[spectre] New podcast: Kenneth Goldsmith talks about writing and the digital

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Mon Dec 18 17:50:06 CET 2017

*New podcast:* Kenneth Goldsmith
<http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/kenneth-goldsmith-literature/capsula> talks
about challenging and unchallenging literature, the DNA of the internet and
what he calls his “third act”.

Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/kenneth-goldsmith-literature/capsula

Kenneth Goldsmith is a multidisciplinary author, artist, editor, poet and
all round agent provocateur. He once claimed to have appropriated and
conveniently reshaped Douglas Huebler’s infamous line: ‘The world is full
of objects, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more.’
Goldsmith’s version, ‘The world is full of texts, more or less interesting;
I do not wish to add any more’, seems to be only half true, though. Both
his writing and his archival practice as the founder of UbuWeb, draw
heavily on collage, appropriation and the power of the copy as the ultimate
creative gesture. But this has, contrary to the claim, yielded a vast opus
of critically acclaimed texts, novels, essays and experimental literary
objects built through accumulation and sedimentation.

In this conversation, Kenneth discusses some of his own phases as an
artist, and establishes a rather unexpected connection between early 20th
century avant-garde movements and the digital age. Despite the time gap
between the two, Goldsmith traces an invisible line that invites us to view
modernism under a different light, not so much as a failed revolution, but
as a slow process of sedimentation, whose droplets sank and filtered
throughout decades, only to resurface now in the wild stream of our own
digital culture.


If you want to dig up in Kenneth Goldsmith's collector habits, we also
recommend our MEMORABILIA. Collecting sounds with...
with him:



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