[rohrpost] HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails

Karl Dietz karl.dz at gmail.com
Di Apr 9 10:21:40 CEST 2019

> Kenneth Goldsmith
> *HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails*
> Despar Teatro Italia, Venice / Italy
> May 9–November 24, 2019
> *Opening and book signing:* May 9, 7:30pm, with Kenneth Goldsmith
> *The Mirror:* May 9, 9:30pm, live cinema performance by People Like Us
> *Despar Teatro Italia*
> Campiello de l'Anconeta 1944, Cannaregio
> 30121 Venice
> Italy
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> Curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi
> Despar Teatro Italia opens the door to *HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton
> Emails*, a solo exhibition by the artist and poet *Kenneth Goldsmith*
> organized by the curatorial team *Francesco Urbano Ragazzi*. The project
> will be inaugurated on May 9, 2019 in conjunction with the 58th Venice
> Biennale thanks to the combined commitment of *The Internet Saga
> <https://interspire.e-flux.com/link.php?M=72346&N=25638&L=173340&F=H>*
> and *Zuecca Projects
> <https://interspire.e-flux.com/link.php?M=72346&N=25638&L=173338&F=H>*,
> with the support of Despar Aspiag Service.
> The exhibition will be held in the Cinema Teatro Italia which, at the
> beginning of the last century, was the second and largest cinema on the
> island. Following a meticulous restoration of its frescoes and a careful
> structural renovation, the building was converted into a supermarket by
> Despar in 2016. In this spectacular environment, Kenneth Goldsmith reflects
> on the intermingling between the private and public spaces in the age of
> mass digitalization. His starting point is the case which, exactly ten
> years ago, changed irrevocably the notions of privacy and transparency,
> propaganda and democracy in Western politics. It was in 2009 when the first
> doubts arose regarding a private server that Hillary Clinton was using for
> sending e-mails during her term as Secretary of State. Although the
> American senator has never been incriminated or convicted for any crime,
> the episode certainly contributed to her defeat—and the consequent victory
> of Donald Trump—during the Presidential Elections in 2016.
> Using the techniques of appropriation and collage theorized in his book
> Uncreative Writing, Kenneth Goldsmith makes public for the first time in
> printed format all the e-mails which, according to WikiLeaks, were sent
> from the domain clintonemail.com between 2009 and 2013. The almost 60,000
> pages of documentation are printed in double copy and are on display in the
> balcony and in the lobby on the second floor of Despar Teatro Italia. The
> pile of papers is rather unimpressive, rebutting Trump’s efforts to make
> them monumental. In this way, Goldsmith creates the greatest poem of the
> 21st century, an anti-monument to the folly of Trump’s heinous smear
> campaign against Clinton. In an ambient somewhere between a library, a
> theatre stage and an embassy, the language of digital bureaucracy is
> transformed into a work of literature.
> *HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails* also has the aim of recreating the
> original function of the Despar Teatro Italia. The big cinema screen, which
> today is above the gastronomic counter of the supermarket, will be used to
> project videos and films. The programming of this temporary cinema will
> include a selection of works from UbuWeb, a portal which Kenneth Goldsmith
> founded in 1996 to diffuse avant-garde films and poems online. Among the
> largest of this type, the archive makes copies of thousands of rare works
> available for everyone, representing an essential meeting point between
> analogical and digital culture. The projection of UbuWeb on the big screen
> has the aim of showing how audio-visual formats are translated and diffused
> on the Internet. In the programmes—which will be transmitted every day from
> 6 to 7pm and which will be changed weekly—there will be, among others,
> works by *Peggy Ahwesh, Sophia Al-Maria, Johanna Bruckner, Alex Da Corte,
> Cheryl Donegan, Shadi Habib Allah, Bek Hyunjin, Lev Manovich, Alix
> Pearlstein, People Like Us, Christine Rebet, Sabrina Röthlisberger, Sara
> Sackner, Leah Singer, Stan VanDerBeek, Jennifer West, Jordan Wolfson.*
> During the inauguration on May 9 the catalogue of the exhibition published
> by NERO with texts by Kenneth Goldsmith, Francesco Urbano Ragazzi and the
> philosopher Emanuele Coccia will be made available. Furthermore, the
> publishing house will present the first translation in the Italian language
> of Uncreative Writing and will host a special event in the Despar Teatro
> Italia. During the opening night, *People Like Us*
> <https://interspire.e-flux.com/link.php?M=72346&N=25638&L=173342&F=H>
> will present the Italian premiere of her new live cinema performance *The
> Mirror*.

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