference and the disparity of cultural privilege in the international art world. Kraus’ reading will be followed by a discussion with writer Jennifer Krasinski.
BIOGRAPHY / Chris Kraus is a prolific and internationally recognized American writer, editor and art critic whose work focuses on a range of underrepresented art world realms and conditions. Her 1995 genre-defying book, I Love Dick, has recently been adapted as an Amazon television series. She has taught creative writing and art writing at The European Graduate School and has been a visiting professor at the Art Center College of Design, the University of California, New York University, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the Los Angeles Contemporary Archives. Along with Sylvère Lotringer and Hedi El Kholti, Kraus is coeditor of the influential publishing house Semiotext(e), which has introduced much of contemporary French theory to an American audience.
Chris Kraus in Discussion with Jennifer Krasinski
September 16, 9:45 – 10:45AM
Engineered Air Theatre, 234 9 Avenue SW