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Krasznahorkai interview.

Ok, a short story for you. I don’t know how long but I spent many years on the road, trying to find architecture that a human being had built in defence against the bad, and that’s why I was in Denmark because of a certain city wall. At night, I couldn’t sleep so I listened to Danish radio between 1 and 2am. I found a programme in which sometimes a woman, sometimes a man read some wonderful poems, unbelievably beautiful and sad.

After a few weeks I went back to Copenhagen to my girlfriend, and said what a wonderful kind of late night literary programme you have between 1 and 2am! But we don’t have such a programme, she said. But I’ve heard it, I said, it must be a literary programme. No, we haven’t one, she said, again, and slowly, she said, it’s almost 1am, please, show me. I found the station on the radio: listen, do you hear? But László, she said, this is the weather report!

And now, an interview with László Krasznahorkai. [via Transcript]

As you might possibly expect, there’s also quite a bit on Béla Tarr in there (as well as some Max Neumann).

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What is a Warhol?

What? [via NYRB]

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Unveil the curtain to the window with no ledge.

"Unveil the curtain to the window with no ledge"

Ryf Zaini
Unveil the curtain to the window with no ledge
2013

Installation
Singapore Art Museum
Part of the “President’s Young Talents” exhibition

Photography by Daryl Li

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Brian Eno talks about visual art.

Brian Eno talks about his work in visual art in this short film. [via YouTube]

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Edition Additions: three musketeers

three musketeers

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The National to perform “Sorrow” for six hours straight.

As part of an installation, the National will perform “Sorrow” (off of High Violet) for six straight hours at MoMA PS1. [via Consequence of Sound]

Good luck, guys.

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New York, New York.

James Nares’s Street, an engrossing and celebratory hour-long, oversized video projection of life in New York City, is a monument to evanescence. Now installed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through May 27, the work was fashioned from sixteen hours of material, recorded in six-second bursts from a vehicle moving through city streets at a rate of thirty miles per hour. Nares used a high-speed Phantom camera capable of filming up to one thousand frames per second; this footage was then slowed down by a factor of twenty so that each six-second pan was distended to two minutes, transforming the artist’s urban safari into a smooth, continuous glacial crawl.

On James Nares’s Street. [via NYRB]

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Re:act.

mercury #2

Francis Ng
Re:act
2010

Mixed media
121cm x 121cm
Hady Ang Collection

Currently at the Singapore Art Museum as part of the “Weight of History” exhibition

Photography by Daryl Li

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Morning surrealism.

Unlike anything in the exhibition, Dalí’s diaphanous 1938 pencil drawing Study for “The Image Disappears,” in which we see, depending on how it catches our eye, a man with a beard or a woman holding a piece of paper in her hand, is an especially impressive example of the double images he made on and off for a number of years. They are undeniably tricky (and they bother some viewers because it is hard, if not impossible, to see fully the two images at once). But for me the purely visual tension they create gives these pictures a formal strength that is not so different from the compositional power of a work by Mondrian. Asking us, moreover, to take in two different images almost simultaneously, they could be said to make concrete Surrealism’s quest, which in some way resembles the quest of psychotherapy, to find an alternative reality to the everyday one we think we are saddled with.

Good morning. Here is an article about the “Drawing Surrealism” exhibition, which is now currently at the Morgan Library and Museum of New York City. [via NYRB]

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The Library of Unborrowed Books.

“You own every book,” my boyfriend often says to me. And sometimes it seems like that’s true. I now own enough unread books to last me at least ten years, and I keep adding to the collection every day.

Books are meant to be read. This is what I say to myself whenever I, with some level of despair, glance at my many bookshelves. My personal library takes up a substantial amount of room in the Brooklyn apartment I share with two friends. I’ve read a lot of books that I own. I’ve also, truth be told, not read a good number of the books. I feel tremendous guilt toward the books I ignore.

It’s no surprise, then, that Meriç Algün Ringborg’s “The Library of Unborrowed Books” exhibition at Art in General, in Manhattan, should catch my eye. I was intrigued by the concept: the artist had selected more than a thousand titles from the Center for Fiction’s library that have never been borrowed.

[via The Paris Review]

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